As we gear up the 2017 Legislative Session, I look forward to fighting for the issues we care deeply about like the arts, the environment, education, housing and combating health disparities. This year it will also be very important to work on legislation that protects New York from some of the dangerous initiatives coming out of the Trump administration. I will stand side by side with my colleagues in leading the fight for our immigrant communities, a woman’s right to choose, LGBTQ rights and protecting our everyday freedoms.

Senator Serrano is a proud co-sponsor of the Raise the Age Legislation (Senate Bill: S5642A of 2015) and will continue to fight for the passage of this important legislation. Every year nearly 28,000 sixteen and seventeen-year-olds face the possibility of prosecution as adults in criminal court. As research has shown, placing adolescents in an adult criminal justice system is counterproductive for both the defendant and for public safety.

Senator Serrano Introduced a bill (S3929) that would establish Three King's day as a school holiday for all public schools in New York City. While Three Kings day is celebrated by many people, public schools do not close for that day. Other states such as Connecticut have closed their schools in New Haven and Hartford for Three Kings day. This legislation will ensure that children will be able to celebrate the holiday with their families.

(Albany, NY) New York State Senator Jose M. Serrano called for the passage of his Dignity for Immigrants bill (S4075A). This legislation would protect immigrants from being victimized by unjust deportation procedures, including the Trump Administration’s recent Executive Order which unfairly discriminates against members of the immigrant community.

Senator Serrano spoke to a packed house of Schwab House residents alongside Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Council Member Helen Rosenthal. The Senator spoke on his priorities for the year in Albany and answered a wide range of questions from the audience.

Senator Serrano was proud to march in the 40th annual Three Kings Day Parade. The parade, hosted every year by El Museo del Barrio, is East Harlem’s spectacular way of celebrating the twelfth day of Christmas. Community members, elected officials and children gathered around to enjoy the live camels, puppets, music and dancing at this exciting event.

Senator Serrano was happy to attend the Community Education Council 3 and District 3 Annual Legislative Breakfast last month. CEC3 is one of the 32 Community Education Councils (CECs) in New York City and includes public elementary and middle schools on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Leaders within the council and district gathered to discuss the strides made during the 2016 school year, and to stress the importance of legislative involvement in their schools.

Senator Serrano's office was joined by the Food Bank For NYC at the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center to provide SNAP Assistance for residents of East Harlem. Senator Serrano and the Food Bank For NYC offered one-on-one personal assistance to determine eligibility for SNAP, as well as additional assistance with completing recertification and reporting changes to accounts.

Senator Serrano's office was joined by the Food Bank For NYC at the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center to provide SNAP Assistance for residents of East Harlem. Senator Serrano and the Food Bank For NYC offered one-on-one personal assistance to determine eligibility for SNAP, as well as additional assistance with completing recertification and reporting changes to accounts.

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