Senator Serrano recently introduced a bill in the Senate, S7114, that would require the next President of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) to be a resident of Roosevelt Island within six months of appointment. The legislation which was originally drafted and introduced in the Legislature by Assembly Member Seawright,is designed to make sure the President of RIOC better understands the ins and outs of the community.

The New York State Senate unanimously passed Senator Serrano's bill, S956, designed to help keep our beloved state parks and historic sites clean and beautiful by increasing penalties for littering on state park lands.

"This bill represents an important step towards protecting and enhancing our state park lands by creating a stronger deterrent to littering. It is important that we all work together to make sure our beloved State Parks are kept clean and inviting for future generations to come."

Senator Serrano joined U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Congressman Charles B. Rangel, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez in calling for the Army Corps of Engineers to include coastal protection projects along the waterfront communities of East Harlem. The lawmakers urged the Army Corps to make sure to create protection projects for East Harlem and its surrounding communities. East Harlem is currently vulnerable to flooding because it does not currently have adequate long-term federally-funded resiliency projects.

Senator Serrano and Assembly Member Marcos Crespo co-hosted a very important panel about Puerto Rico's economic crisis during the SOMOS El Futuro Conference in Albany. Among the panelists were Congressman Jose E. Serrano, and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez. The important discussion provided up-to-date information on what precipitated the economic crisis and what is to come if the situation is notaddressed. The Panelists also discussed what must be done to help the island address its immediate fiscal challenges and achieve long-term economic stability.

Senator Serrano was joined by the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, The Tenant Support Unit of HRA and The New York County District Attorney's Office for this month's off-site constituent service hours. These organizations met with constituents throughout the district in order to share information about the immigration services available to them. Representatives from these offices assisted individuals who needed free legal support through the Mayor's Action NYC initiative and helped people sign up for their free IDNYC municipal identification cards.

Senator Serrano sponsored a resolution on the State Senate floor commemorating Earth Hour throughout New York State. Earth Hour is a global event in which people across the globe turn off their lights and non-essential electronics for one hour. It is an international call to action and a worldwide phenomenon that grows bigger every year. By reducing overall power consumption for an hour, and thereby reducing fossil fuel usage at power plants, Earth Hour has a real and lasting effect around the world. This year's Earth Hour took place on Saturday, March 19th, from 8:30 pm-9:30 PM. 

Senator Dilan, Advocates Call on Passage of Elevator Safety Act

State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan today joined local leaders and elevator technicians outside the Espoir apartment building in Williamsburg to mark six months since an elevator failure in that building caused the death of Queens resident Eran Modan.

New York City East New York Rezoning Rendering

State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, State Assembly Member Erik Dilan, Arlington Village tenants, members of the Coalition for Community Advancement: Progress for East New York/Cypress Hills and advocates today called on City officials to exclude Arlington Village, East New York’s largest, private low-income housing development from a proposed rezoning plan.

Senator Dilan, Colleagues Pass $156 Billion 2016-17 State Budget

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Senator Dilan Debates 2016-17 New York State Budget

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan and colleagues passed a $156 Billion spending plan on April 1 that incorporates long-held Democratic Conference priorities, commits additional funding to schools, and supports New York’s working families.