The New York State Senate passed Senator Jose M. Serrano's Bronx Children's Museum legislation, S.05859. This bill will authorize the New York City parks department to allow the Bronx Children's museum to operate within Mill Pond Park in the borough of the Bronx. 

Senator Serrano marched in the 59th Annual Puerto Rican Day parade, which takes place along 5th Avenue in Manhattan. The parade is widely attended by hundreds of thousands of people of all nationalities and celebrates the history and culture of Puerto Rico.

"Puerto Ricans have made tremendous contributions to New York City, and the entire country. This parade is a celebration of our unique ability to cross cultural boundaries while remaining true to our roots. It is always an honor to march in this parade, and embrace Puerto Rican culture."

Senator Serrano participated in a very important report conducted by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law about small donor public financing in elections. The report entitled "Breaking Down Barriers: The Faces of Small Donor Public Financing" sheds light on the issue of mega-donors having an unfair level of influence on American elections and ways to negate this trend.

New York State Senator Jose M. Serrano visited the Mott Haven Academy Charter School in the South Bronx to present Nyla Jones and Sarai Bazan with certificates for winning the 2016 New York State Senate Earth Day Poster Contest.

New York State Senator Jose M. Serrano was recently interviewed on the WBAI program "State of the Arts." The Senator discussed his arts and cultural district legislation, S6271A, which passed in the New York State Senate and would create arts and cultural districts throughout the state in order to promote the growth and development of the arts and culture sector.

Senior Fair

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Senator John A. DeFrancisco has scheduled his 12th annual Senior Fair for September 27, 2016, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.  For more information, please call (315) 428-7632. 


Queens, NY   -   As the legislative session adjourns, State Senator Tony Avella announced several of the session’s key accomplishments. In addition to the policies achieved during budget negotiations, the end of session continued a series of legislative victories, including ethics reform, increased access to tax abatements for middle class co-op and condo owners, increased access to breast cancer screenings, legalized and taxed fantasy sports betting, legislation combating the heroine epidemic, and more.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate gave final passage was given to a vital measure that will improve access to and coverage for breast cancer screening for women throughout the state. Bill S8093 is part of an agreement with the Governor and the Assembly to facilitate breast cancer detection by eliminating cost-sharing for screening, extending hours for mammography services, and ensuring all public employees in the state are afforded work leave for screening.

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed six bills that will strengthen the state’s economy by training job seekers and existing employees for the employment opportunities that are in demand. The package of legislation is among the results of the Senate’s Task Force on Workforce Development, which has examined ways to close the skills gap by improving the connections between prospective employees and employers looking to hire new skilled workers.

As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I – Schenectady) wants students to have fun reading and to keep learning this summer at their public library. The New York State Senate is partnering with the New York State Library and the 1,100 libraries and neighborhood branches to get more kids reading this summer. Children can have a summer of reading fun by participating in the Senate’s 2016 Summer Reading Program and the State Library’s 2016  Summer Reading at New York Libraries.