Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report - Volume VII, Issue #9

May 15, 2015
The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Congressman Serrano Joins Mayor DeBlasio and Progressive Leaders to Unveil Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality

On Tuesday, Congressman José E. Serrano joined Mayor Bill de Blasio, other members of Congress, and progressive advocates to announce “The Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality."

“Growing income inequality is a national crisis and affects hard working families all across America. We need to do more to lift the floor for working families, bridge the income gap, and create more economic opportunities for working Americans.  Join me today in supporting the campaign by signing online,” said Congressman Serrano.

Congressman Serrano with Mayor de Blasio and progressive leaders announcing “The Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality” (5/12/15)

Congressman Serrano Addresses National Mail Handlers Union Annual Conference

On Tuesday, Congressman joined postal union workers at the National Mail Handlers Union annual conference, where he spoke about the importance of protecting mail services and facilities.

“I was glad to join the National Mail Handlers Union once again to talk about issues related to the United States Postal Service (USPS). Our communities need a strong and reliable 6-day delivery system in place and can’t afford the sale of postal historic properties at a bargain rate. These are the two areas that I have focused on and will continue working on in the 114th Congress,” said Congressman José E. Serrano.

Congressman Serrano at the National Mail Handlers Union Annual Conference (5/12/2015).

Congressman Serrano Presented with “Standing Tall for Zoos and Aquariums Award”

On Thursday, Congressman Serrano was presented with the ‘Standing Tall for Zoos and Aquariums’ Award for his work in support of AZA- accredited zoos and aquariums all across the United States, and in particular the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo.

“I am truly honored to receive the ‘Standing Tall for Zoos and Aquariums’ Award.  Zoos and Aquariums not only serve as important recreational and educational sites, they play a key role in research and conservation efforts. We can’t underestimate their value and need to continue investing in and supporting their work. In the Bronx, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo has played an instrumental role in the cleaning and restoration of the Bronx River. Thanks to their work, Bronx residents enjoy today beautiful open green spaces and a cleaner environment right in the midst of an urban setting,” said Congressman José E. Serrano.

Congressman Serrano is presented with the 2015 ‘Standing Tall for Zoos and Aquariums’ Award by Jennifer Keaton, Vice President for Congressional Affairs of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. (5/13/2015)

Congressman Serrano, Senator Schumer Send Letter to DHS to Extend TPS Registration Deadline for Individuals from Ebola-Affected Nations

Today, Congressman Serrano and Senator Schumer led several of their colleagues in sending a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) asking them to extend the Temporary Protected Status deadline for eligible individuals from the ebola-affected nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. DHS announced the availability of Temporary Protected Status for individuals from these three nations as part of the response to the ebola outbreak there last year. 

“With the registration deadline approaching next week, the Department of Homeland Security has not done enough to let individuals know about their eligibility for Temporary Protected Status or how to apply.  That is why we ask that  the Department increase its outreach efforts and extend the deadline so that more eligible individuals can take part. We cannot run the risk that these otherwise eligible people might fall through the cracks.  The situation in the region remains fragile, as evidenced by numerous past TPS designations granted to Liberia and Sierra Leone.  These countries are not prepared to welcome a surge of residents back to their shores, so we must ensure that everyone who is eligible for TPS knows it,” said Congressman Serrano.

The letter was signed by both New York Senators, and by eight New York Members of the House of Representatives.

Click here for a full text of the letter.


In the Bronx

Congressman Serrano Rallies in Support of Fast Food Minimum Wage Increase

Last Friday, Congressman Serrano joined Governor Cuomo to rally in support of raising fast food workers’ minimum wage in New York. Last week, Governor Cuomo announced a proposal to impanel a wage board for fast food workers.

“Our state’s fast food workers need and deserve a raise," said Congressman Serrano.  "An industry that earns billions and compensates its top executives with million-dollar salaries every year should be required to pay its workers a fair hourly wage that allows them to meet their basic needs and to provide for their families. I fully support Governor Cuomo’s efforts to raise the fast food industry minimum wage in New York by setting up a Wage Board, and I applaud him for taking the lead and not giving up on this issue.  The Governor’s action will help workers in the Bronx and across the state.”

Congressman Serrano stands in support of raising fast food workers’ minimum wage to $15 an hour. (05/07/2015)

Congressman Serrano Announces $130,000 in Funding for Arts Organizations in the Bronx

Last week, Congressman Serrano announced $130,000 in federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for six arts and cultural organizations in the Bronx that will be doing work in the 15th Congressional district.

The six organizations are: the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Bronx Documentary Center, Dancing in the Street, Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College Foundation, the Pregones Touring Puerto Rican Theatre Collection, and the Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation.

“Arts and culture projects enrich our community and allow our artists and performers to develop their talents and showcase their creative work. They also serve as an important tourism magnet and job creator. This federal funding will help make possible the successful completion of six unique projects in a wide range of areas. Many of these programs will be free to the public, giving local residents the opportunity to enjoy engaging performances at no cost,” said Congressman Serrano. “Our community artists and cultural organizations have so much to offer, and play a critical role in preserving and developing our community's cultural identity. The National Endowment for the Arts’ investment in the Bronx announced today will allow them to continue flourishing and developing quality programming for residents and visitors. I congratulate all of the recipients of this award.”

Click here to read the press release with a breakdown of how funding will be distributed among the six organizations.