Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report, Volume XI, #24

Nov 14, 2014
The Serrano Report

On Capitol Hill

Congressman Serrano Urges President Obama to Take Big and Bold Executive Action on Immigration

Yesterday, Congressman José E. Serrano joined several colleagues in Congress to urge President Obama to take big and bold executive action on immigration and fulfill his promise that he would act after the elections. Congressman Serrano also urged the President to take executive action to help mixed status military families at a press event held Wednesday November 12, the day after Veterans Day, with members of Congress, veterans, and current military service members.

“Every day, thousands of families and businesses are affected by our country’s failed immigration policies.  President Obama needs to take big and bold executive action on immigration now to provide immigrant families with some relief and to help boost our economy. We have patiently waited six years for legislative action in Congress and for the past almost year and a half Republicans in the House have refused to bring the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform legislation to a vote,” said Congressman Serrano.

“Taking executive action is within the President’s legal authority and there is ample precedent for using it to provide relief from deportation. Executive action is not a complete or permanent solution, and it shouldn’t replace Congressional action, but it will get us started in the process. We can then build on the steps he decides to take with legislation in Congress. President Obama made a promise to the immigrant community and to those who want to see a common sense immigration system in place. We are counting on his leadership. Mr. President, bold is the word.”

Click here to read a news story on House Democrats calling for a "big and bold" executive action. 

Congressman José E. Serrano joins other members of Congress to urge President Obama to take big and bold executive action on immigration (11/13/2014).

Congressman Serrano Celebrates Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, Congressman Serrano, an army veteran himself, released the following statement:

“Today we honor all the brave men and women who have risked their lives by serving our country in the armed forces. Veterans Day is a time to reflect on their sacrifices, and to thank them for their dedication to keep America safe and strong.

“We also keep in our thoughts and prayers those who have lost their lives or a loved one in the line of duty. These individuals paid the greatest price for our country, and for that we owe them our utmost respect and gratitude.


Congressman Serrano during his days in the army.

“For many of our veterans, their military career was the fulfillment of a dream to serve America. For others, it was an opportunity to secure a better future for themselves and their families while serving our nation. It is our duty as a nation to ensure that they have access to all the resources and support they need to successfully reintegrate back into civilian life. In these tough economic times, we need to guarantee that they have access to stable employment, quality healthcare, and affordable housing. This is the least we can do to thank them for their sacrifices. 

“On Veterans Day, I salute all the men and women who have valiantly served our nation.”


In New York City

Serrano Announces Apple Donation of Technological Products to Bronx Schools 

On October 31, Congressman Serrano announced that Apple will be donating iPads, Macs, AppleTVs, software, applications and services to five public schools in the Bronx in partnership with the Obama Administration’s ConnectEd initiative.

P.S. 163 Arthur A. Schomburg Elementary School, The Bilingual School, Bronx International High School, P.S. 107, and Soundview Academy for Culture & Scholarship, all located in the Bronx, will receive Apple products through the partnership.

“Lack of access to high speed internet and modern technology in our schools’ classrooms are contributing to a technological and educational divide in the United States. Some students are up to speed with modern technology, while others lag behind simply because of their economic background. The digital divide has a serious impact on educational opportunities for low-income students, making it more difficult for them to learn, to do homework, or even to apply for college or a job. 

"The ConnectED public-private initiative will help students in the Bronx from diverse backgrounds bridge this divide and enjoy a richer educational experience at school while gaining the technological skills they need to thrive and succeed in a global economy.  I applaud Apple for supporting President Obama’s ConnectEd initiative and their emphasis on giving disadvantaged students from all sorts of backgrounds access to technology,” said Congressman Serrano.

Serrano Co-Hosts Hunts Point Recreational Fair 

On Saturday October 25, Congressman José E. Serrano co-hosted the October Fall Book Fair at the Hunts Point Recreational Center.  Congressman Serrano joined parents and kids to celebrate reading, the fall season, and Halloween with fun fall activities like scarecrow making, storytelling, children’s games, raffles, and giveaways.

Congressman Serrano and a group of children from the Bronx at the October Fall Book Fair held Saturday October 25, 2015 at the Hunts Point Recreational Center. (10/25/2014)

Congressman Serrano, parents, and kids hold a scarecrow made during the October Fall Book Fair held Saturday October 25, 2015 at the Hunts Point Recreational Center. (10/25/2014)

Serrano Attends Unveiling of the “Sister Thomas, S.C. Way”

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, Congressman José E. Serrano also attended the unveiling of the “Sister Thomas, S.C. Way” to honor the life and legacy of legendary Bronx community leader Sister Thomas, S.C. Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo led the effort to rename the street “Sister Thomas, S.C. Way.”

The intersection of the new "Sister Thomas, S.C. Way” and “Southern Boulevard”. (10/25/2014)

Congressman Serrano Participates in Bronx River House Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Thursday October 30, 2014, Congressman José E. Serrano participated in the groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of the Bronx River House at Starlight Park. The River House will be built next to the Bronx River and is another success story in the restoration of this area. This new facility will feature a boat house, a nature classroom, and a multipurpose community room. It will also serve as the headquarters of the Bronx River Alliance. The $14.5 million project is being financed by federal, state and local agencies. Congressman Serrano helped secure federal funds for the project. BP Ruben Diaz Jr., Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, CM Maria Arroyo and other government officials and community leaders were also present at the event.

Congressman José E. Serrano and other local elected officials and community leaders at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Bronx River House. The new 7,000 square feet facility will feature a boat house, a nature classroom, a community room, and serve as the new home of the Bronx River Alliance. (10/30/2014)

Congressman Serrano Condemns Attack of Two African Children in the Bronx 

On October 27, Congressman José E. Serrano condemned the assault of two Senegalese students who were the assaulted at I.S. 318 Elementary/Intermediate School located at 1919 Prospect Avenue located in the Bronx on Friday October 24, 2014. The students were beaten by their perpetrators while being called EBOLA.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the acts of violence that were recently committed on two young boys from Senegal in the Bronx. This is perfect example of how, as the fear of Ebola spreads, it can bring out the worst people and the impact that stigma is having on the African community. My deepest sympathies go out to the affected family. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

“I also stand in support of the Senegalese Association (ASA) and African Advisory Committee (AAC) in denouncing this heinous act. This type of behavior has no place in our schools, and we cannot allow the ebola epidemic to stigmatize a single population. This is not who we are as a community and as a nation, and we all need to contribute to put an end to the fear and stigma around the ebola epidemic. Ebola is not a West African problem, or even an African problem, it is a global health concern. Instead of feeding into the fear and discriminating against others, we need to come together in solidarity as we grapple with this terrible disease.”

Grant Announcement

Jobs Plus Pilot Program 

Deadline: December 17, 2014  

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has made funding available for Public Housing Agencies to develop locally-based approaches to increase earnings and advance employment outcomes for Public Housing residents. The Notice of Funding Availability will fund initiatives to improve employment and earnings outcomes for Public Housing residents through supports such as work readiness, employer linkages, job placement and financial literacy. All Public Housing Agencies that operate one or more public housing developments are encouraged to apply.

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