Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report, Volume XI, #27

Dec 12, 2014
The Serrano Report

On Capitol Hill

Congressman Serrano Meets with Members of 1199 SEIU

On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano had the pleasure of meeting with community members from 1199 SEIU.

"I am glad to voice my support for the work that they are doing to bring attention to issues regarding our health care industry. The union is resisting cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and other vital health programs that would adversely impact our communities. I support the union workers of my district in fighting against these cuts," said Congressman Serrano.



In New York City

Governor Cuomo's Announcement of Funding to Expand College Access

On Monday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $3.2 million in federal funding has been awarded to organizations across New York state through the College Access Challenge Grant Program. The funding will help increase college enrollment of low-income students. More information on the funding can be found here.

Under this program, New Settlement Apartments (The Crenulated Company, Ltd.) in the Bronx will be receiving $124,740 to provide college assistance to low-income students, and help match them with potential schools.

Additionally, Kingsbridge Heights Community Center in the Bronx will be receiving $162,535to help them with their middle-school college preparedness program. Both programs will provide intensive college preparedness and college application counseling.

Congressman Serrano applauded the funding:

 “Oftentimes, promising students from disadvantaged backgrounds can’t reach the next academic level simply because they don’t have access to the information, counseling, and resources they need to apply to college. We have to invest in these students to help them reach their full potential. The funds announced today by Governor Cuomo will help thousands of New York City students, including students from the Bronx, access greater academic opportunities and successfully graduate from college,” said Congressman José E. Serrano. 


Grant Announcement

Student Program for Environmental Excellence in Design (SPEED)

Deadline: February 22, 2015  

The Environmental Protection Agency has made funding available for the Student Program for Environmental Excellence in Design (SPEED), which aims to increase students’ awareness and understanding of the environmental benefits associated with increased fuel efficiency, reduced carbon intensity in transportation fuels, and reduced emissions in advanced vehicles. Through SPEED, graduate-level students and senior-level undergraduate students in the science, technology, and engineering disciplines would be provided opportunities, and financial support to collaborate with EPA staff at the EPA’s National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory (NVFEL) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Students would also obtain research training on-site at the NVFEL. All non-profit organizations, local governments, colleges, universities, and hospitals are encouraged to apply.

Please follow this link for the full grant announcement

For more information about federal grants please visit