Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report - Volume XII, Issue #18

Jul 31, 2015
The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

President Obama signs Serrano’s Bill to Rename Morrisania Post Office In Honor Of Herman Badillo, First Puerto Rican Congressman In US History

Last week, President Obama signed into law Congressman Serrano’s bill. H.R. 1350, to rename the Morrisania Post Office in honor of former Congressman and Bronx Borough President Herman Badillo. Badillo was the first Puerto-Rican borough president and Congressman to represent the Bronx.

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives José E. Serrano, Charles Rangel, Joseph Crowley, along with Bronx Borough President Ruben Díaz issued the following statement after the President signed the legislation:

"We thank President Barack Obama for signing our bill that will honor the legacy of former Congressman and Bronx Borough President Herman Badillo, who made history as the first Puerto Rican serving in Congress. Despite his humble beginnings, Congressman Badillo was able to overcome adversity with great fortitude and rose to become a legend in New York politics. In Congress, he was fearless and tireless in fighting for equality and justice for the people of New York. By renaming the Bronx post office in his honor, Congressman Badillo's legacy and contributions can continue to inspire generations of young people to follow in his footsteps. The Post Office will embody his spirit of perseverance and grit which adds symbolic meaning to a historical building built in the late 30s." 

Congressman Serrano Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Medicare & Medicaid

Yesterday, U.S. Congressman José E. Serrano celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Medicare & Medicaid, signed into law by Democratic President Johnson in 1965 as part of the Social Security Act.

“Fifty years ago our government passed landmark legislation to protect our most vulnerable through the unprecedented step of providing health care to seniors, people with disabilities and low-income families. Medicare and Medicaid were founded on a simple idea- that no one should have to go broke or lack access to adequate health care due to their health care history or income. Since then, millions of individuals and families have benefitted from the preventive care and treatment these two programs provide. More than 100 million individuals, including countless people and families in the Bronx, are enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare today. They have peace of mind in knowing that they don’t have to worry about being able to access affordable health care they or their families may need. Thanks to this achievement, hundreds of thousands of lives have been saved and Americans’ quality of life has improved,” said Congressman Serrano. “Despite this record of proven success, Republicans insist in getting rid of Obamacare, which extended the life of the Medicare Trust Fund for 13 more years and further expanded access to quality affordable health care. We can’t allow Republicans to get away with their plans, and leave low-income seniors and families without health care. Congress should be working towards strengthening and expanding Medicare and Medicaid. The proof is in the pudding; these programs work.”

Congressmen Serrano and Emmer Urge World Bank President to Help Improve Road Safety in Developing Countries

Reps. José E. Serrano (D-NY) and Tom Emmer (R-MN) sent a letter last week to World Bank President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, with 39 of their colleagues urging him to improve road safety in developing countries.

Worldwide more than 1.3 million die in road crashes annually, with nearly 90 percent occurring in developing countries. While the World Bank has already taken strides towards improving road safety, the rate of global deaths due to crashes continues to rise with the World Health Organization anticipating deaths due to traffic injury to surpass HIV/AIDS soon.

“Road safety, both at home and abroad, is vital to citizens’ security, helps decrease healthcare costs, and boosts economic competitiveness. We have to make developing countries’ roads meet minimum safety standards to protect the lives of millions of people while promoting economic growth.  Through its financing of road construction projects around the globe, the World Bank is uniquely positioned to help improve road safety for all users—pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists—by requiring a minimum set of cost-effective and attainable standards.  I am honored to work with colleagues from both sides of aisle to bring attention to this important issue,” said Congressman José E. Serrano.

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In the Bronx

Congressman Serrano Honors Community Leaders at Abrazo Dominicano

Last Friday, Congressman Serrano joined New York State Senator Ruben Díaz, Assemblyman Michael Blake, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, and Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda at the 2015  ‘Abrazos Dominicanos’, celebrated at Maestro Caterers.

The ‘Abrazo Dominicano’ celebration takes place every year, right before the Annual Bronx Dominican Parade. This year’s four honorees; Cira Angeles, Calazan Omar Cepeda, Estela Vásquez, and Roberto Rodríguez were awarded certificates and citations from the NYS Assembly and NYS Senate and a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from Congressman Serrano for their outstanding work on behalf of the Dominican Community.

“It is always a pleasure to celebrate with the Dominican community all their achievements and contributions here in the Bronx and the rest of the U.S. at this year’s ‘Abrazo Dominicano’. This year recognized four outstanding individuals for their professional accomplishments and work on behalf of the Dominican community at large. These individuals have never forgotten their heritage,” said Congressman Serrano.“The Dominican community in the Bronx is growing larger every year and their presence has only made our neighborhoods richer and stronger."



Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP)

Deadline: August 14, 2015

The Department of Energy has made funding available through Golden Field Office for the Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program. This program will support solar training and education for professionals and support coordination among the Solar Training Network (STN), military bases, and the solar industry. It will enable solar training and education for professionals in indirect and related fields such as real estate, finance, insurance, fine and code enforcement, and state regulations. Also, it will support the expansion of GEARD initiative. Public and private nonprofit organizations, Institutions of higher education, government entities (cities, counties), Native American tribal organizations and individuals are encouraged to apply.

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