Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report - Volume XII, Issue #22

Oct 9, 2015
The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Congressman Serrano Participates in CHCI 2015 Public Policy Conference; Inducted to the Reyes of Comedy Hall of Fame

Throughout this past week, Congressman Serrano participated in various Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) 2015 Public Policy Conference and Gala events. Held every year during Hispanic Heritage Month, the conference and gala is the largest gathering of Latino leaders in the nation and includes Plenary Sessions, Summit Series, speeches from high profile leaders, and other events on a wide range of topics relevant to the Hispanic community.

This year, Congressman Serrano was inducted to the Reyes of Comedy Hall of Fame during the 15th Annual Reyes of Comedy for his longtime friendship and support of the program. For years, Congressman Serrano served as emcee of this fun star-studded entertainment event, whose primary goal is to promote a positive image of Latinos and to raise funds for CHCI’s youth educational and leadership programs.

Congressman Serrano at the first day of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) 2015 Public Policy Conference. (10/6/2015)
Congressman Serrano is inducted to the Reyes of Comedy Hall of Fame for his longtime friendship and support of Reyes of Comedy for 15 years. (10/7/2015)


In the Bronx

Congressman Serrano Joins AG Schneiderman to Announce Lawsuit Against NY Businesses Selling Synthetic Marijuana

On Monday October 5 Congressman Serrano joined Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and other elected officials to announce a lawsuit against Erie County-based Surrealist Sensations and Rockland County-based Liquid Shop a/k/a Liquid Glass Shop for selling synthetic marijuana and other “designer” drugs. These substances have psychoactive effects similar to “street drugs,” but are usually packaged to appear harmless. The increase in their use is creating a public health crisis in New York and the rest of the country that must be addressed.


Click HERE for a press release with more details on the lawsuit, and HERE to watch a video of the press conference.

“Designer drugs like synthetic marijuana are a growing threat to public safety in New York City,” said Congressman Serrano (D-NY). “I commend the Attorney General for taking this important step to bring down those who are sending this poison into our communities.”




National Endowment for the Humanities 

Deadline: December 9, 2015 

Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by two or more collaborating scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; field work; applications of information technology; and technical support and services. All grantees are expected to disseminate the results of their work to the appropriate scholarly and public audiences. Eligible projects include research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding of the humanities; conferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit scholarly research; and  archaeological projects that include the interpretation and dissemination of results.

Please follow this link for the full grant announcement For more information about federal grants please visit




National Institutes of Health

Deadline: January 19, 2016 

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeks applications from institutions/organizations for a cooperative agreement research grant (UM1) to conduct a clinical trial across three or more Low and Middle Income Country (LMIC) settings to test improved stove and fuel interventions on health outcomes in exposed populations. In addition, each application must include a biomarker center element for the development and validation of clinical, physiological, chemical, biochemical and/or microbiological markers of: a) exposure, and b) pathophysiological responses.

Please follow this link for the full grant announcement For more information about federal grants please visit




Department of Commerce

Deadline: December 10, 2015 

The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program is authorized at 16 U.S.C. 1445c-1 and 16 U.S.C. 1445c to recognize outstanding achievement in master’s and doctoral studies in oceanography, marine biology, maritime archaeology and all other science, engineering, social science and resource management disciplines involving ocean and coastal areas, and particularly encourages women and members of minority groups to apply. The scholarship supports independent graduate level research through financial support of graduate studies in such fields. Gender and minority status are not considered when selecting award recipients. However, special outreach efforts are employed to solicit applications from women and minorities. Scholarships are distributed by disciplines, institutions, and geography, and by degree sought, with selections within distributions based on financial need, the potential for success in a graduate level studies program (academic achievement), and the potential for achieving research and career goals. The program is administered through the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and is funded annually with 1% of the amount appropriated each fiscal year to carry out the National Marine Sanctuaries Act.

Please follow this link for the full grant announcement For more information about federal grants please visit