Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report - Volume XII, Issue #23

Oct 23, 2015
The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Congressman Serrano Applauds Administration Plan for Puerto Rico

On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano met with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, as well as Jeffrey Zients, Director of the National Economic Council, to discuss the need for Congress and the Administration to take action to address Puerto Rico's fiscal and economic crisis.  The Treasury Department later put forth a proposal urging important reforms to US bankruptcy laws, Medicaid assistance, and several tax provisions to provide Puerto Ricans with equality under the law.  The legislative proposal will help Puerto Rico pay its debt and get on the path of economic recovery:

“This is encouraging news for all of us who have been calling on the Administration and Congress to take action to help Puerto Rico address its debt and fiscal crisis," said Congressman Serrano. "The Administration’s comprehensive proposal will serve as a roadmap for Congress as it considers a legislative package to provide the island with the tools to deal with a dire debt and fiscal crisis, and to reignite its economy. The proposal focuses on key areas, including providing the island with mechanisms to restructure its financial liabilities, addressing the healthcare disparities that are hurting so many people and the economy, and extending the earned income tax credit (EITC) coverage to Puerto Rico. It also makes it clear that passing Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection, which I fully support, is the right first step for Puerto Rico to restructure its debt. Puerto Rico is running out of options. I applaud the Administration for fully engaging on this issue; now it is time for Congress to do its job and take action.  This is a crisis that Congress can no longer ignore.”


Congressman Serrano Joins Representative Maloney and CHC Colleagues to Unveil New Report on Latinos and the Economy

On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano joined Representative Carolyn Maloney and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to unveil a new Joint Economic Committee report on the role that Latinos play in the U.S. economy. The comprehensive report shows the economic state of the Latino community in the United States, our contributions to the U.S. economy, and our economic gains in recent years.

“This report shows that despite the progress we have made in recent years and large impact that we have on the U.S. economy, Latinos continue to lag behind in education, income, and wealth," said Congressman Serrano. "We can’t give up the fight for greater economic opportunities as our community’s population and purchasing power continues to increase. We need to continue formulating and supporting policies that expand access to a quality and affordable education, guarantee equal pay, facilitate entrepreneurship, and promote the accumulation of wealth. In the next decades, Latinos will become one-third of the American population. We need to ensure our community has access to the education and resources needed for economic success and security.”



Congressman Serrano Meets with 32 BJ SEIU Airport Workers

On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano met with 32 BJ SEIU airport workers who visited Washington, DC to lobby for a minimum wage increase to $15.00 per hour:

“I was glad to meet with 32BJ SEIU airport workers committed to better pay and more rights. I strongly support their efforts, and will continue fighting to increase the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour. These workers, and all hard-working Americans, deserve a living wage,” said Congressman Serrano.




In the Bronx

Congressman Serrano Celebrates African Heritage Month

On October 14th, Congressman Serrano celebrated African Heritage with local community leaders and organizations. He presented congressional certificates of recognition to various individuals and organizations that work with the African Diaspora in the Bronx and throughout the rest of New York City. The awardees represented a wide range of sectors, from social services to civic leaders, business owners, community organizers, and community groups.

This year's honorees were: Afua Atta- Mensah, Director of Litigation at the Urban Justice Center; Mohammed Kaba, Neighborhood Organizer, NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs; Mohammed Abdullah, Owner/ Operator of Accra Restaurant; Ngande Ambroise, Community Leader;  Zainab Sesay-Harrell Dao, R.N., Founder of Sierra Leone Nurses Association - NY Tristate Chapter; and organizations Above and Beyond Initiative, Inc. and African Communities Together.

During the ceremony, Congressman Serrano was also presented with an Honorary Award and traditional African attire by Hon. Djounedou A. Titikpina, Founder and President of African People Alliance, Inc. and other community leaders for his work in the African Community.

Scroll down for photos from the event:


Honored guests with Congressman José E. Serrano (center).


Congressman Serrano addresses guests.


Congressman Serrano was presented with with Honorary Award and traditional African attire by Hon. Djounedou A. Titikpina, Founder and President of African People Alliance, Inc. and other community leaders for his work in the African Community.


(Left to Right) Portia Asare, Sandra Amoo, and Decota Letman, Co-Founders of ABI; Afua Atta- Mensah, Director of Litigation at the Urban Justice Center; Congressman José E. Serrano wearing the African attire presented to him as part of an Honorary Award by members of the African community; Ngande Ambroise, Community Leader; Amaha Kassa, Founder and Executive Director African Communities Together; Mohammed Kaba, Neighborhood Organizer at NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs; and  Zainab Sesay- Harrell Dao, R.N., Founder of the Sierra Leone Nurses Association -NY Tristate Chapter.



Congressman Serrano Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Concourse Village

On October 17, Congressman Serrano joined Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, Assemblyman Mike Blake, and Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the affordable housing complex Concourse Village. The building was renovated earlier this year to mark this important milestone.



Congressman Serrano Joins Families & Kids to Celebrate Completion of Bronx Zoo Reading Program

On October 17, Congressman Serrano joined Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda, Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz, and Senator Gustavo Rivera to celebrate the completion of this year's Bronx Zoo reading challenge by Bronx children:





Promoting Caregiver Health Using Self-Management

Agency: National Institutes of Health

Deadline:  March 3, 2016

This initiative seeks to stimulate research in promoting caregiver health using self-management. Caregiving is an important science area since the number of people living longer with chronic conditions is growing. Informal caregivers (lay caregivers) are defined as unpaid individuals (spouses, partners, family members, friends, or neighbors) involved in assisting others with activities of daily living and/or medical tasks (Family Caregiver Alliance, 2012). This concept focuses on informal caregivers.

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