Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report - Volume XII, Issue #24

Oct 30, 2015
The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC


Congressman Serrano’s Statement on Budget Deal

This week, House and Senate leaders reached a budget deal to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the year. Congressman José E. Serrano, Ranking Member of the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, supported the deal, which passed both the House and Senate.

“Throughout the entire appropriations process, Democrats have been calling for a sequester replacement that allows the Appropriations Committee to do its job and to invest in our economic future," said Congressman Serrano. After months of back and forth, I am glad Republicans were able come to the table and put aside their efforts at extreme austerity to agree on a two-year balanced, bipartisan package that equally funds defense and non-defense spending, avoids the damaging sequestration levels, and extends the debt ceiling.  With this deal, the U.S. will be able to protect key social programs, including Social Security Disability Insurance and Medicare Part B, from harmful cuts. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I am also glad to see that this agreement will hopefully allow the Committee to complete the appropriations process without the need for further continuing resolutions or a possible government shutdown."

Congressman Serrano Attends AJCU Congressional Breakfast

On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano attended the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Congressional Breakfast. The breakfast was hosted by 24 of the 28 Presidents of Jesuit colleges and universities, and honored Speaker John A.Boehner’s contributions to Congress. Congressman Serrano was invited to the event by Joseph M. McShane, SJ, President of Fordham University.

Congressman Serrano with Father Joseph M. McShane, President of Fordham University and Congressman Crowley.

“I enjoyed being able to attend the AJCU Congressional Breakfast. It was great to learn about all of the advancements in education the Jesuit colleges and universities are achieving," said Congressman Serrano. "As a Catholic and a Member of Congress, I am proud to represent Fordham University as a part of my district.”



In the Bronx


Congressman Serrano announces $10 million to Connect South Bronx to Bronx River Greenway

On Monday, José E. Serrano announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $10 million in TIGER Grants –one of the most competitive grant programs—to the City of New York to complete the construction of a final link in the Bronx River Greenway. The federal funding will go towards the construction of two bicycle/pedestrian bridges and nearly a mile of pathway, between Concrete Plant and Starlight Parks, that will connect the South Bronx to major employment centers, educational, and tourist destinations.

“As a longtime champion of efforts to green the South Bronx and restore the Bronx River, I am thrilled to see this project take another important step.  These two pedestrian/bicycle bridges and a nearly a mile-long pedestrian trail will close an gap in the Bronx River Greenway and will help connect thousands of South Bronx residents to the Bronx River Greenway. With these new bridges and trails, local residents will have a more direct access to the beautiful green open spaces of the Bronx, as well as other recreational areas and facilities, educational resources, and employment centers –helping Bronxites enjoy a better quality of life. It will also help spur local economic development by helping attract visitors and tourists to the Bronx. I thank the U.S. Department of Transportation for heeding our call to fund this important project and for allocating such a generous amount of financial resources in TIGER grants. I also want to thank all the Bronx community groups that have been instrumental in making this project a reality,” said Congressman Serrano.

Serrano sent a letter and called Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to ask him to allocate funding for the project. He has previously directed more than $37 million in federal funding to create and expand the Bronx River Greenway as a member of the House Appropriations Committee.


Grants


Agency Name: Bureau Of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Description: The Professional Fellows Division in the Office of Citizen Exchanges at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) invites proposal submissions for the FY2016 Special Professional Fellows Program (PFP) for Latin America and the Caribbean in support of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI). The Professional Fellows Program is a two-way, global exchange program designed to enhance leadership and professional skills, and build lasting and sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States. The defining program activity for 250 foreign participants is a substantive five-week U.S.-based fellowship, including an individualized placement in a U.S. workplace, complemented by collaborative programming with American outbound participants in the foreign participant's home country.

Link to Additional Information: FY 2016 Special Professional Fellows Program for Latin America and the Caribbean

Contact Information: If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

Grants.gov Contact Center Phone Number: 1-800-518-4726 Hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The contact center is closed on federal holidays. support@grants.gov
Grants.gov Customer Support

Agency Name: National Institutes of Health

Description: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research to develop and pilot test strategies to assist transition-age youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families or caretakers in planning for and smoothly transitioning into adult functioning and adult services.The ultimate goal is to develop models for transition to adult supports and services that effectively prevent lapses in services and supports; enhance functioning in community settings such as educational, social, familial, and other settings; maintain or improve health, safety, and quality of life; and reduce or maintain reductions in ASD-related symptoms.For the purposes of this FOA, "transition-age youth" refers to individuals with ASD who, in the coming months or years, will age out of the services and supports delivered via K-12 education and other child/adolescent service systems.This definition is intended to encompass variability in the youth-to-adult transition period and to accommodate individual differences that may influence the nature and duration of the transition process.

Link to Additional Information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-17-200.html

Contact Information: If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

NIH OER Webmaster FBOWebmaster@OD.NIH.GOV
If you have any problems linking to this funding announcement, please contact the NIH OER Webmaster

Agency Name: National Institutes of Health

Description: The National Institutes of Health has recently announced the HIV/AIDS research priorities for the next three to five years http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-137.html. The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to stimulate high priority research relevant to drug abuse and HIV/AIDS.
Link to Additional Information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-16-018.html

Contact Information: If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

NIH OER Webmaster FBOWebmaster@OD.NIH.GOV
If you have any problems linking to this funding announcement, please contact the NIH OER Webmaster