The Serrano Report - Volume XIII, Issue #7
In Washington, DC
Congressman Serrano Joins Bipartisan Group of Members of Congress To Recognize Bison as Official Mammal of the United States
On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano joined Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Representatives Wm. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), and Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) to announce and celebrate the approval in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives of legislation to name the bison as the National Mammal of the United States – the National Bison Legacy Act. The Bronx played a unique role in the preservation of the American bison, which was near extinction a century ago. Many of the bison in the wild today are descended from a herd at the Bronx Zoo.
In addition to naming the bison as the U.S. national mammal, the National Bison Legacy Act recognizes the historical, cultural and economic significance of the bison, which is the largest land mammal in America and revered by many Native American tribes as a sacred and spiritual symbol of their heritage.
“The bison has a special place not only in U.S. history, but also in the Bronx community. It is the largest land mammal native to the United States and thanks to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Bronx Zoo, which took the lead in saving the bison from extinction more than a century ago, we can still enjoy its majesty today. The National Bison Legacy Act will help recognize the importance of Bison in American history, and will help bring attention to the unique role that the Bronx played in preserving that legacy,” said Congressman Serrano.
Congressman Serrano Meets with Nos Quedamos
On Wednesday, Congressman Serrano met with members of Nos Quedamos, a community based organization based in the South Bronx that focuses on guiding the redevelopment of the Melrose community. The Congressman addressed issues of public housing, increasing rent prices, the preservation of community gardens, and the implications that these issues have on the Bronx. The Congressman also welcomed two senior representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development who helped address questions from constituents.
|Congressman Serrano with members of Nos Quedamos.|
Congressman Serrano Meets with TRIO Students
On Thursday, Congressman Serrano met with students from his district that currently participate in a federal TRIO Talent Search program. Through the program, the students are given academic, career, and financial counseling in order to help them graduate from high school and enter and successfully complete post-secondary education. Congressman Serrano discussed keys to academic success and told his personal story that resonated heavily with the students that come from similar backgrounds to the Congressman.
|Congressman Serrano with TRIO Talent Search students from the Bronx.|
Congressman Serrano Authors Op-Ed Promoting Savings During Tax Season
Last week, Congressman Serrano authored an op-ed with Michal Grinstein-Weiss, Associate Professor at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis and the associate director of the school’s Center for Social Development, on how we can promote saving among America’s working class by capitalizing on the tax season – entitled Capitalizing on Tax Time.
“Thanks to tax refunds and support payments like the Earned Income Tax Credit, many working families are able to use tax season to save, pay down debt, and get caught up on their finances. But the closing of this tax season also gives us the chance to look towards next season and consider how we can use tax time to make working families more financially secure,” wrote Serrano and Grinstein-Weiss.
Click HERE to read the entire op-ed on New America Weekly.
Congressman Serrano Sends Letter to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam
Last week, Congressman José E. Serrano sent a letter to Verizon Communications Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam regarding the current worker strike affecting New York City and other communities across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Nearly 40,000 workers walked off site on April 13, after nearly 10 months of contract negotiations ended in deadlock.
“I sent a letter to CEO Lowell McAdam in support of the thousands of workers who are currently standing up for their rights to fair wages and benefits. Many of the workers on strike happen to be my constituents in the Bronx,” said Congressman Serrano. “Time again, we see workers take a back seat in reaping the success of their labor, and its time we ensure their fair treatment in contract negotiations.”
“Verizon is a highly profitable corporation that provides good jobs for New Yorkers. The proposal to a minor increase in wages, higher employee contributions for health care, reductions in retirement benefits, and flexibility in relocating and separating employees from their families for months at a time for projects in other regions of the country is unacceptable, and Verizon workers deserve better,” stated Congressman Serrano. “In addition to not living up to its commitment to its employees, Verizon has failed to move forward in completing its FiOS buildout in the City. Nowhere is this inaction felt more than in the Bronx, which has historically been underserved and has yet to reap the many benefits of improved telecommunications infrastructure and services. I urge Verizon to move forward on both fronts as quickly as possible.”
To view the letter, please click here.
In the Bronx
Congressman Serrano Attends “Day of Solidarity in Support of the Ecuadorian Community”
On Monday, Congressman Serrano attended “Day of Solidarity in Support of the Ecuadorian Community” hosted by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and NYS Assemblyman Marcos Crespo who were joined by other New York State elected officials, community advocates and faith leaders. Due to the recent earthquake in Ecuador, many families in New York have been affected as their families were hit hard by this natural disaster and there has been a rapid response to their call for help. The Bronx is standing together with the Ecuadorian community to engage the people as to how they can help those who have been affected. There have been various organizing and fundraising events throughout the city and there are several drop-off locations in the Bronx for supplies. Locations are receiving supplies such as, but not limited to; canned foods, diapers, water, baby food, sports drinks and sleeping bags.
|Congressman Serrano with members of the Ecuadorian community.|
Congressman Serrano said, “We are here today to stand in solidarity with the people of Ecuador as they go through one of their most difficult moments in recent times. As a member of Congress, I will help in whatever way I can to provide some sort of relieve in the earthquake’s aftermath.”