Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report - Volume XIV, Issue #15

Oct 3, 2016
The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Congressmen Serrano, Rangel, and Engel Introduce Legislation to Rename Morris Heights Post Office After Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr.

Last  Wednesday, Congressman José E. Serrano (D-Bronx), Congressman Charles B. Rangel (D-Manhattan), and Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-Bronx), along with all other Members of the New York Delegation in the House of Representatives, introduced legislation to rename the Morris Heights Post Office, located at 2024 Jerome Ave in the Bronx, after Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. who passed away on July 2, 2016, at the age of 94. The facility will be known as the ‘Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. Post Office Building.’

“I am proud to introduce legislation to honor the life and legacy of my dear friend, Dr. Roscoe Brown, by renaming the Morris Heights Post Office in his honor. Dr. Brown was a revered figure in the Bronx and the rest of the country for his important work in education and advancing civil rights,” said Congressman Serrano. “For years to come, the Post Office will serve as a reminder for future generations of the countless contributions this great man made to our community, the City, and the country. Dr. Brown left the world in a much better place than he found it, and it is our hope that this small gesture will help keep his spirit and memory alive in the Bronx.”

Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. was a Tuskegee Airman and one of the first African Americans to fly a combat mission during World War II. In 2007, President George W. Bush presented him and his fellow Airmen with the Congressional Gold Medal for their heroism. Dr. Brown was also a trusted leader during the civil rights movement and strongly advocated for better treatment of African Americans in New York City during the racial discord that plagued the 1960s and 19070s. He went on to become a distinguished educator at New York University and served as President of Bronx Community College for 17 years, working to increase local partnerships with the private sector and expanding opportunities for non-traditional students. An avid runner, he helped found Bronx Community College’s Annual Hall of Fame 5k and 10k races benefiting the institution during his tenure. Dr. Brown is survived by his four children: Denis, Donald, Doris, and Dianne.

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Congressman Serrano Meets with Mexican Pop Star Marco Antonio Regil to Discuss Animal Rights

Last  Wednesday, Congressman Serrano met with Marco Antonio Regil and PETA representatives to discuss ways the U.S. military can improve its training and research without the harmful use of animals in experiments.

MA Regil Visit


Congressman Serrano Meets with Bronx Students During Washington, DC Visit

Last Wednesday, Congressman Serrano met with a group of Bronx students from Harlem Middle School while they visited Washington, DC for a debate competition.

JES & Harlem Middle School


In the Bronx

Congressman Serrano Announces More than $800,000 in Federal Funding for Eight Community Health Care Centers in the Bronx

Last week, Congressman Serrano announced that eight health care centers in the Bronx have been awarded a total of $811,493 in Health Center Cluster grants through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This federal funding will support a community health centers that provide a wide range of high-quality health care services and predominantly serve uninsured or underinsured patients.

“I strongly believe that health care is a right for every single American. This vital funding will allow several community-based health care centers and clinics to continue providing primary and preventative health care to Bronxites that depend on their services,” said Congressman Serrano. “Health Center Cluster grants are critical in helping remove barriers access to healthcare and guaranteeing high quality service in underserved communities like the Bronx. As a member of the Appropriations committee, I will continue to do all that I can to protect Health Center funding so no individual is denied the health care they need and deserve.”

The $811,493 in Health Center Cluster Grants will be distributed to the following centers in the South Bronx:

  1. Urban Health Plan, Inc. - $144,493
  2. Bronx-Lebanon Integrated Services System - $177,229
  3. Bronx Community Health Network, Inc. – $159,709
  4. HELP/Project Samaritan Services Corp. - $51,882
  5. La Casa De Salud, Inc. – $42,772
  6. Union Community Health Center, Inc. - $81,385
  7. Vocational Instructional Project Community Services, Inc. – $41,371
  8. Morris Heights Health Center – $112,652