ALBANY—As legislators weigh implementing some or all of the recommendations of the Ravitch Commission–which was convened to find ways to rescue the M.T.A. from it's fiscal crisis– one state senator says tolling the Harlem River bridges would be regressive.
"I hope that we can make a distinction between the East River and Harlem River. If Read More
At the press conference earlier today, I asked David Paterson if had anything to say about today's Times article by David Kocieniewski detailing how Charlie Rangel helped protect a tax loophole that benefited a major donor to Rangel's eponymous CUNY institution.
"I didn't have a chance to read through all of Read More
David Paterson hadn't even finished announcing an effort to crack down on the causes of asthma in the Bronx when Representative Jose Serrano joked to reporters at the press conference that, no, he wasn't lobbying the governor about a replacement for Hillary Clinton in the Senate.
"I did that last week," Serrano said. There Read More
Jose Serrano didn’t expect to be the only city congressman to oppose the $700 billion Wall Street bailout bill.
“I’m surprised to find out that I’m the only New York City person to vote no,” said Mr. Serrano in a telephone conversation a few hours after he cast his vote. “I thought other Read More
DENVER—Referring to Clinton supporters’ plans to place her name in nomination, Representative Jose Serrano of the Bronx just told me that the New York delegation is being put "in a very difficult situation by some angry folks who somehow want to make a statement that need not be made.”
Serrano, who was on 16th Read More
Liberal billionaire George Soros and members of his family have contributed a little more than $1 million into state campaign coffers since 2000, with nearly all of it going to help Democrats in the State Senate.
Already this year, George, his son Robert, Robert’s wife, Melissa, and another son, Jonathan, contributed $199,500. George, Read More
Citizens Against Government Waste published its annual list of congressional earmarks (they actually call it the Congressional Pig Book list).
Of course, what one person calls wasteful spending, another person calls bringing home the bacon, and now that Democrats are in the majority, New York was supposed to be getting more federal money. Read More
So when David Paterson officially comes into office on Monday, what will happen to some of the initiatives that stalled under Eliot Spitzer?
For example, State Senator Jose Serrano led an effort, during the drivers’ license controversy, to get Spitzer to enact a statewide "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy for immigration status that would Read More
Although some members of Congess were cautious about the significance of Fidel Castro’s resignation this morning, Congressman Jose Serrano of the Bronx thinks that the U.S. should engage with his brother, Raul, who is now in power.
In a public statement, Serrano said, “now that he has voluntarily stepped aside and Read More
Hillary Clinton carried the districts represented by New York City’s two Latino members of Congress, Nydia Velazquez and Jose Serrano.
According to the unofficial voting numbers emailed to reporters by the state Democratic Party, Clinton won Velazquez’s district (which includes parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens) 52,954 to Barack Obama’s 28,455. That would give Clinton Read More