Jose Serrano

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    SNAP Cuts Start Today

    Unfortunately for the 1.8 million New York City residents relying on SNAP benefits, the protests of organizations like New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCAAH) and political advocates like mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney have gone unheeded. Beginning today, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Ruben Diaz's Logic? Five of Six Latino State Senators Support Same-Sex Marriage.

    Last Sunday, Reverend Ruben Diaz made a big deal about the role of Latino state senators in deciding the future of same-sex marriage in New York. As he addressed a crowd overwhelmingly composed of religious Hispanics, Diaz repeatedly led the flock to believe that the issue would be made or broken by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    The Poorest Congressional District in America? Right Here, in New York City

    ​There are 435 congressional districts in the United States of America. And the poorest one in the country is right here in New York City. Can you guess which one it is?

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Eric Schneiderman Hoodwinks the New York Times (UPDATED)

    ​Campaigns test and reveal character, and we've learned a lot about Eric Schneiderman's character that we didn't know when he launched his "reform" candidacy for attorney general. The lessons of the last few days include: --Hoodwinking the New York Times into thinking he was the anti-Cuomo ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    New Yorkers Plot Invasion of Arizona, Plus Boycotts. All Talk at This Point.

    No, it's not yet like the state v. state fight in 2001, when the Yankees played the Diamondbacks in the World Series. But now that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed her state's draconian Senate Bill 1070 into law, a number of New York immigration activists and politicians are angry enough to cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Congress Considers Congratulating Yankees; Bill's Future Uncertain (Update: Bill Passes 386-17; 11 "Present," 19 Abstain)

    ​Among other urgent business, the House of Representatives is considering today a bill, introduced by Jose Serrano of The Bronx, "Congratulating the 2009 Major League Baseball World Series Champions, the New York Yankees." Among the bill's many Whereases: "Whereas this year the Yankees opened ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2009

    Homeland Security money is, and maybe isn't, coming to midtown

    Per the AP, Mike Bloomberg and Ray Kelly are expected to announce today that the feds are providing $24 million to install the "ring of steel" surveillance cameras in midtown Commissioner Kelly announced plans for in April. Kelly initially requested $21 million, but said the cost could rise to $28 m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Barrett: Sharpton Scolds Maloney, and Naturally There's an Ulterior Motive

    ​Al Sharpton's rush to issue a statement this week denouncing Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney's use of the n-word in a magazine interview has once again made him a potential kingmaker. Thanks to Sharpton, Maloney may not stay in the 2010 senate race, making things easier for incumbent Kirsten Gillib ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 17, 2009

    The Taking of the State Senate 1 2 3

    For Espada and Monserrate, the future is all used up

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    D.A. Candidate Aborn is Seven Up

    Seven additional Manhattan elected officials declared themselves this morning for Richard Aborn, the anti-gun advocate whose dark-horse campaign to succeed Robert Morgenthau as District Attorney is picking up momentum. The added backers brings Aborn's political endorsements to 14, by his count. So f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Habemus Corruptio! Senates Dems' Deal Settled

    We know we've said this before, but it looks as if, on the morning of the actual vote, the Democrats of the state senate have pulled together a deal that will get everyone, including the rebellious Gang of Three, on board for Malcolm Smith to be elected to majority leader. The New York Times break ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    That's Our Hillary! Pols, Rightbloggers React to New Secretary of State

    President-Elect Obama confirmed today that Hillary Clinton is his nominee for Secretary of State. Clinton thanked Obama and "my fellow New Yorkers," who she said had given her "the joy of a job I love" in "a state that I cherish," which she claimed "helped prepare me well" for the new office, as N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Ramon Velez, R.I.P.

    Ramon Velez died Sunday night. He was once the most powerful Latino politician in New York, a scandal-scarred city councilman who ran the South Bronx like a monarch. When I discovered that he owned 14 condominiums in Puerto Rico while running a poverty program on a public salary of $210,000 in 198 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2008

    Serrano NYC's Only Bailout Holdout

    Every New York City Congressmember voted for today's failed bailout bill except Jose Serrano of the Bronx, who explains himself thus: "I understand the need to shore up our nation’s big banks to prevent a larger problem, but I cannot support such an action if it does nothing to help the millions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    Golisano's Senate Picks: Mostly (and in NYC, Only) Same-Old

    Politics on the Hudson reports that Tom Golisano, one-man PAC, has made 39 Responsible New York endorsements for the State Senate. In general, he favored Democrats narrowly (25-22) and incumbents widely. But in New York City Districts, he favored Democrats widely (14-2), and only chose incumbents. ... More >>

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    April 25, 2008
  • News

    April 8, 2008

    The Long Goodbye

    Attention, immigrants: Report to the Office of Detention and Removal

  • News

    December 18, 2007

    Pols Feasting on Pork

    A roundup of earmarks in the latest Defense bill

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2007
  • NYC Life

    June 12, 2007

    Where Gay Doesn't Play

    Think you've got it tough? Try being queer in the Bronx.

  • Dance

    February 20, 2007

    The Patter of Feet

    Flamenco gets updated, keeping its gypsy smolder and elemental force intact

  • News

    January 16, 2007

    Sins of the Father

    Rev. Louis Gigante, kin to the Genovese crime family, slips from hero to slumlord

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2006

    Voter Intimidation Charged in Yonkers

    In Yonkers, volunteers for the Andrea Stewart-Cousins campaign have reported incidents of alleged voter intimidation at the polls today. Stewart-Cousins, a Democratic candidate for State Senate, lost in 2004 by 18 votes to Nick Spano. She's challenging him again. At one polling site, say her volu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2006

    Puerto Rico to Vote . . . on What?

    Timing is everything: As anger brews over recent FBI activity in Puerto Rico, Congress is generating the latest proposals for resolving the island's political status—spurred by a presidential panel that in December found (news flash!) that the island's status needed resolving. A Senate proposal ... More >>

  • News

    February 21, 2006

    Libertad? Maybe

    Puerto Rican independence activists rally 'round an FBI crackdown

  • NYC Life

    September 27, 2005
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    September 17, 2005
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    September 13, 2005

    Turnout in the Eye of the Beholder

    From its buzzing nerve center under the elevated tracks at Westchester Square, Fernando Ferrer's GOTV operation in the Bronx says it saw turnout at 2001 levels this morning. But a local city council campaign tells the opposite story: record low numbers of voters—around half the usual amount ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2005

    Mayoral Race: The "R" Word

    Democratic hopefuls poop on Bloomy's party "Bloomberg is a Republican," Fernando Ferrer declared in a campaign statement on Friday, and he was not alone. The same day, Congressman Jose Serrano of the Bronx accused the mayor of "talking out of both sides of his boca," and charged that "since Bloom ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    March 15, 2005
  • News

    November 9, 2004

    The Day the Clave Stopped

    New York's Latin music programming shrinks as population grows

  • News

    July 27, 2004

    Bronx Cash Cow

    A million federal dollars has been spent, but new museum is still nowhere in sight

  • News

    July 6, 2004

    GOP's Forgetful Convert

    New republican state senator Olga Mendez quit more than just the democratic party

  • NYC Life

    February 4, 2003
  • News

    January 14, 2003

    Airing Dirty Linens

    A Win for Workers Who Put the Finery in Fine Dining

  • NYC Life

    October 15, 2002
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    July 30, 2002
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    June 25, 2002
  • News

    March 5, 2002

    DCA Agenda: Help Small Groups

    Can the New Commissioner Stretch the Dollars Without Bending the Rules?

  • News

    February 26, 2002

    Incarcerate or Educate?

    Youth Rally to Halt Millions for Juvenile Facility Expansion

  • News

    October 2, 2001

    Still Counting

    The Big Term-Limits Primary Offers Some Surprises

  • News

    May 8, 2001

    One-Stop Bombing

    The U.S. Navy’s Assault on the Puerto Rican Island of Vieques

  • News

    November 7, 2000

    Law and Favors in the Bronx

    Secret Tapes Catch Pols Speaking Their Minds

  • News

    September 19, 2000

    Advantage: Hevesi

    City Comptroller Scores Big in Primary Races as Ferrer and Green Stumble

  • News

    November 3, 1998

    Money Talks

    Well-heeled incumbents heavily favored in city congressional races

  • News

    June 2, 1998

    The Battle for Harlem

    Sharpton Camp Assails Butts as Upstate Republicans Maneuver To Exploit Black Power Struggle