José M. Serrano

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José M. Serrano
Member of the New York Senate
from the 29th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2013
Preceded by Thomas Duane
Member of the New York Senate
from the 28th district
In office
January 1, 2005 – December 31, 2012
Preceded by Olga A. Mendez
Succeeded by Liz Krueger
Member of the New York City Council from the 17th District
In office
January 1, 2002 – January 1, 2005
Preceded by Pedro G. Espada
Succeeded by Maria del Carmen Arroyo
Personal details
Born (1972-06-19) June 19, 1972 (age 45)
South Bronx, New York
Political party Democratic
Residence South Bronx, New York
Alma mater Manhattan College

José Marco Serrano (born June 19, 1972) is a member of the New York State Senate, representing Mott Haven, Melrose, Highbridge, Morris Heights, Spanish Harlem, Yorkville, Roosevelt Island and part of the Upper West Side. He is the son of U.S. Congressman José Serrano.

A lifelong South Bronx resident, Serrano was elected to the New York State Senate in November 2004. He defeated Republican Olga Mendez, a 26-year incumbent in the district.

State senate[edit]

In 2001, Senator Serrano was elected to the New York City Council (District 17), representing Melrose, Mott Haven, Longwood, and Hunt’s Point. He focused on issues relating to affordable housing, daycare for children of low-income families, and the environment. He also chaired the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries, and International Intergroup Relations.[citation needed]

Serrano ran for the Senate in 2004. According to the New York Times, which endorsed him, Serrano promised "to pursue unfinished and ignored business in the capital, including legislating an end to the Rockefeller drug laws."[citation needed] He would garner more than 80% of the vote in his victory over Olga Mendez.[citation needed]

In September 2007, he was named one of City Hall's "40 under 40" for being a young influential member of New York City politics.[1]

In Albany, Serrano has thus far stuck to the core issues on his progressive agenda: environmental protection; affordable housing and healthcare; and promoting the arts as an economic engine. He was appointed Chair of the Senate Minority Task Force on the Arts and Cultural Affairs by Senate Minority Leader David Paterson. While in the minority, he served as Ranking Minority Member of the Tourism, Recreation and Sports Development Committee. In January 2009 he was appointed Chairman of the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee, a renamed version of the Tourism Committee.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rising Stars 40 Under 40: Jose Serrano Archived 2014-02-01 at the Wayback Machine., City & State, September 17, 2007.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pedro G. Espada
New York City Council, 17th District
Succeeded by
Maria del Carmen Arroyo
Preceded by
Mary Lou Rath
Chairman of the Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee
Succeeded by
Betty Little
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Olga A. Mendez
New York State Senate, 28th District
Succeeded by
Liz Krueger
Preceded by
Thomas Duane
New York State Senate, 29th District