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Representative José E. Serrano

New York-15
Key Coastal Communities:
The Bronx (bounded by the Harlem, Bronx, and East Rivers)

Leadership: Congressman Serrano believes clearing the air and improving the environment is a top priority in the South Bronx. Actively supporting a new, healthy vision for his District, the Congressman has worked for decades on environmental justice issues such as quality parks, breathable air and clean waterways. His view that poor environmental conditions affect the socio-economic conditions of a community have led him to champion environmental justice campaigns that have made the Bronx a better place to live and work.

Congressman Serrano is committed to restoring the Bronx River, New York City’s only true freshwater river. In less than two decades, this once highly contaminated waterway has been transformed into a healthy eco-system that sustains migrating herring and New York City’s first beaver in over 200 years. The Congressman’s leadership in bringing together federal agencies, local institutions, and community-based organizations has made the Bronx River’s success story resonate in urban communities around the country. Congressman Serrano has also introduced legislation that provides tax credits to businesses that use clean-fuel vehicles in areas with high pollution. He serves on the House Appropriations Committee, Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee with three other ocean champions – Mike Honda, Derek Kilmer, and Nita Lowey.

Congressman Serrano sponsored: 

  • H.R 4399 (Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Act)

Congressman Serrano cosponsored: 

  • H.R  2272 (COAST Anti-Drilling Act 2017)
  • H.R. 1889 (Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act)
  • H.R. 502 (To permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.)
  • H.R. 4019 (Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 3717 (Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act)
  • H.R 3574 (End Polluter Welfare Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 5214 (Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 2093 (Clean Coastal Environment and Public Health Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 2537 (Beach Protection Act of 2008)