Essay about Political Profile of Jose Serrano

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Political Profile of Jose Serrano

Rep. José E. Serrano of New York, Ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, Judiciary, and related agencies of the exclusive and powerful House Appropriations Committee, represents New York's 16th Congressional District in the South Bronx. This district he represents is one of the most economically devastated areas in the United States. This mostly Hispanic area in South Bronx had, by the 1970s, become a symbol for the nation's urban ills. This district stretches of refuse-strewn lots and burned-out buildings that provide backdrops for politicians of both parties. Many of the politicians have prescribed varying solutions to revive the inner cities. However, residents have
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Great Democratic strength here has been consistent with other mainly minority districts. Another consistent pattern is low voter turnout. This is the result of recent immigration status, political alienation and poverty. A range of inner-city problems affects the residents of the 16th. It has the lowest median family income of the 435 House districts. More than 40 percent of all residents live in poverty, and less than half of the people 25 or older have high school diplomas. Once a major factory area, the South Bronx still has a handful of industrial employers, as well as two large wholesale food centers, the Hunts Point and the Bronx terminal markets, not to mention Yankee Stadium which is near by also. The 16th district comes to a northern point in Bronx Park, site of the Bronx Zoo and Botanical Garden. Congressman Serrano moved from Puerto Rico to South Bronx with his family, when he was seven years old. There he attended public schools and later graduated from Lehman College of the City University of New York. Then he served in the 172nd Support Battalion of the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Fort Wainright, Alaska during the Vietnam War. During his 27 years of public service, Serrano has pursued a consistent legislative philosophy. He believes the primary roles of government are to provide a climate in which all people should be treated

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