Subscribe to our Newsletters By subscribing to Gotham Gazette's free newletters you will receive The Eye-Opener, our daily morning round-up of the day's news, and our occasional afternoon newsletter of original Gotham Gazette content. * indicates required Email Address * First Name * Last Name * Zip Code * Sign me up for Gotham Gazette Newsletters! Bronx/Manhattan 28th Senate District: A Serrano in the Seat by Gotham Gazette Staff, Nov 04, 2008 TwitterIn 2004, Jose Serrano scored a bit of a coup, toppling an incumbent, longtime member of the State Senate. His task was made a bit easier because that senator, Olga Mendez, switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party. Two years later, Serrano kept the seat. Serrano, the son of U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano, previously served the City Council where he focused on cultural issues, including keeping libraries open, childcare and housing. He has continued those interests in the Senate and, in 2006, was appointed chair of the Senate Minority Task Force on the Arts and Cultural Affairs. In his bid for a third term representing this district, which includes Roosevelt Island and East Harlem and extends into the Bronx, Serrano, who also appears on the Working Families Party line, faces Republican/Conservative Keesha Weiner. Little information about her was available. At the end of the most recent filing period, Serrano had $26,779 in campaign funds. Weiner reported no contributions.Â Tweet Editor's Choice With a Smirk, Bharara Diagnoses New York Corruption Problem Public Conversation on New Veterans Department Begins The Evolving Definition of Transparency Comments Comment(s) The comments section is provided as a free service to our readers. Gotham Gazette's editors reserve the right to delete any comments. Some reasons why comments might get deleted: inappropriate or offensive content, off-topic remarks or spam.