WASHINGTON — Rep. Jose Serrano, a 16-term Democrat from the South Bronx, says he has Parkinson’s illness and can retire on the finish of his time period.
The 75-year-old Serrano is a fixture in Bronx politics and is amongst Congress’ foremost defenders of Puerto Rico, the U.S. territory the place he was born.
He is chairman of a Home Appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the departments of Justice and Commerce, and he is pledging to make use of that put up to — in his phrases — “struggle for local weather change analysis, a fairer justice system, and an correct 2020 census depend.”
Serrano’s announcement got here shortly after a New York Metropolis councilman, Ritchie Torres, introduced he’d run for the congressional seat within the strongly Democratic district.
In explaining his resolution, Serrano says Parkinson’s “will finally take a toll.”