Issues: Human Rights

Staten Island pols sound off against Ground Zero mosque

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island elected officials yesterday condemned the Cordoba House mosque project planned for Manhattan's Ground Zero neighborhood, and slammed President Barack Obama's comments about the project.

State Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) said that another location should be chosen for the mosque, but stopped short of saying that government should stop the project if it can.

"You have to tread very lightly on that," she said. "What makes us uniquely American is our commitment to religious freedom. You don't want to set the precedent on where houses of worship can be built. It's a slippery slope."

But if improved relations are the goal, Ms. Savino added, the mosque should be moved.

August 17, 2010
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PROTECTING NEW YORK’S DRINKING WATER

Senator Savino Joins Democratic Colleagues, Actor Mark Ruffalo, Residents & Advocates to Urge Moratorium on Gas Drilling Which Could Pollute NYC’s Drinking Water (New York, NY) Gas drilling in New York could contaminate the drinking water of more than 12 million NYC-area residents. Putting public safety over the interests of gas companies, the Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation mandating a temporary moratorium on gas drilling (“hydro-fracking”) to ensure adequate time to research safety measures and regulations.  The Senate, on August 3, 2010, overwhelmingly passed S8129B/Thompson by a vote of 48-9.

August 11, 2010
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August 9, 2010
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Statement From Senator José Peralta Regarding Today’s Court Decision To Issue an Injunction Against Arizona’s Divisive Immigration Enforcement Law

“As a Dominican American who represents one of the most diverse communities in this country, I applaud Judge Susan Bolton of Federal District Court’s decision to issue an injunction against  Arizona’s divisive immigration enforcement law.  Allowing any governing body to legalize racial profiling is appalling and flies in the face of our core belief of “innocent until proven guilty”.

July 28, 2010
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Reforms for Deportation Policies that Split Families Unites Elected Officials and Community Leaders

The Daily News

Published: Sunday, September 20, 2009

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East Harlem against deportation, a group whose name doesn't leave any doubt about its mission, released an important report this past Thursday.

Aptly named "Immigration Reform Starts Here," the report makes concrete policy recommendations for the city and the state to protect immigrants and their families.

July 28, 2010
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5 Gay Rights Speeches Guaranteed To Bring Tears To Your Eyes And Passion To Your Heart

5. New York Senator Diane Savino On Marriage Equality BillSpeaking before the vote for Marriage Equality in New York, Senator Savino dismantles the arguments against gay marriage in style, with perhaps her most important, yet at the same time most simple point of all being “We have nothing to fear from love and commitment”.

To read more: http://www.queeried.co.uk/gay-rights-speeches/

July 22, 2010
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Senator Diane J. Savino Discusses the Wage Theft Bill and Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on WBAI's "Building Bridges

Listen to Senator Diane J. Savino discussing the Wage Theft Bill and Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on WBAI's "Building Bridges".

July 16, 2010
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History of The New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus

HISTORY

In 1917, The New York State Assembly elected its first Black American legislator, Mr.Edward A. Johnson, and in 1937 Assemblyman Oscar Garcia Rivera was the first American of Puerto Rican heritage to be elected in the State Assembly. From those small victories, slowly, two became three, three became four, and four became many. Presently the Caucus has a total of 48 members within the State Assembly and Senate.

July 16, 2010
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The People’s Budget Equity XVIII Report

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Budget Euilty XVIII Report.pdf

July 15, 2010
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Serrano Shows Support for LGBT Commmunity

Dirk McCall, Executive Director, Bronx Pride; Senator Serrano; and Guillermo Flores, American Cancer Society

 

July 9, 2010
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Senator Diane J. Savino's Comments on the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

"Today the New York State Legislature passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, making New York a leader again in worker protections. Domestic Workers, who have fought for years for dignity and respect in the workplace, are trailblazers and you will soon see states across the country follow suit," said Senator Diane J. Savino.

July 1, 2010
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Nannies, Domestic Workers Score Win with Albany: Can Get Overtime, Labor Protections

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Tuesday, June 29th 2010, 2:31 AM

ALBANY - State leaders cut a deal Monday to give nannies and other domestic workers overtime pay and new labor protections, the Daily News has learned.

"This is a tremendous victory for a group of workers who historically and systematically have been denied basic labor rights," said state Sen. Diane Savino (D-S.I.), a sponsor of the plan.

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June 30, 2010
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Senate Majority Extends Rights To LGBT Couples

Legislation grants bereavement leave to employees in same-sex relationships

June 30, 2010
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Senator Bill Perkins Advocates for the Dignity for All Students Act

On June 22, 2010 Senator Bill Perkins participated in a press conference which advocated for the passage of S. 1987-B, the dignity for all students act.  On the same day the bill passed the Senate with a vote of 58 to 3.

June 24, 2010
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Providing All Students With A Safe Learning Environment

Senate Passes Landmark ‘Dignity For All Students Act’

June 23, 2010
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Senator Savino Announces Passage of ‘Dignity For All Students Act’

Landmark bill will provide all students with a safe learning environment

June 23, 2010
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Senator Savino Announces Passage of ‘Dignity For All Students Act’

Landmark bill will provide all students with a safe learning environment

June 23, 2010
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Senate Majority Brings Marriage Laws into the 21st Century

(Albany, NY) Senator Diane J. Savino, joined her colleagues in Senate Majority in passing a legislative package which fundamentally restructures matrimonial law to improve the process and outcome of divorce for all New Yorkers, particularly women and children who are often the most vulnerable when marriages are dissolved.

June 16, 2010
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Senator Espada Speaks Out for Farm Workers

Espada Introduces New Bill That Would Provide Basic Protections to State’s Farm Workers as Kerry Kennedy Set to Lead Rally Today in Albany

June 16, 2010
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