Issues: Labor

Household help

Published: Saturday, September 04, 2010, 7:57 AM  Staten Island Advance Editorial They have been excluded for decades from protection under virtually all of America’s labor laws. Now the rights of household workers are being guaranteed in our state, the first in the nation to establish basic rules for their employment.

 In a historic step, Gov. Paterson has signed into law job benefits for domestic employees, including nannies, housekeepers and companions to the sick and elderly.

Ms. Savino is optimistic, of course.

“With the signing of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights,” she says, “we will dramatically improve the lives of those who care for our children, our seniors and our homes, those who make all other work possible.”

September 7, 2010

Tips For Selecting Quality Day Care

Quality child care can assist parents in building their children’s self esteem, teach them how to get along with others and encourage them to explore the world around them.  Quality programs also provide a warm, nurturing environment where children feel secure and comfortable.  Some excellent programs have only a few children and are run from the provider’s home.  Other fine programs have many children and are located in large centers.  Finding the right program for you and your child may be hard work, but it’s worth the effort.

Printable Davcare Checklist

September 2, 2010

New York To Implement Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Governor David A. Paterson today signed into law a landmark bill to grant workplace protections to domestic workers, the first such law to be enacted in the nation.

Domestic workers had been excluded from many of the rights granted to other employees by legislation enacted in the past.

Among other provisions, this bill provides for:

August 31, 2010
August 31, 2010

The New Class War Is The Same As The Old Class War

By Sen. Diane Savino  There is a class war brewing between the haves and the havenots. According to a recent column in the New York Times, the "haves" are public-sector employees who enjoy "cadillac pensions" and the "have-nots" are those in the private sector who don’t.  

In recent months, right-wing think tanks and elected officials have been beating the drum that the decent wages and benefits that public employees enjoy are the cause of our economic woes.

News sources frequently cite accounts of those scamming the system by earning two pensions or skirting overtime rules. The perception is that most public employees retire with $100,000 pensions, Page when 1 the truth is the average pension is $33,000 a year.

August 31, 2010

Paterson Signs Landmark Bill of Rights For Domestic Workers

Paterson Signs Landmark Bill of Rights For Domestic Workers

Domestic workers in New York are now guaranteed more rights than anywhere in the nation.

Governor David Paterson signed the Domestic Workers' Rights bill into law this morning.

Domestic workers watch in an overflow room as Paterson signs the workers' rights bill. "Nowhere have domestic workers been able to gain any level of decency, dignity, respect and recognition by the law. That changes today," said State Senator Diane Savino.

New York is the first state in the U.S. to enact such sweeping protection for domestic workers.

The legislation takes effect in 90 days.

August 31, 2010

Domestic workers get labor protections under new law

August31Gov. David Paterson signed into law today a bill that provides a number of rights to domestic workers, such as nannies, housekeepers and elderly caregivers. It provides a number of legal protections that most other workers in the United States have and is the first such legislation in the country, according to Domestic Workers United.

August 31, 2010

Governor Paterson Signs Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Bill of Rightsby New York State Office of the Governor

ALBANY, NY (08/31/2010)(readMedia)-- Governor David A. Paterson today signed into law a landmark bill to grant workplace protections to domestic workers, the first such law to be enacted in the nation. Domestic workers had been excluded from many of the rights granted to other employees by legislation enacted in the past.

August 31, 2010

State Correction Officers Needed

As young people consider their futures, some may want to think about working for New York State in various positions of law enforcement and correctional services.

The state periodically has openings in law enforcement (state police, park police, university police, environmental conservation and corrections). New York's prisons, which range from minimum to maximum security, need reliable, qualified individuals to serve as corrections officers. Crime is generally on the decrease in our state, and we can credit the legislature for tough policies and new laws that have reduced our crime rate. But we will always have the need to incarcerate those who violate our laws, and we will need people to operate our prisons.

August 19, 2010
September 30, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer Stands with Women's Advocacy Groups to Urge Governor Paterson to Enact New Protections for Domestic Violence Survivors

While violent crime overall has declined in recent years, violence against loved ones is on the rise.  In 2008, intimate partner homicides increased 25% statewide and 45% in counties outside New York City.  Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), joined by representatives from the Pace Women’s Justice Center, My Sisters’ Place, Hope’s Door and Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, today called on Governor Paterson to sign into law sweeping legislation to strengthen the rights and protections of domestic violence survivors and increase the criminal penalties for domestic abuse.

August 10, 2010

Senate Shows Support for Farmers, Votes Down Labor Bill


Vote reflects Aubertine’s work to show colleagues how bill would undercut state’s top industry

ALBANY (August 3, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine said today that the open and public debate on farm worker legislation over the past year has brought to light the damage this legislation would have on New York State’s farms. As a result, the bill was defeated on the floor of the Senate today.

August 3, 2010


Queens, NY, August 3, 2010 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a member of the Senate's Racing, Gaming & Wagering Committee, today issued the following statement on the winning Aqueduct bidder:  “Today’s selection by the New York Lottery of Genting New York LLC,  means that finally, after almost a decade-long process, the future of Aqueduct Racetrack and the surrounding communities looks bright.”  According to sources at New York Lottery, Genting was chosen for their professionalism and for their understanding of the needs of the community. 

August 3, 2010

Retail Report

News From Senator Shirley L. Huntley

For Immediate Release: August 3, 2010

Contact: Kevin M. Webb (518) 455-3531 (Huntley)

Diem Tran (917) 439-2965 (Squadron)


Senators Huntley and Squadron Release Senate Committee on Cities Report

To Help Local Businesses and Revitalize Retail Diversity

Small Retailers Vital to New York’s Economy, Culture

August 2, 2010

Savino hosting career fair in St. George on Tuesday

Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 3:40 PM     Updated: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 3:55 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- State Sen. Diane J. Savino will host a career fair on Tuesday from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. at Brighton Heights Reformed Church, at 320 St. Marks Place in St. George.

Over 70 employers will be in attendance from a variety of different fields including: Civil service, retail, sales, banking, customer service, warehouse and factory, food service and health care

Individuals with all levels of experience and education are welcome and should bring multiple copies of their resumes.

July 29, 2010

An Important Note For Small Business Owners

We encourage all businesses in New York to take advantage of the provisions enacted under the federal HIRE Act, passed in April of this year. Businesses that hire the long-term unemployed (defined as those who have not worked in over 60 days) can suspend payment of the employer's share of Social Security taxes on that worker from March 18-December 31, 2010. The more a business pays a worker (up to the maximum Social Security wage of $106,800), and the longer a business has a worker on its payroll, the greater the tax savings - so there is an incentive to hire people sooner, and pay them more.

July 28, 2010

Forum/Town Hall: Senator Diane J. Savino's Career Fair 2010

In an effort to assist those in their search for employment opportunities, my office is hosting a Career Fair this Tuesday, August 3, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Brighton Heights Reformed Church, located at 320 St Marks Place in Staten Island, NY.

Over 70 employers will be in attendance, looking to fill positions in a variety of fields including Civil Service, Banking, Customer Service, Warehouse and Factory, Retail and Sales, Food Service, and Health Care.

Job searchers will have the opportunity to attend free workshops on Job Readiness, Interview Skills and Financial Empowerment/Management.  To participate in the workshop, please RSVP to

Job Seekers with all levels of experience and education are welcome!

August 3, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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