Diane J. Savino, 23rd District
Part of Kings and Richmond Counties
Independent Democratic Conference Liaison to the Executive Branch
315 Legislative Office Building
Albany, New York 12247
36 Richmond Terrace, Suite 112
Staten Island, New York 10301
Diane Savino has dedicated her entire professional career towards improving the lives of working families. She began her career in public service as a caseworker for New York City’s Child Welfare Administration, providing direct assistance to abused and neglected children.
An active member of her local labor union, the Social Service Employees Union, Local 371, DC 37 of AFSCME, she quickly rose through the ranks to become the Vice President for Political Action & Legislative Affairs, where she became one of the most respected labor leaders in New York State.
As a labor official, she actively and successfully campaigned for an increase in the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.15—the first raise for New Yorkers in over a decade. As a Senator and Chair of the Labor Committee she continued her commitment to workers by supporting and advocating for a further increased to $9.00 to be phased in over the next three years that was included in the 2013-14 Executive Budget.
In 2004, she was elected to represent the 23rd Senatorial District, which encompasses the North and East Shores of Staten Island and portions of Southern Brooklyn, including Bensonhurst, Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Dyker Heights, Gravesend and Sunset Park.
In their endorsement of Senator Savino, the New York Times described her as “scrappy and effective”. Her dedication to her constituents earned her the Staten Island Advance’s “strongest endorsement for a third term”, saying “no lawmaker works harder and no lawmaker commits herself to the fight for her constituents more than Ms. Savino".
Senator Savino has championed legislation protecting hard-working New Yorkers. Among the laws she has had enacted is the first in the nation Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, expanding basic worker protection rights to domestic workers; the Prompt Pay Bill, which ensures prompt payment to construction contractors and their employees; Wage Theft Prevention Act, assessing preventative and punitive measures on employers that steal income from their employees.
In 2013, Senator Savino authored a sweeping new child labor law to end widespread exploitation of underage models in New York’s fashion industry. Child print and runway models will now be provided with the same labor and education protections afforded to other child performers, including adequate health and safety measures, medical care, education and financial trusts.
Senator Savino currently serves as Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Labor and has previously served as chair of both the Civil Service and Pensions Committee and the Children and Families Committee. From those committees she authored the law that would limit public authorities from contracting out for services that can be performed by public employees; provided a cost-of-living increase in the death benefit for widows and widowers of police officers and fire fighters killed in the line of duty and expanded and made permanent the Family Differential Response (FAR) Program.
In January of 2011, Senator Savino co-founded the Independent Democratic Conference to provide a clear break from the dysfunction that had defined Albany for too long and to allow for a return to governance that her constituents expect and deserve. She serves as the Independent Democratic Conference’s Liaison to the Executive Chamber.
Local initiatives include the establishment of a Quiet Zone on the Staten Island Ferry, Ferry and Express Bus Service Surveys, a Mobile District Office, Back to School Fairs, Women’s Health Events, a series of hearings on the foreclosure and subprime lending crisis, district-wide workshops for seniors on the Medicare prescription drug plan, and statewide hearings on HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine.
Senator Savino sponsors a wide array of programs in the 23rd District, including the only kosher soup kitchen in New York City, Staten Island’s Downtown Drive-In Movies, a mobile mammography unit, as well as a wide variety of programs for at-risk youth and senior citizens.
Senator Savino currently chairs the Labor committee and has formerly chaired the Children and Families Committee (2011-12 Sessions) and the Civil Service and Pensions Committee (2009-10 Sessions). She also serves on the Subcommittee on New York City Education and the Senate Bi-Partisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy.
Standing Committee Assignments 2013: Labor (Chair); Banks; Children and Families; Civil Service and Pensions; Consumer Protection; Elections; Finance; Health; Higher Education; Judiciary.
VOTE IN 2012 GENERAL ELECTION
Diane J. Savino, Dem. 47,486; Wor. 2,126; Ind. 941 50,553 total votes
Lisa Grey, 13,583; Con. 1,548 15,131 total votes