Diane J. Savino's News items

Staten Island Delegation Join Family of Caroline Wimmer in Push to Modernize Criminal Laws; Protect Crime Victims

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Staten Island Legislative Delegation joined the family of the late Caroline Wimmer, on the second anniversary of her tragic death, to push for the passage of important legislation named in her memory.

The bill, (S.3958/A.6376), would make it a felony for public servants to broadcast unauthorized crime scene images that were taken during the course of their official duties.

In March 2009, an EMT responding to the scene of Wimmer's death posted a picture of the victim on Facebook. This photo was later discovered by Caroline's mother, Marti Wimmer.

March 30, 2011
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Free Skating Has Kids Twirling in Coney as Winter Ends

Last Friday, about 250 kids, parents, teachers and other Brooklyn residents laced up their figure and hockey skates to whirl around Abe Stark rink on the Coney Island boardwalk. Skating was free for the day, sponspored by Councilman Domenic M. Recchia Jr.

A bevy of politicos were on hand, including state Senator Diane Savino, Representative Jerrold Nadler and Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, all of whom have some jurisdiction over Coney Island.

Professional figure skater and frequent “parade personality” Marni Halasa dressed as the Coney Island Fairy Godmother to perform tricks and teach the kids how to skate.

March 3, 2011
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Staten Island State Sen. Diane Savino Rips Subway Barrier Scheme

Published: Thursday, February 03, 2011, 8:04 AM
By Judy L. Randall

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Calling it a "waste of time, effort, energy and money," state Sen. Diane Savino yesterday thumped an MTA plan to erect barriers or sliding doors on subway platforms to prevent passengers from falling onto the tracks and to keep a lid on litter.

February 3, 2011
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Notice of Event Cancellation - Preventing Caregiver Burnout 1/27

Please note that due to the weather conditions, the event Preventing Caregiver Burnout will not take place today Junuary 27th and will be rescheduled for a future date.

 

January 27, 2011
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Archbishop of Naples Visits NYC, Offers Prayers at Casa Belvedere

Published by the Staten Island Advance

By Maureen Donnelly

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Archbishop of Naples, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, visited Casa Belvedere, The Italian Cultural Foundation, Grymes Hill, Thursday as part of a tour of the five boroughs. One of the most notable leaders in Naples and of Italy's Campania region, Cardinal Sepe was in New York City this week for a series of events, "Dire Napoli" (Telling Naples) -- "Don't Close the Door on Hope," promoting Naples. He was accompanied to Casa Belvedere by Francesco Talo, counsel general of Italy, and Vincenzo Scotti, under-secretary for foreign affairs of Italy.

January 26, 2011
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Workshop for Stressed Caregivers - EVENT CANCELLED

Published by the Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A free, hour-long health workshop aimed at caregivers who might be experiencing stress caring for loved ones will be held Thursday. A Preventing Caregiver Burnout seminar will be held at the Forever Young Senior Center, 330 St. Mark's Place, St. George, from 6 to 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), partnered with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

For More information visit: http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/01/workshop_for_stressed_caregive.html

 

January 26, 2011
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Savino, IDC Issues Recommendations to Streamline State Government

$312 million wasteful spending, potential savings, uncovered

January 10, 2011
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NY Law Protects Workers From Wage Theft

by Vanessa Price on December 14, 2010

 Share New York Governor, David Paterson signed a bill into law which would protect wage earners from theft this week as a result of continued lobbying from advocates of immigrants and labor unions.

Under previous NY law, if employers stole worker wages, the penalty was to pay the money back to the wage-earner with a 25% penalty.

December 23, 2010
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New York Cracks Down On Wage Theft

Source: Governor of New York Posted on: 14th December 2010Governor David A. Paterson has signed into law S.8380/A.11726, the Wage Theft Prevention Act.

The Wage Theft Prevention Act addresses the failure by employers to pay statutorily-mandated minimum wages and overtime by requiring annual notifications of wages, expanding notifications, enhancing available remedies for wage law violations and strengthening whistleblower protections.

The Governor also announced that he has acted on ten additional bills.

December 23, 2010
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WAGE THEFT PREVENTION ACT

by New York Real Estate Lawyers Blog on 14. Dec, 2010 in Public Interest

Governor Paterson Signs Wage Theft Prevention Act Yesterday, Governor David A. Paterson signed into law S.8380/A.11726, the Wage Theft Prevention Act, which addresses the failure by employers to pay statutorily-mandated minimum wages and overtime by requiring annual notifications of wages, expanding notifications, enhancing available remedies for wage law violations and strengthening whistleblower protections. The Governor also announced that he has acted on ten additional bills.

December 23, 2010
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Paterson Signs ‘Wage Theft’ Bill into Law

The Business Review - by Adam Sichko Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 8:28am EST ..Related News

By the numbers: Fewer Americans patronizing the arts.New York Gov. David Paterson signed a bill into law on Dec. 13 that creates more paperwork and regulatory hurdles for business owners.

“They say that New York is the safest big city in the world. Tell that to the thousands of New Yorkers who are robbed each week by their employers,” said Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn).

“For too long, penalties for employers who steal or underpay their workers have been so low that it was simply the cost of doing business,” Savino said.

December 23, 2010
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Paterson Signs Bill Expanding Worker Protections

By: Bobby Cuza

A bill signed into law Monday by Governor David paterson targets employers who illegally underpay their workers -- a practice advocates say is all too common. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.State officials say it happens all the time: New Yorkers getting ripped off by their employers who pay them less than minimum wage, fail to pay proper overtime or otherwise illegally withhold wages.

December 23, 2010
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Governor Paterson Signs Wage Theft Prevention Act

ALBANY, NY (12/13/2010)(readMedia)-- Governor David A. Paterson today signed into law S.8380/A.11726, the Wage Theft Prevention Act, which addresses the failure by employers to pay statutorily-mandated minimum wages and overtime by requiring annual notifications of wages, expanding notifications, enhancing available remedies for wage law violations and strengthening whistleblower protections. The Governor also announced that he has acted on ten additional bills.

December 23, 2010
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Sunnyside Worker Says His Wages Were Stolen

by Elizabeth Daley, Editor12/16/2010    At a rally outside an Associated Supermarkets store in Sunnyside last Friday, Sergio Guzman, a Latino immigrant, claimed he had not been compensated for his labor.       Whether Duran is guilty of wage theft remains to be seen, but according to state Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island and Brooklyn), studies indicate that a large number of employees are earning less than state-mandated minimum wage and aren’t receiving the correct amount of overtime pay.    As a result, on Monday, Gov. Paterson signed the Wage Theft Protection Act into law. The measure increases penalties for employers who don’t follow the law.    ©Queens Chronicle 2010

December 23, 2010
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Staten Island Holiday Events Include Train Show, Toy Giveaway

ublished: Thursday, December 09, 2010, 6:33 AM  Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- As Staten Islanders ease into the spirit of the season, a free-to-the-public display of train sets with door prizes and raffles this weekend in Castleton Corners and a toy giveaway on Dec. 17 will spread the joy of what, for many borough residents, is indeed the most glorious time of the year.

This weekend, at Clove Lakes Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, the third annual Holiday Train Show will allow visitors to view three historic train sets laid out in an elaborate miniversion of real life.

December 9, 2010
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Crime and Punishment

Just Try Stealing From Your Workers Once This New Law Goes On the BooksBy Tom Robbins, Thu., Dec. 2 2010 @ 8:46AM Categories: Albany, Crime and Punishment, Featured, Labor, Tom Robbins  Morgan Schweitzer

You don't get to celebrate too many victories on the state legislative level these days, but there should be a few loud cheers for its passage this week of a new law that makes it a bigger crime to steal wages from your workers.The bill means the next time an employer flips off a worker like Vicente Martinez Ávila -- whose story of working hundreds of hours of overtime in a Brooklyn cemetery for nothing is told in this week's Voice -- he risks getting slammed with tough penalties.

December 9, 2010
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