State Legislature OKs Savino-sponsored wage-protection bill Published: Thursday, December 02, 2010, 7:52 AM Updated: Thursday, December 02, 2010, 7:59 AM Tom Wrobleski
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- State Sen. Diane Savino hailed Assembly passage yesterday of a bill she sponsored in the Senate, which she said would protect workers from "unscrupulous employers" who "steal" their earnings by paying less than minimum wage.
"Stealing from employees not only hurts families, it hurts communities," said Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn). "It also makes honest employers less competitive."
But Staten Island business leaders said the new measure could drive up costs for borough small businesses and consumers.
Published: December 01, 2010 12:50 PMModified: December 01, 2010 2:13 PM Assembly passes wage boosts for workers
One bill quadruples penalties for employers who don't follow minimum wage and overtime laws; a second bill nearly triples the pay for certain building-service workers.
By Daniel Massey
The Assembly overwhelmingly approved two measures Tuesday aimed at raising standards for low-wage workers across the state.
Some lawmakers argue that wage theft not only hurts workers, but makes it tougher for businesses that follow the law to remain competitive. The new law would also boost state tax revenues by about $50 million a year, advocates said.
On Tuesday, November 30, 2010 the New York State Assembly gave final legislative approval to the Wage Theft Prevention Act (A11726/S8380), introduced by Assemblymember Carl Heastie and Senator Diane Savino. Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, a prime sponsor of the bill who had spoken in favor of immediate passage at an event organized by supporters on Monday, called the Assembly’s action “a major victory for justice and decency in the way we treat workers, especially low-wage workers, in New York.”
ALBANY, N.Y. — The Assembly has given final legislative approval to a measure that toughens penalties on bosses who illegally withhold workers' pay.Sen. Diane Savino, sponsor of the bill, says Gov. David Paterson is expected to sign it.
One survey estimates New York City employers shortchange their low-wage workers by almost $1 billion a year.
A New Version of an Old PlanBy Harold EgelnBrooklyn Daily Eagle
SOUTHWEST BROOKLYN — Board the R subway at DeKalb Avenue and exit the R on ... Victory Boulevard on Staten Island?
“If the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) wants to truly move people out of their cars and onto rail, extending a subway to Staten Island is the way to do it,” said Savino making her proposal recently.
So now Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing his own version of a rail tunnel connection between Manhattan and New Jersey. Plans call for the No. 7 line to be extended to 12th Avenue and 34th Street on the West Side. But the mayor has floated the idea of extending the No. 7 subway line even farther, into New Jersey Transit’s hub at the Secaucus Junction station.
While New York City’s rail plans for Staten Island include just a modest proposal to reactivate the North Shore rail line and Mayor Bloomberg wants to spend the federal government’s $3 billion left over from the ARC Tunnel on a 7 line extension to Secaucus, one Staten Island politician would prefer to see the city deliver on a long-promised subway line to the island. State Senator Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) said this weekend that instead of pursuing a subway extension to New Jersey that “flies in the face of practicality and fairness,” the city should connect Staten Island to the rest of New York’s extensive subway system.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Islanders participated in a variety of events yesterday to celebrate the season of giving, and share with those who are facing hard times this Thanksgiving.
Sen. Diane Savino joined with the Staten Island chapter of the New York Urban League, along with Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union, Local 338, and other organizations to distribute bags filled with 14-pound turkeys and all the fixings to more than 200 needy families.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island should get first crack at $3 billion in federal transportation funding that Mayor Bloomberg would like to see used to extend the No. 7 subway line to New Jersey, state Sen. Diane Savino said."If the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) wants to truly move people out of their cars and onto rail, extending a subway to the Island is the way to do it," said Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn). "The MTA should complete a 1912 plan that would have rail and freight access from the terminus of Victory Boulevard to Brooklyn, along 67th Street, and then utilize the R train route along Fourth Avenue. The projected cost of the plan is $3 billion, the same as the extension of the 7 line under the Hudson River."
By: NY1 NewsA Staten Island woman who was once homeless got a big surprise Thursday when she learned there was money just sitting in a bank waiting for her.Penny Martin was living in a homeless shelter when she learned that a man she had dated when she was a teenager left her $10,000."I remember this man saying to me that, 'If anything happens to me I just want you to know that you are going to be my beneficiary.' And I was young I didn't have the slightest clue what this person was talking about, but when you get older and you start working and paying bills money stays on your mind," Martin said.State Senator Diane Savino's office helped her reclaim the money.
The Associated Press • October 22, 2010NEW YORK — Penny Martin won't have to be pinching pennies any more.The Staten Island woman recently discovered that she was the beneficiary of a $10,000 life insurance policy held by a former boyfriend who died in 1985.On Thursday, Martin was presented with a check from the state's unclaimed funds at a news conference attended by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and state Sen. Diane Savino.The state has $10.5 billion in unclaimed funds dating to the 1940s. It includes unclaimed insurance policies, lapsed bank accounts and other property.To Read More: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20101022/NATIONWORLD/101022008/NY...
Anti-Domestic Abuse Group Is Affiliated With MaimonidesBy Harold Egeln Brooklyn Daily EagleBAY RIDGE — Brooklyn artists and photographers collaborated with Gallery 364 to create a new empowering venture for the borough’s Women Against Violence organization: a 2010-2011 calendar featuring 15 artworks.“The art and photographs are all winning artworks featured from the ‘Empowerment’ art exhibit and competition back in June that we had for the organization,” said photographer Georgine Benvenuto, founder of Gallery 364. The gallery and art studio occupy the entire first floor of her historic circa-1910 limestone house.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI) is holding its fourth annual Celebrity Chefs competition Monday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. at LiGreci's Staaten, West Brighton. Tickets may be purchased in advance or on the night of the event for $65 each; call Ronnie DiGiacomo at 718-808-1403. Honorary co-chairs are Jane Milza of Grasmere, former Food Editor of the Staten Island Advance and Alfred Cerullo, president/CEO of Grand Central Partnership, Manhattan.
State senators Diane Savino and Andrew Lanza will be vying against each other. Similarly, there will be a friendly competition going between two prominent Soroptimists, Joan Galestro and Fran Reali.
Published: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 12:38 AM Updated: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 7:09 AM
By Michael J. Fressola Staten Island Advance
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The incoming new boss of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden is a 37-year-old former Staten Islander, an urban planner who spearheaded the redevelopment of Coney Island.
State Sen. Diane Savino said yesterday she got to know Ms. Kelly over the past few years and called her "a wonderful addition to Staten Island," adding, "She has a fabulous relationship with City Hall and I'm very happy that she's coming over to this side of the bridge."
Published: Wednesday, October 06, 2010, 7:46 AM Updated: Wednesday, October 06, 2010, 7:47 AM
By Maura Yates , Staten Island Advance
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Derrick Hinton finished a year’s worth of school to become a certified medical assistant and has volunteered with cancer patients at a Brooklyn hospital.
Last year, some 15-18 percent of the 1,200 job-seekers received offers, said John Mastellone of the Labor Department. Yesterday’s event was a meet-and-greet, where applicants could drop off résumés and hope for a callback for a proper interview.