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All day rallies protest Staten Island hate crimes

So today, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and others are rallying morning, noon and night against the recent spate of alleged hate crimes to plague the borough.

Share The focal point of "Take Back Your Right" was the White Castle restaurant on Bay Street, Stapleton, where a gay couple was attacked on July 7 at 2:30 a.m. by a large group of black youths after one of the assailants uttered a homophobic slur, authorities said.

"Staten Island is a close-knit community and we’re not going to let a bunch of thugs get away with it," said state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore) during a-late morning rally in which a healing garden of lavender and purple chrysanthemums was planted in a corner of the parking lot.

August 10, 2010

Island politicians keeping up with voters on Facebook

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Facebook isn't just a way to keep up with your old buddies and long-lost relatives.

The popular social networking site has also become a powerful way for some Staten Island elected officials to stay on top of hot topics and reach out to borough residents.

Ms. Savino designed her Facebook page as an "information gateway," using news articles and editorials to spur discussions about local and national issues, including same-sex marriage and pay equity.

August 10, 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

Motorists flouting carpool rule on Staten Island Expressway

Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 7:01 AM  Maura Yates

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- More than half the cars using the Staten Island Expressway's New Jersey-bound Bus/HOV lane in the afternoon - 54 percent - are driven by solo drivers, violating the carpool lane's requirement that cars must have two or more occupants to take advantage of the faster ride.

State Sen. Diane Savino praised the state DOT's decision earlier this week to keep the bus lanes open to HOV2+ carpools, and to ultimately increase the designation to bus/HOV3+, which would allow only buses and cars with three or more occupants, once construction is completed on the highway sometime around 2013.

July 29, 2010

Staten Island state senators against 'nanny' laws to ban youngsters from tanning salons, 'sexting'

Published: Monday, July 19, 2010, 8:14 AM     Updated: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 8:17 AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- It's one thing for parents to try to enforce their kids' good behavior -- and quite another for state government to try to step in and do it for them.

"Some things are harmful to your health and some things you need your parents' permission for," said state Sen. Diane Savino, "but where do we cross the line between having a nanny state and passing laws to protect kids? Are we, as lawmakers, trying to substitute our judgment for the judgment of parents?"

July 22, 2010

State legislators point to accomplishments

Published: Saturday, July 10, 2010, 6:19 AM     Updated: Saturday, July 10, 2010, 6:20 AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Most of the news coming out of Albany in recent weeks has been about the Legislature's dysfunction and the late state budget. But legislation was passed and some interesting bills offered.

July 22, 2010

Governor forces NYPD to delete stop-and-frisk data

Published: Saturday, July 17, 2010, 12:24 AM     Updated: Saturday, July 17, 2010,

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Gov. David Paterson yesterday struck down a controversial NYPD stop-and-frisk database -- the very tool that police say helped them solve a savage crime in Port Richmond last spring.

The governor wielded his pen to eliminate the massive database of putative criminals, which included everyone whom police stopped on Staten Island and in the other boroughs, questioned, and sent on their way.

Paterson derided the former practice as "not a policy for a democracy."

State Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) hailed the new law.

July 22, 2010

NY lawmakers back rights for domestic workers

Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 1:46 p.m.

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York domestic workers will be the first in the U.S. guaranteed overtime pay, as well as time off and protections against sexual harassment, under a measure given final legislative approval Thursday.

An advocacy group, Domestic Workers United, estimates there are 200,000 domestic workers in New York City. The group said it found about one-third reported verbal or physical abuse by employers, and two-thirds said they never received overtime pay.

July 22, 2010

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

Gay victims of Stapleton hate crime denounce brutal beating as supporters call for vigilance

Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 6:44 AM    
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Two gay men from Stapleton put the community and their assailants on notice last night: They are not afraid, and justice will be served.
Luis Vieira, 47, and his partner, Richard Vieira, 39, addressed a meeting organized by the Staten Island LGBT Center, Tompkinsville, in response to the brutal beating to which they were subjected last week by a large group of African Americans at the White Castle restaurant on Bay Street.

July 15, 2010

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


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

Cigarette Tax Increase

WNYT NewsBy: Kumi Tucker

ALBANY -- New York State Senators passed another emergency extender.

They also voted, along party lines, to increase the tax on cigarettes.

"And that $1.60 a pack extra may not make as many people quit as we would like, but  will tell you what it will do.  It will prevent that next 12-year-old from buying cigarettes," said Senator Diane Savino (D - Brooklyn/Staten Island).

June 22, 2010

Savino: After the budget, I’ll quit (smoking)

Capitol Confidential

Monday, June 21, 2010 at 11:12 AM

by Jimmy Vielkind in Budget 2010, State Senate

Sen. Diane Savino, D-Staten Island and a regular smoker, says she will quit after this legislative session. The need is more acute, she said, in light of the proposed $1.60 per pack tax on cigarettes she (and other) lawmakers will vote on today.

June 22, 2010

Unlikely Alliance Opposes No-Fault Divorce

Religious advocates opposed to easy divorce, women's groups are opposed to changes

By CASEY SEILER, State editor

June 22, 2010

Coney Students Finally Get Own Gym

 By RICH CALDER Students at a public elementary school in Coney Island will no longer have to eat lunch and play ball in the same space.

The city broke ground today on a gymnasium to serve the 600 students at Michael E. Berdy Public School 188 on Neptune Avenue. Since the 85-year-old school has never had a gym, its cafeteria has been used for the dual purpose.

The $10.3 million, 7,000-square-foot gym will feature a full-length basketball court and male and female locker rooms and is expected to be done by October 2011.

June 18, 2010

The Brooklyn BlogConey students finally get own gym

7:15 PM, June 16, 2010 


Students at a public elementary school in Coney Island will no longer have to eat lunch and play ball in the same space.

The city broke ground today on a gymnasium to serve the 600 students at Michael E. Berdy Public School 188 on Neptune Avenue. Since the 85-year-old school has never had a gym, its cafeteria has been used for the dual purpose

June 17, 2010

Nanny Bill of Rights Causing Political Temper Tantrums

The final legislative step in ratifying the nation's first-ever bill of rights for nannies, maids, and other domestic workers is set to be taken by NY State Senate, provided it is still functioning.

June 15, 2010

Capitol Tonight: Women In Politics

Senator Diane J. Savino appears on Capitol tonight  to discuss the ever-increasing role of women discuss legislators on the ever-increasing role of women in politics, after this week's wave of primary victories for women across the country.

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June 10, 2010

SI Advance: At Parade, Gay Community Calls for Visibility

By: Judy Randall

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Under a canopy of rainbow-colored balloons, several hundred gay and lesbian Staten Islanders and their supporters kicked off the borough’s sixth annual LGBT Pride Parade and festival in St. George yesterday with a clear message: We are one of you.

“We are here to say we are your friends, your neighbors,” said spectator Brian Hagan of New Brighton. “We sit next to you on the bus, in church. We are part of the diversity of the city.”

June 10, 2010

NY Times: For Nannies, Hope for Workplace Protection

By: Russ Buettner

In a city of secret economies, few are as vital to the life of New York as the business of nannies, the legions of women who emancipate high-powered professionals and less glamorous working parents from the duties of daily child care.

Those nannies, as well as other domestic workers who make possible the lives of New York’s eternally striving work force, have long gone without basic workplace guarantees that most employees take for granted.

That appears likely to change soon.

June 10, 2010
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