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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
Every day, 200,000 domestic workers in New York make it possible for their employers to go to work. Yet, many of these mostly immigrant women of color are employed without a living wage, health care and basic labor protections.
"As far as I am concerned, these folks are the economic backbone of New York," said Assemblyman Keith Wright (D-Harlem). "[Yet] they are an invisible segment of society."