By Judy L. RandallMarch 13, 2010, 12:04AMSTATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The proposed state tax on soda is nothing but a sweet cheat, a member of Staten Island’s Albany delegation railed yesterday."It’s up to parents to determine what their kids put in their mouths," said state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), contending the penny-per-ounce levy would hurt working families.She also said there was no guarantee the revenue would be dedicated to efforts to curb childhood obesity."What are they calling it today?" Ms.
Huffington PostBy: Amy TraubNearly a billion dollars were stolen in New York City last year, and the thieves aren't even worried about getting caught. If this were an epidemic of street crime, the city and state would have acted long ago.Instead, the crooks in question are corrupt bosses who steal their employees' earnings by paying less than minimum wage, making them work off the clock, pilfering tips, misclassifying employees as independent contractors, and a host of other schemes. As a result, the theft is harder to detect. But Albany is finally on the case.
Daily News EditorialSaturday, March 13th 2010, 4:00 AMAdvocates for immigrants and the poor want thestate to crack down on a type of robbery rampant inNew York: wage theft.We stand with them because too many companieshave gotten away with stiffing employees of thefruits of their hard-earned labor.The National Employment Law Project estimatesmore than 317,000 New Yorkers are cheated out ofpay, to the tune of $18.4 million a week...
By Nicole BreskinDNAinfo Reporter/ProducerSOHO — Retail workers, activists and politicians turned out to announce the introduction of a new bill that could protect local workers from losing millions of dollars in unpaid wages.State Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblyman Carl Heastie announced the Wage Theft Prevention Act in SoHo on Friday, which will stiffen penalties and heighten enforcement for companies that illegally withhold or steal wages from their employees. The bill was introduced in the Senate earlier this week.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. --- The MTA's decision to host multiple public hearings across the city as transit riders brace for service cuts meant the MTA's leadership and board members were divided, and only a handful could attend either forum.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- There were some who believed that last night's MTA public hearing was a done deal. There was no reason to show up; the cuts to the borough's transit system were carved in stone, the cynics said.But Staten Islanders would have none of that.
By Staten Island Advance Editorial
February 19, 2010, 7:31AM
This page doesn’t always find itself in agreement with state Sen. Diane Savino, but she does have an admirable reputation for calling it as she sees it, and she usually sees it with a level-headed logic that eludes many of her fellow politicians.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Big Count begins on March 19, and millions of dollars are at stake. That’s when homes on Staten Island and across the nation will begin receiving U.S. Census forms in the mail. “If you are human, if you are breathing, if you are living anywhere on Staten Island, we want to count you,” said Reva J. Sears, partnership coordinator for Census 2010. Ms. Sears was joined by borough elected officials at the St. George Ferry Terminal today to raise awareness about the once-a-decade count of Americans.
Before she was a state senator who fought to increase the minimum wage, stood up for the gay and lesbian community and delivered what was arguably the most poignant and compassionate appeal in favor of gay marriage and committment to ever make it to the senate floor, Diane Savino was a “guidette” — voluminous raven hair and all.