Diane J. Savino's News items

LGBT Activists Honor S.I. Politicians For Gay Marriage Support

 

 


NY1 VIDEO:

The Staten Island LGBT Center and Staten Island Stonewall honored local elected officials who voted in favor of same-sex marriage last November at a Midland Beach ceremony on Friday.


 

For video click here: http://www.ny1.com/9-staten-island-news-content/115569/lgbt-activists-honor-s-i--politicians-for-gay-marriage-support

March 25, 2010
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State Senator Assails Prospect of Penny-Per-Ounce Tax on Soda

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.

March 15, 2010
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Albany's New Wage Theft Bill Could Halt the Hidden Crime Wave

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.

March 15, 2010
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Payback time: State Must Nail Sleazy Bosses Who Steal Their Workers' Wages

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...

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March 15, 2010
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Wage Theft Bill Introduced in SoHo to Help Workers Collect Lost Pay

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.

March 15, 2010
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A Move to Protect Low-Wage Workers

By STEVEN GREENHOUSENew York Times City Blog

March 15, 2010
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March 11, 2010
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Labor Dispute Silences Spanish at E-ZPass Center

Gotham Gazetteby Spencer Woodman

March 9, 2010
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MTA divided - but not conquered

By Maura Yates
March 04, 2010, 12:16AM

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.

March 4, 2010
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Island to MTA: No more cuts!

By Maura Yates
March 03, 2010, 1:53AM

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.

March 3, 2010
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The limits of a ‘sin tax’

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.

February 19, 2010
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Monserrate Sues To Overturn Expulsion From State Senate

Charges Racism, Says Only Voters Have the Power To Ban Him From OfficeTHE CHIEFBy RICHARD STEIER

February 16, 2010
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At ferry, Island officials rally ahead of census

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.

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February 5, 2010
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District Attorney pushes for tougher laws against domestic violence

By Judy L. Randall
February 04, 2010, 5:05PM

February 5, 2010
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Bill makes carrying gun illegal while drunk

By JUDY L. RANDALL
ADVANCE STAFF WRITER

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A bill that would make it illegal in New York to carry a gun while drunk has been introduced in the state Senate.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg called for such a state law during his re-election campaign last year.

February 5, 2010
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Pols Take Aim at Overtime 'Abuse' in State's Prisons

BY Michael J. FeeneyDAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Monday, February 1st 2010, 4:00 AM

The state Correctional Services Department could save cash-strapped New York more than $15 million by cutting overtime and reducing other "rampant mismanagement," two state lawmakers charged.

State Sens. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) and Diane Savino (D-S.I.) cited overtime as the agency's biggest money pit in a report analyzing costs at prisons.

Ten employees split close to $900,000 in OT, the report said.

February 1, 2010
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Records Say Eight Superintendents Living at Luxe, State-Owned Mansions for Low Cost

BY Kenneth LovettDAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF

Sunday, January 31st 2010, 4:00 AM

ALBANY - Prison inmates aren't the only ones getting taxpayer-funded housing.

At least eight prison superintendents are living in the lap of luxury at low cost in state-owned mansions located on or near the prison premises, according to state records.

At least one has a lake view.

The best part for the superintendents, who top out at nearly $145,000 a year, is they pay a pittance for the posh accommodations.

February 1, 2010
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Four Island Pols Keep an Eye on Brooklyn

Staten Island Advance4 Island pols keep an eye on B'klyn By Judy L. Randall

It's a daily juggling act that can prove daunting -- especially on days when your presence is expected at two must-go-to parades held at the exact same time miles away and a bridge apart.

That bridge would be the Verrazano-Narrows, which adds to the logistical challenges facing the four Staten Island elected officials whose bi-borough districts include portions of Brooklyn.

January 31, 2010
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Defending the ‘Guido’ Beyond ‘Jersey Shore’

by Lisa Fogarty, Editor01/28/2010

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.

January 29, 2010
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