Diane J. Savino's News items

Senator Savino Supports Rights of EZ Pass Workers to Organize

*******STATEMENT REGARDING EZ PASS CHALLENGE OF EMPLOYEE VOTE TO JOIN CWA**********

July 10, 2009
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Workers who staff E-ZPass center vote to join union But contractor, a firm based in D.C., is challenging results of election

Workers who staff E-ZPass center vote to join unionBut contractor, a firm based in D.C., is challenging results of electionFriday, July 10, 2009By MAURA YATESADVANCE STAFF WRITERSTATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Employees of Affiliated Computer Services, the company that provides service for New York's E-ZPass Customer Service Center in Travis, celebrated what they called a "victory" last night, after the majority of the workers voted to join the Communications Workers of America, Local 1102.

July 10, 2009
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Ferry riders can fill out report cards on service at lawmaker's mobile office

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Ferry riders with problems and concerns about the Staten Island Ferry need go no farther than the St. George Ferry Terminal to voice those complaints to state Sen. Diane Savino.

June 30, 2009
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State Senator Brings her Office to Staten Islanders

Staten Island's state Sen. Diane Savino brought her office to the people today by setting up shop at the St. George Ferry Terminal.

Complete with a "Ferry Service Report Card," ferry riders who stopped by the "mobile district office" were able to fill out a survey and voice their opinions about commuter service.

At a table set up in the middle of the terminal, riders got the chance to talk with constituent caseworkers and representatives about any issues and concerns they need help with.

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June 30, 2009
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Downtown Staten Island Council to kick off 5th annual Drive-In Movie event

Staten Island Advance

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gnyback May 20, 2009 The Downtown Staten Island Council is kicking off it's fifth annual Drive-In Movies event Thursday night.

Closing in on the fifth year of the Downtown Staten Island Council's Drive-In Movies, the non-profit organization will hold a kickoff for the event tomorrow night at Da Noi Restaurant at 138 Fingerboard Road in Fort Wadsworth.

May 20, 2009
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Island senator is behind push for medical marijuana, Savino's position tied to her experience with both parents' battles with terminal cancer

Island senator is behind push for medical marijuanaSavino's position tied to her experience with both parents' battles with terminal cancerSunday, May 17, 2009By JUDY L. RANDALLSTATEN ISLAND ADVANCESTATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- When state lawmakers vote on legalizing medical marijuana later this month, state Sen. Diane Savino expects to be front and center in favor.After all, Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) is a bill co-sponsor.

May 17, 2009
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Fighting for Equal Pay In Albany

Fighting for Equal Pay In Albanyby Brooklyn Eagle (edit@brooklyneagle.net), published online 05-07-2009

May 11, 2009
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Staten Island Expressway Mayhem: As Bradley Ave. jam gets worse, Savino set to push for earlier work completion

Monday, May 11, 2009 By MAURA YATESSTATEN ISLAND ADVANCE

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A ride along the Brooklyn-bound Staten Island Expressway between Bradley Avenue and Todt Hill Road has always seemed like driving through molasses, between the uphill crawl and the clog of cars coming and going on poorly placed exit and entrance ramps.

Now it feels like driving through molasses that's stuck to a washboard.

A long line of badly patched potholes forms a tire-width strip along the right and middle lanes, roughly between exits 11 and 12.

May 11, 2009
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Senator Savino Supports Fair Pay for Women

The Chief LeaderMay 8, 2009State Senator Diane Savino joined with state Commissioner of Labor M. Patricia Smith last week to advocate for the passage of the New York State Fair Pay Act, which would allow the Labor Department to review cases of pay disparity for women who work in state government.

May 8, 2009
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Mayor Bloomberg and Joel Klein Told to Relax on Mayor Control of Schools

ALBANY - Several state lawmakers warned Tuesday they intend to soften mayoral control over the schools - and urged Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein to get on board.

"If you come in here and continue to say to us that the system is perfect - leave it that way, you're going to be very unhappy," Sen. Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) told Klein at a Senate Education Committee hearing.

May 6, 2009
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Stronger Penalties Proposed For Work Zone Violators

Stronger Penalties Proposed For Work Zone Violators

Queens Gazette

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan last Wednesday joined with state Senator Diane Savino and Assemblymember Michael Cusick to announce efforts to strengthen state laws protecting crews in active work zones, marking the 10th annual National Work Zone Awareness Week.

April 29, 2009
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Domestic Workers Seeking Protections

The Day In Albany

Domestic workers seeking protectionsTuesday Apr 28 1:28 PM

By LAUREN N. JOHNSON, Gazette staff writer

Domestic workers, labor leaders, and employers from around the state are demanding passage of legislation that would provide labor protections for more than 200,000 domestic workers currently employed in private homes in New York City.

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April 28, 2009
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Staten Island's Senator Savino goes to bat for female workers

by Staten Island Advance

State Sen. Diane Savino today headlined two Albany rallies pegged to equal rights for female workers, saying "pocketbook issues" of financial equality benefit not only women but families, especially during tough economic times.

And in keeping with the theme of the day, Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) sponsored the visit of several Staten Island Girl Scout troops to the state capital, calling it a "serendipitous" confluence of events on a day that highlighted gender-equality legislation.

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April 28, 2009
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Sen. Marchi's Death Marks End of an Era for Staten Island

Staten Island Advance

Posted by rmccormi April 26, 2009

Former GOP state Sen. John Marchi, 87, the "Father of Secession" and one of the longest-serving lawmakers in United States history, died on Saturday while vacationing with his family in Lucca, Italy.

Sen. Marchi died of complications of pneumonia, according to his daughter Aline Balbas.

 

April 26, 2009
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Paterson Wants Cuts In State’s Current Budget

Published by:Erik Engquist of Crain's New York Business.com

Gov. David Paterson has come to the conclusion that the state will have to reduce its current $125 billion budget, but it is unclear when he will ask the Legislature to bite the bullet on what are sure to be painful and controversial spending reductions.

March 26, 2009
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State Senator Savino Secures Capital Funding For Shema Kolainu

State Senator Diane Savino, who represents parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn in the New York State Senate, recently secured and presented a check of $150,000 in capital funding that will be earmarked for the $6 million capital campaign of Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices.

Senator Savino expressed her commitment to the school, saying, "I visited Shema Kolainu, witnessed the dedication of its teachers and staff and was impressed with its innovative programs geared to providing a top level education to children with autism spectrum disorder."

March 13, 2009
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Savino Hosts Black History Month Celebration

New York— State Senator Diane J. Savino hosted today the 2nd Annual Black History Month Celebration, "Possibilities, Opportunities and Hope for our Community". The event, co-sponsored by the College of Staten Island, featured keynote speaker NYC Comptroller William C. Thompson, dancers, musical performances, spoken word, a jazz ensemble and step dancers. Curtis High School Principal, Aurelia Curtis, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies.

March 13, 2009
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Sen. Savino Gets Ethnic Leadership Post

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- State Sen. Diane Savino has been elected by her colleagues in the state Legislature to a one-year term as president of the New York Conference of Italian-American Legislators.

The bipartisan coalition is charged with fostering Italian-American culture and expanding business and educational opportunities for Italian-Americans.

Among the issues Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) hopes to pursue are the legalities of dual citizenship and land rights in Italy, as well as host events such as Italian film festivals and wine tastings.

February 6, 2009
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Transit Issues Drive Economic Breakfast

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The borough's economic outlook for 2009 constituted the menu, but the conversation at yesterday's breakfast meeting was dominated by Staten Island's transportation needs.

Agita was guaranteed by the traffic congestion and woefully inadequate roads and transit infrastructure that discourage new businesses here.

January 29, 2009
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Celebration Of Catholic Schools Begins

Mass at St. Margaret Mary's inaugurates weeklong tribute

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Willie Concepcion transferred from public school to Catholic school two years ago, and the seventh-grader said that has made all the difference.

"There's a smaller amount of kids in the room and you get more attention from the teachers," said the student in St. Margaret Mary's School in Midland Beach. "It's like a whole family environment."

January 26, 2009
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