Diane J. Savino's News items

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

Savino Appoints Government Veteran To Her Senate Staff

State Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) has hired a government veteran with ties to President Barack Obama to help her as the Democrats complete the transition to majority-party status in the Senate.

Brooklyn resident Michael Gaspard, older brother of White House political director Patrick Gaspard, will serve on Ms. Savino's staff on a temporary basis until the Senate transition is complete.

January 26, 2009

Public Pensions Are Weighing On Taxpayers

Taxpayer support of state and local public employee retirement programs has increased more in New York than any other state except Arizona, recently released U.S.

January 25, 2009

Staten Island Pol To Stapleton Parents: Send Displaced Kids Here

Advance file photosChildren displaced when the Stapleton Community Center closes beginning Jan. 5 have a friend in state Sen. Diane Savino, inset

State Sen. Diane Savino today said kids from Staten Island's Stapleton community about to be displaced from their after-school program can hang out in her office until they have a place to go.

December 15, 2008

Staten Island's Incumbents In State Senate Cruise To Victory

Staten Island AdvanceThe night's largest margin of victory was enjoyed by State Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), who scored 78 percent of the vote.

Democrats may have seized the state Senate last night, ending four decades of Republican rule, but when it came to the local races, it was a mixed bag that went to the incumbents.

Senators Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) and Diane Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) held onto their seats with landslide victories in their respective races.

November 5, 2008

Incumbents Reclaim State Senate Seats

Both parties celebrate as Savino and Lanza coast to easy victoriesBy PETER N. SPENCERSTATEN ISLAND ADVANCE

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- On a night when Democrats ended four decades of Republican rule by seizing control of the state Senate, voters were split on the race for Staten Island seats.

Incumbent senators Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) and Diane Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) earned landslide victories in their respective races.

November 5, 2008

Governor Set To Whack Spending

by Staten Island Advance


Spending cuts, not new taxes.

That's Democratic Gov. David Paterson's prescription for closing New York's record $12.5 billion state budget gap.

"Spending cuts are the only ones we can achieve right now," Paterson told the Advance at the St. George Ferry Terminal, where he campaigned with Democratic congressional candidate Michael McMahon yesterday.

October 30, 2008

Foreclosure Clinic Scheduled For Saturday At College Of Staten Island

by Staten Island Advance  

First there was "Operation Protect Your Home," a forum earlier this year designed to match 2,000 struggling Island homeowners with their lenders at the College of Staten Island.

Now comes "Save Our Homes Initiative," a mortgage counseling and foreclosure prevention clinic to be offered at the college Saturday by the city comptroller. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Building 5N at CSI.

October 21, 2008

Stuck In The 19th Century

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- ving traffic congestion on Staten Island's roads is like trying to install an elevator in a skyscraper built only with stairs. The problem is that a firm infrastructure has long been in place -- most major local Island roads were in place by the 1800s -- and efforts to modernize them can move slower than a stagecoach led by a horse on its last legs.

October 19, 2008

Csi Gets Donation From Sen. Savino


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- College of Staten Island baseball coach Mike Mauro has been on the job a little more than a month and he's already hit a home run.

State Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) presented a check of $500 to the Dolphins, who were represented by head coach Mauro, assistant coach Neil Barbella and members of the NCAA Division III baseball team.

CSI plans to use the funding toward winter indoor equipment, including the purchase of an pitcher's mound, nets and baseball tees.

October 15, 2008

Legislator Raises Specter Of 1970s Financial Crisis

Dem state Sen. Savino appears before Advance Editorial Board with GOP challenger Thomas

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Those who remember the financial meltdown of the mid-1970s, when New York City almost went bankrupt, had better get ready for some déj vu, state Sen. Diane Savino told the Advance Editorial Board yesterday.

The current economic downturn "is worse than the 1975 fiscal crisis," said Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), who appeared before the board with GOP challenger Richard Thomas.

October 10, 2008

Showdown Brews Over Facility For Mentally Ill

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers (SVCMC) in Manhattan is in for an almost-certain legal battle over its controversial plan to convert a former convent in St. George to apartments for the mentally ill.

Some local leaders are vowing to fight SVCMC to the finish unless, as Assemblyman Matthew Titone (D-North Shore) put it last week, the plan is either dropped or "hard-core, legally enforceable guidelines" are put into place to ensure that the state won't refer ex-convicts from Sing Sing or drug addicts to a place where 50 nuns once resided.

September 21, 2008

Staten Island's 'downtown' To Get $30g In State Money


A $30,000 infusion of state money geared to enhancing Staten Island's "downtown," on the borough's North Shore, will be announced tonight by state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn).

The funding, for community enhancement initiatives, will go to:

September 17, 2008

Dongan Hills Company Loses Transportation Contract

After 17 years of serving Staten Island's disabled community a local company is losing its transportation contract with the city. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following story.

Richard Salomone's office is covered with awards from local organizations honoring him for his work with the disabled community. He has been running RJR Paratransit for the last 17 years. The Dongan Hills Company is the main provider for Access-A-Ride services on Staten Island aiding more than 25,000 residents a month.

September 7, 2008

2 Island Legislators Attend Signing Of Foreclosure Bill


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Two Staten Island lawmakers who've taken the lead in addressing the subprime lending mess were on hand for the signing of a bill aimed at helping homeowners in foreclosure.

August 6, 2008

The Cupboard Is Bare, Says Gov. Paterson

He will recall Legislature to address state deficit that has ballooned to $6.4 billionBy PHIL HELSELSTATEN ISLAND ADVANCE

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A tough-talking Gov. David Paterson called lawmakers back to Albany yesterday to deal with a budget deficit that has grown by $1 billion -- to $6.4 billion -- since April.

July 30, 2008

Youth Program Gets Backing From State Senator


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Raymond Boye was a 17-year-old high school student with a 60 grade point average. He was not involved in extracurricular activities and was not active in his Park Hill community. But last September, all of that changed.

July 3, 2008

Senator Savino Praises Major End-of-session Victories; Says “there Is More To Do”

Brownfields clean-up, foreclosure prevention, and job growth legislation passed

June 24, 2008
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