Diane J. Savino's posts related to New York City

DCAS Wants ‘Transit’ to Do Own Civil Service Hiring

Claims City Provisionals Down 12%By ARI PAUL

TRYING TO SAVE THE MARRIAGE: State Senate Committee on Civil Service and Pensions Chair Diane Savino was skeptical of a DCAS plan to ‘divorce’ New York City Transit and the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority from the city’s central hiring agency. In particular, she cited the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s often-contentious relationship with Transport Workers Union Local 100.

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State Sen. Diane Savino says governor should rethink threat to veto ethics bill

By Judy L. Randall January 22, 2010, 7:41AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- State Sen. Diane Savino said yesterday the governor should "think twice" before he makes a "tremendous mistake" by vetoing the ethics reform bill that Albany lawmakers of both houses passed handily earlier this week.

"He can threaten, but it passed with overwhelming support," said Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) of the veto-proof bill. "Instead of setting up another showdown with the Legislature, he should be working with us."

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PROTECTING NEW YORK’S DRINKING WATER

Senator Savino Joins Democratic Colleagues, Actor Mark Ruffalo, Residents & Advocates to Urge Moratorium on Gas Drilling Which Could Pollute NYC’s Drinking Water (New York, NY) Gas drilling in New York could contaminate the drinking water of more than 12 million NYC-area residents. Putting public safety over the interests of gas companies, the Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation mandating a temporary moratorium on gas drilling (“hydro-fracking”) to ensure adequate time to research safety measures and regulations.  The Senate, on August 3, 2010, overwhelmingly passed S8129B/Thompson by a vote of 48-9.

STATEMENT FROM SENATOR DIANE J. SAVINO ON THE NYC OTB REORGANIZATION LEGISLATION

“I am deeply disappointed in today’s refusal, on the part of certain members of the State Senate, to put decency and common sense before playing politics.  “In saying ‘no’ to saving the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, they said no to the more than 1,000 workers who are now left jobless, smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. They said no to millions of dollars worth of revenue that the entire state benefits from.  They said no to the thousands of other jobs and industries—throughout the state—that are created and fueled by the New York City OTB.   “Instead they voted yes to partisanship and political grandstanding, and the unfortunate victims are taxpayers and the hundreds of workers who are now unemployed.” 

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