Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.
Joining Assemblyman Matthew Titone and Council Members
Domenic Recchia, James Oddo and Debi Rose at the announcement of $1.5 million
in funds for the completion of the new Eden II school at 15 Beach Street which
will contribute to the renaissance of Stapleton as a thriving business and
entertainment hub. In addition, the funds added tot he half a million I
was able to allocate will provide people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities with a state of the art facility so they can grow and
Please take a moment to read my Staten Island Railway Rider Report; just as in my past reports, I go right to the commuter, and the commuters have spoken, it is my hope is they will once again be heard. Most Staten Island Railway riders noted the lack of newsstands and metro card machines, litter, closed waiting rooms, darkness and lack of security cameras or personnel at their stations, while bemoaning the deteriorating connections to their buses and ferry connections. The report will be distributed to commuters, elected officials, transportation advocates, and Administration officials.
Today, the Independent Democratic Conference released its 2013 Working Women's Agenda, a five point plan to build a stronger future for New York’s working women and their families. As part of the IDC’s agenda, the conference also released a comprehensive report entitled Building a Stronger Future for New York’s Working Women that details the impact each proposal will have on New York’s workforce.
In 1966, Nicholas L. Mazzola valiantly enlisted in the Marines. After completing his training, he was deployed to Vietnam, where he was put into the 3rd battalion 7th Marines 1st Marine division. While protecting our nation in the face of great danger, he was struck with a mortar round and gave his leg for his country.
Among his awards and citations are the Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal and Combat Action.
After his injury in 1967, Nick began visiting hospitals and spending time with other amputees. His good humor and fun character always put a smile on their faces, and he continues to make monthly visits to this day, with other members of his Amvets post to Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland.
Karen Torrone, a native Staten Islander, was introduced to community service as an adult when she joined the local organization, World of Women, in 1999 and was elected vice president in 2000.
As the current director of 5 Boro Power Yoga and a Certified Yoga Life Coach, the seeds of community service were planted during her time with the World of Women. By the time she opened 5 Boro Power Yoga in May 2011, there was no question about giving back to the community. The very first class at the yoga center was donation-based, with the proceeds going to a local family who lost their home in a fire. From then on, donation-based yoga classes began, raising money for the World of Women Domestic Violence Program, local and worldwide organizations and people in need.
Patient advocates – including patients who use marijuana for medical purposes – and health care professionals rallied on the steps of City Hall today to support legislation allowing medical use of marijuana in New York. Patients suffering from severe debilitating or life-threatening conditions could be treated with medical marijuana under legislation introduced by Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried and Senator Diane J. Savino. New York’s bill A. 6357/S.4406 is co-sponsored by 68 other legislators. The bill was recently reported from the Assembly Health Committee by 21-4, including 3 of the Committee’s 7 Republicans voting in favor.
Senator Diane Savino (D- 23rd District) announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $1,500 scholarships to be awarded June 10th at their Annual Legislative Conference Day. Scholarship winners must be present to receive their awards.
“Given the high costs of college, every opportunity must be made by local students and their working families to meet their required expenses with scholarships as well as with student loans, available financial aid, and personal contributions,” said Senator Savino. “I highly recommend that our area’s students apply to the Conference for these prestigious scholarships so that they may hopefully secure as much extra help with their expenses as possible.”
Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 23rdSenatorial District.
Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.
I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:
The lesson here is never to give up on a good idea. The station is old and it only serves the first five cars, but, it beats having nothing until the new South Ferry Station reopens. Thanks to MTA interim President Thomas Pendergast and the Governor for hearing my call to help tens of thousands of Island commuters.