While New York City’s rail plans for Staten Island include just a modest proposal to reactivate the North Shore rail line and Mayor Bloomberg wants to spend the federal government’s $3 billion left over from the ARC Tunnel on a 7 line extension to Secaucus, one Staten Island politician would prefer to see the city deliver on a long-promised subway line to the island. State Senator Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) said this weekend that instead of pursuing a subway extension to New Jersey that “flies in the face of practicality and fairness,” the city should connect Staten Island to the rest of New York’s extensive subway system.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Islanders participated in a variety of events yesterday to celebrate the season of giving, and share with those who are facing hard times this Thanksgiving.
Sen. Diane Savino joined with the Staten Island chapter of the New York Urban League, along with Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union, Local 338, and other organizations to distribute bags filled with 14-pound turkeys and all the fixings to more than 200 needy families.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island should get first crack at $3 billion in federal transportation funding that Mayor Bloomberg would like to see used to extend the No. 7 subway line to New Jersey, state Sen. Diane Savino said."If the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) wants to truly move people out of their cars and onto rail, extending a subway to the Island is the way to do it," said Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn). "The MTA should complete a 1912 plan that would have rail and freight access from the terminus of Victory Boulevard to Brooklyn, along 67th Street, and then utilize the R train route along Fourth Avenue. The projected cost of the plan is $3 billion, the same as the extension of the 7 line under the Hudson River."
By: NY1 NewsA Staten Island woman who was once homeless got a big surprise Thursday when she learned there was money just sitting in a bank waiting for her.Penny Martin was living in a homeless shelter when she learned that a man she had dated when she was a teenager left her $10,000."I remember this man saying to me that, 'If anything happens to me I just want you to know that you are going to be my beneficiary.' And I was young I didn't have the slightest clue what this person was talking about, but when you get older and you start working and paying bills money stays on your mind," Martin said.State Senator Diane Savino's office helped her reclaim the money.
The Associated Press • October 22, 2010NEW YORK — Penny Martin won't have to be pinching pennies any more.The Staten Island woman recently discovered that she was the beneficiary of a $10,000 life insurance policy held by a former boyfriend who died in 1985.On Thursday, Martin was presented with a check from the state's unclaimed funds at a news conference attended by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and state Sen. Diane Savino.The state has $10.5 billion in unclaimed funds dating to the 1940s. It includes unclaimed insurance policies, lapsed bank accounts and other property.To Read More: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20101022/NATIONWORLD/101022008/NY...
Anti-Domestic Abuse Group Is Affiliated With MaimonidesBy Harold Egeln Brooklyn Daily EagleBAY RIDGE — Brooklyn artists and photographers collaborated with Gallery 364 to create a new empowering venture for the borough’s Women Against Violence organization: a 2010-2011 calendar featuring 15 artworks.“The art and photographs are all winning artworks featured from the ‘Empowerment’ art exhibit and competition back in June that we had for the organization,” said photographer Georgine Benvenuto, founder of Gallery 364. The gallery and art studio occupy the entire first floor of her historic circa-1910 limestone house.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI) is holding its fourth annual Celebrity Chefs competition Monday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. at LiGreci's Staaten, West Brighton. Tickets may be purchased in advance or on the night of the event for $65 each; call Ronnie DiGiacomo at 718-808-1403. Honorary co-chairs are Jane Milza of Grasmere, former Food Editor of the Staten Island Advance and Alfred Cerullo, president/CEO of Grand Central Partnership, Manhattan.
State senators Diane Savino and Andrew Lanza will be vying against each other. Similarly, there will be a friendly competition going between two prominent Soroptimists, Joan Galestro and Fran Reali.
Published: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 12:38 AM Updated: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 7:09 AM
By Michael J. Fressola Staten Island Advance
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The incoming new boss of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden is a 37-year-old former Staten Islander, an urban planner who spearheaded the redevelopment of Coney Island.
State Sen. Diane Savino said yesterday she got to know Ms. Kelly over the past few years and called her "a wonderful addition to Staten Island," adding, "She has a fabulous relationship with City Hall and I'm very happy that she's coming over to this side of the bridge."
Published: Wednesday, October 06, 2010, 7:46 AM Updated: Wednesday, October 06, 2010, 7:47 AM
By Maura Yates , Staten Island Advance
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Derrick Hinton finished a year’s worth of school to become a certified medical assistant and has volunteered with cancer patients at a Brooklyn hospital.
Last year, some 15-18 percent of the 1,200 job-seekers received offers, said John Mastellone of the Labor Department. Yesterday’s event was a meet-and-greet, where applicants could drop off résumés and hope for a callback for a proper interview.
Special Tees to Mark 15 Years with Open House Thursday
Published: Monday, October 04, 2010, 5:11 AM Updated: Monday, October 04, 2010, 5:12 AM
Staten Island Advance
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Special Tees will mark its 15th anniversary with an open house Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the headquarters of its parent organization, Community Resources, at 3450 Victory Blvd., Travis.
Event sponsors include: Richmond County Savings Foundation, Northfield Bank Foundation, Bloomberg Family Foundation, state Sens. Diane Savino and Andrew Lanza, state Assemblymembers Matthew Titone and Janele Hyer-Spencer, and Councilmen James Oddo and Vincent Ignizio.
Published: Friday, October 01, 2010, 11:52 AM Updated: Friday, October 01, 2010, 11:57 AM
Jim Smith, Staten Island Advance
For the first time our LGBT Community has been invited to participate in a parade other than our own Gay Pride Parade in June. The Staten Island Columbus Day parade will be Sunday on New Dorp Lane. Staten Island Pride Events (SIPE) will proudly carry their banner on the South Shore.
If you would like to march with the group, meet them at noon in front of New Dorp High School, just below Hylan Blvd. State Sen. Diane Savino will join us in solidarity of our LGBT community. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Bloomberg is imploring Gov. Paterson to douse an FDNY training bill that he says would burn taxpayers for nearly $30 million.
The Legislature-approved proposal, now sitting on Paterson's desk, would force the city to give all FDNY officers 80 additional hours of rigorous training in new building codes that were instituted in the wake of the tragic 2007 blaze at the former Deutsche Bank building.
"In order to prevent a tragedy from happening again, we've got to train the fire officers," said state Sen. Diane Savino (D-S.I.), the bill's sponsor.
by Audrey Arthur, staff writerSeptember 21, 2010 5:32 PM Domestic workers in California may be next in the long line of employees waiting to be included in protective labor laws. The California Senate passed the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights on Aug. 23. and it will soon be reviewed by the California State Assembly and the next governor.
The upcoming bill, which is scheduled to appear before the next legislator in 2011, will include such rights as equal overtime pay, equal right to worker's compensation and the right to five hours uninterrupted sleep in adequate conditions.