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Legislation Extends Task Force for an Additional Five Years

 (Queens, N.Y.) With the ninth anniversary of the WTC terrorist attacks to be commemorated later this week, Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a member of the Senate’s Committee on Civil Service and Pensions, reports that Governor David Paterson has signed a bill out of that committee sponsored by Senator Diane J. Savino (S7456), improving the September 11th Workers’ Protection Task Force, allowing the Task Force to continue to provide vital assistance to the thousands of heroes of the September 11 tragedy. Included in the legislation are measures to extend the task force for another five years, from 6/10/2010 to 6/10/2015 and to expand the composition of the Task Force to 20 members, including the medical director of the Mount Sinai Irving J.

September 10, 2010
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Household help

Published: Saturday, September 04, 2010, 7:57 AM  Staten Island Advance Editorial They have been excluded for decades from protection under virtually all of America’s labor laws. Now the rights of household workers are being guaranteed in our state, the first in the nation to establish basic rules for their employment.

 In a historic step, Gov. Paterson has signed into law job benefits for domestic employees, including nannies, housekeepers and companions to the sick and elderly.

Ms. Savino is optimistic, of course.

“With the signing of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights,” she says, “we will dramatically improve the lives of those who care for our children, our seniors and our homes, those who make all other work possible.”

September 7, 2010
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New York To Implement Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Governor David A. Paterson today signed into law a landmark bill to grant workplace protections to domestic workers, the first such law to be enacted in the nation.

Domestic workers had been excluded from many of the rights granted to other employees by legislation enacted in the past.

Among other provisions, this bill provides for:

August 31, 2010
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August 31, 2010
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The New Class War Is The Same As The Old Class War

By Sen. Diane Savino  There is a class war brewing between the haves and the havenots. According to a recent column in the New York Times, the "haves" are public-sector employees who enjoy "cadillac pensions" and the "have-nots" are those in the private sector who don’t.  

In recent months, right-wing think tanks and elected officials have been beating the drum that the decent wages and benefits that public employees enjoy are the cause of our economic woes.

News sources frequently cite accounts of those scamming the system by earning two pensions or skirting overtime rules. The perception is that most public employees retire with $100,000 pensions, Page when 1 the truth is the average pension is $33,000 a year.

August 31, 2010
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Paterson Signs Landmark Bill of Rights For Domestic Workers

Paterson Signs Landmark Bill of Rights For Domestic Workers

Domestic workers in New York are now guaranteed more rights than anywhere in the nation.

Governor David Paterson signed the Domestic Workers' Rights bill into law this morning.

Domestic workers watch in an overflow room as Paterson signs the workers' rights bill. "Nowhere have domestic workers been able to gain any level of decency, dignity, respect and recognition by the law. That changes today," said State Senator Diane Savino.

New York is the first state in the U.S. to enact such sweeping protection for domestic workers.

The legislation takes effect in 90 days.

August 31, 2010
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Domestic workers get labor protections under new law

August31Gov. David Paterson signed into law today a bill that provides a number of rights to domestic workers, such as nannies, housekeepers and elderly caregivers. It provides a number of legal protections that most other workers in the United States have and is the first such legislation in the country, according to Domestic Workers United.

August 31, 2010
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Governor Paterson Signs Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Bill of Rightsby New York State Office of the Governor

ALBANY, NY (08/31/2010)(readMedia)-- Governor David A. Paterson today signed into law a landmark bill to grant workplace protections to domestic workers, the first such law to be enacted in the nation. Domestic workers had been excluded from many of the rights granted to other employees by legislation enacted in the past.

August 31, 2010
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“Promotion of the Italian language in the US; ITALIAN REGENTS RALLY AND HERITAGE CELEBRATION”

State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), State Senator Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) and representatives from the Westchester Italian Cultural Center and the Sons of Italy announced the restoration of the NYS Italian Regents high school exam at a rally on Thursday. Last week the NYS Senate saved the exam from extinction when it passed the final piece of this year’s budget. Attendees rallied in support of this important achievement and to celebrate Italian culture.

August 17, 2010
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Staten Island pols sound off against Ground Zero mosque

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island elected officials yesterday condemned the Cordoba House mosque project planned for Manhattan's Ground Zero neighborhood, and slammed President Barack Obama's comments about the project.

State Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) said that another location should be chosen for the mosque, but stopped short of saying that government should stop the project if it can.

"You have to tread very lightly on that," she said. "What makes us uniquely American is our commitment to religious freedom. You don't want to set the precedent on where houses of worship can be built. It's a slippery slope."

But if improved relations are the goal, Ms. Savino added, the mosque should be moved.

August 17, 2010
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Senator Diane J. Savino Sponsors Free Back to School Giveaway

(Staten Island, NY) In order to prepare parents and students for the start of a new academic year, Senator Diane J. Savino will sponsor a “Back to School Blast”, where parents and students will receive free school supplies, free health screenings, giveaways, safety tips and college-related information. Kids will also be treated to healthy snacks, games and other activities. Representatives from city and state local agencies, including the NYC Public Library System, the FDNY, Project Hospitality, Boy Scouts of America, Richmond University Medical Center and Staten Island University Health Center will also be present. The event is co-sponsored Richmond County Savings Foundation, One Way Youth of First Central Baptist Church and the Downtown Staten Island Council.

August 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Savino and Klein Announce Restoration of NYS Italian Regents High School Exam

Protects Study of Italian Language in Schools

TUCKAHOE, NY – State Senator Diane Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn), State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), and representatives from the Westchester Italian Cultural Center and the Sons of Italy announced the restoration of the NYS Italian Regents high school exam at a rally on Thursday. Last week the NYS Senate saved the exam from extinction when it passed the final piece of this year’s budget. Attendees rallied in support of this important achievement and to celebrate Italian culture.

August 12, 2010
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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.

August 11, 2010
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Anthony Barnes' Hurricanes squad has become farm team for Staten Island high schools

It was the summer of 2003, and Samuel Barnes' music career was reaching new heights.

But the move left Barnes in a crossroads of another kind. It was supposed to be the second season for his Staten Island Hurricanes youth football program, which he'd just started the year before.

August 10, 2010
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Rallies held in Staten Island against bias crimes

PORT RICHMOND (WABC) -- A day full of rallies was held to combat hate crimes in Staten Island.

It's been a long day of promoting diversity in Staten Island for the members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The group held anti-hate rallies at 2 a.m. and noon, culminating with a third at Borough Hall Saturday evening.

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August 10, 2010
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All day rallies protest Staten Island hate crimes

So today, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and others are rallying morning, noon and night against the recent spate of alleged hate crimes to plague the borough.

Share The focal point of "Take Back Your Right" was the White Castle restaurant on Bay Street, Stapleton, where a gay couple was attacked on July 7 at 2:30 a.m. by a large group of black youths after one of the assailants uttered a homophobic slur, authorities said.

"Staten Island is a close-knit community and we’re not going to let a bunch of thugs get away with it," said state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore) during a-late morning rally in which a healing garden of lavender and purple chrysanthemums was planted in a corner of the parking lot.

August 10, 2010
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Garibaldi-Meucci Museum to hold 22nd Fundraiser Brunch on Sunday, August 29

On Sunday, August 29, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum will hold its 22nd Annual Fundraiser Brunch at The George Washington Manor in Roslyn, New York.

August 10, 2010
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Island politicians keeping up with voters on Facebook

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Facebook isn't just a way to keep up with your old buddies and long-lost relatives.

The popular social networking site has also become a powerful way for some Staten Island elected officials to stay on top of hot topics and reach out to borough residents.

Ms. Savino designed her Facebook page as an "information gateway," using news articles and editorials to spur discussions about local and national issues, including same-sex marriage and pay equity.

August 10, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: "Back to School Blast"-Free School Supply Giveaway

(Brooklyn, NY) In order to prepare parents and students for the start of a new academic year Senator Diane J. Savino will sponsor a “Back to School Blast”, where parents and students will receive free school supplies, giveaways, safety tips and college-related information. Kids will be treated to a visit by the Brooklyn Cyclone’s mascot, Sandy the Seagull and representatives from city and state local agencies, including the NYC Public Library System, NYC Dept. of Youth and Community Development and the NYPD will also be on hand.

August 11, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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SAVINO ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF MORATORIUM ON GAS DRILLING; PROTECTS NEW YORK’S WATER

Senate Bill Mandates Moratorium to allow for Comprehensive Study of Drilling in Marcellus Shale(Albany, NY) Putting public safety over special interests, Senator Diane J.

August 4, 2010
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