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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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*Alert* Health Department Will Spray Pesticide to Reduce Adult Mosquito Populations

Spraying scheduled for parts of Staten Island on Tuesday, August 3, and parts ofBrooklyn on Thursday, August 5, to help prevent West Nile Virus To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will spray pesticide from trucks in the following parts of Staten Island on Tuesday, August 3, between 8:15 P.M. and 6:00 A.M the following morning, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, spraying will be delayed until the night of Wednesday, August 4, during the same hours. 

File: 
WNV Spray Public Notice - Staten Island (8-3-10).pdf

July 30, 2010
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Savino hosting career fair in St. George on Tuesday

Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 3:40 PM     Updated: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 3:55 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- State Sen. Diane J. Savino will host a career fair on Tuesday from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. at Brighton Heights Reformed Church, at 320 St. Marks Place in St. George.

Over 70 employers will be in attendance from a variety of different fields including: Civil service, retail, sales, banking, customer service, warehouse and factory, food service and health care

Individuals with all levels of experience and education are welcome and should bring multiple copies of their resumes.

July 29, 2010
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Motorists flouting carpool rule on Staten Island Expressway

Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 7:01 AM  Maura Yates

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- More than half the cars using the Staten Island Expressway's New Jersey-bound Bus/HOV lane in the afternoon - 54 percent - are driven by solo drivers, violating the carpool lane's requirement that cars must have two or more occupants to take advantage of the faster ride.

State Sen. Diane Savino praised the state DOT's decision earlier this week to keep the bus lanes open to HOV2+ carpools, and to ultimately increase the designation to bus/HOV3+, which would allow only buses and cars with three or more occupants, once construction is completed on the highway sometime around 2013.

July 29, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: Senator Diane J. Savino's Career Fair 2010

In an effort to assist those in their search for employment opportunities, my office is hosting a Career Fair this Tuesday, August 3, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Brighton Heights Reformed Church, located at 320 St Marks Place in Staten Island, NY.

Over 70 employers will be in attendance, looking to fill positions in a variety of fields including Civil Service, Banking, Customer Service, Warehouse and Factory, Retail and Sales, Food Service, and Health Care.

Job searchers will have the opportunity to attend free workshops on Job Readiness, Interview Skills and Financial Empowerment/Management.  To participate in the workshop, please RSVP to savinoevents@gmail.com.

Job Seekers with all levels of experience and education are welcome!

August 3, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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July 22, 2010
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Staten Island state senators against 'nanny' laws to ban youngsters from tanning salons, 'sexting'

Published: Monday, July 19, 2010, 8:14 AM     Updated: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 8:17 AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- It's one thing for parents to try to enforce their kids' good behavior -- and quite another for state government to try to step in and do it for them.

"Some things are harmful to your health and some things you need your parents' permission for," said state Sen. Diane Savino, "but where do we cross the line between having a nanny state and passing laws to protect kids? Are we, as lawmakers, trying to substitute our judgment for the judgment of parents?"

July 22, 2010
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State legislators point to accomplishments

Published: Saturday, July 10, 2010, 6:19 AM     Updated: Saturday, July 10, 2010, 6:20 AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Most of the news coming out of Albany in recent weeks has been about the Legislature's dysfunction and the late state budget. But legislation was passed and some interesting bills offered.

July 22, 2010
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Governor forces NYPD to delete stop-and-frisk data

Published: Saturday, July 17, 2010, 12:24 AM     Updated: Saturday, July 17, 2010,

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Gov. David Paterson yesterday struck down a controversial NYPD stop-and-frisk database -- the very tool that police say helped them solve a savage crime in Port Richmond last spring.

The governor wielded his pen to eliminate the massive database of putative criminals, which included everyone whom police stopped on Staten Island and in the other boroughs, questioned, and sent on their way.

Paterson derided the former practice as "not a policy for a democracy."

State Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) hailed the new law.

July 22, 2010
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NY lawmakers back rights for domestic workers

Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 1:46 p.m.

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York domestic workers will be the first in the U.S. guaranteed overtime pay, as well as time off and protections against sexual harassment, under a measure given final legislative approval Thursday.

An advocacy group, Domestic Workers United, estimates there are 200,000 domestic workers in New York City. The group said it found about one-third reported verbal or physical abuse by employers, and two-thirds said they never received overtime pay.

July 22, 2010
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5 Gay Rights Speeches Guaranteed To Bring Tears To Your Eyes And Passion To Your Heart

5. New York Senator Diane Savino On Marriage Equality BillSpeaking before the vote for Marriage Equality in New York, Senator Savino dismantles the arguments against gay marriage in style, with perhaps her most important, yet at the same time most simple point of all being “We have nothing to fear from love and commitment”.

To read more: http://www.queeried.co.uk/gay-rights-speeches/

July 22, 2010
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Senator Diane J. Savino Discusses the Wage Theft Bill and Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on WBAI's "Building Bridges

Listen to Senator Diane J. Savino discussing the Wage Theft Bill and Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on WBAI's "Building Bridges".

July 16, 2010
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Gay victims of Stapleton hate crime denounce brutal beating as supporters call for vigilance

Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 6:44 AM    
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Two gay men from Stapleton put the community and their assailants on notice last night: They are not afraid, and justice will be served.
Luis Vieira, 47, and his partner, Richard Vieira, 39, addressed a meeting organized by the Staten Island LGBT Center, Tompkinsville, in response to the brutal beating to which they were subjected last week by a large group of African Americans at the White Castle restaurant on Bay Street.

July 15, 2010
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MAJORITY PASSES HISTORIC WAGE THEFT PROTECTION ACT

(Albany, NY) Groundbreaking legislation ensuring all workers receive fair pay has been passed by the New York State Senate Majority. The legislation (S8380), sponsored by Senator Diane J. Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn), will enforce tough penalties for employers who fail to meet minimum wage requirements, protecting thousands of hard working men and women across New York State. Every day countless workers across the state face rampant abuse on the job.

July 2, 2010
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Staten Island Cooling Centers: Where to Go

This weekend we are expecting record high temperatures. Staten Islanders can go cool off at one of the following cooling centers:

Mariners Harbor22 Roxbury St Staten Island, N.Y. 10303 (718) 494-1818

South Beach126 Lamport Blvd Staten Island, N.Y. 10305 (718) 448-5854

West Brighton230 Broadway Staten Island, N.Y. 10310 (718) 727-9763

Berry Houses26 Dongan Hill AvenueStaten Island, NY 10306(718) 351-3466

July 2, 2010
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Senator Diane J. Savino's Comments on the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

"Today the New York State Legislature passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, making New York a leader again in worker protections. Domestic Workers, who have fought for years for dignity and respect in the workplace, are trailblazers and you will soon see states across the country follow suit," said Senator Diane J. Savino.

July 1, 2010
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