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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.