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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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Nannies, Domestic Workers Score Win with Albany: Can Get Overtime, Labor Protections

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Tuesday, June 29th 2010, 2:31 AM

ALBANY - State leaders cut a deal Monday to give nannies and other domestic workers overtime pay and new labor protections, the Daily News has learned.

"This is a tremendous victory for a group of workers who historically and systematically have been denied basic labor rights," said state Sen. Diane Savino (D-S.I.), a sponsor of the plan.

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June 30, 2010
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Senator Savino Announces Passage of ‘Dignity For All Students Act’

Landmark bill will provide all students with a safe learning environment

June 23, 2010
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Senator Savino Announces Passage of ‘Dignity For All Students Act’

Landmark bill will provide all students with a safe learning environment

June 23, 2010
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Senate Passes Legislation Ensuring Safe Child Products

Tough measures on the manufacture and sale of child products containing BPA

June 22, 2010
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Cigarette Tax Increase

WNYT NewsBy: Kumi Tucker

ALBANY -- New York State Senators passed another emergency extender.

They also voted, along party lines, to increase the tax on cigarettes.

"And that $1.60 a pack extra may not make as many people quit as we would like, but  will tell you what it will do.  It will prevent that next 12-year-old from buying cigarettes," said Senator Diane Savino (D - Brooklyn/Staten Island).

June 22, 2010
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Savino: After the budget, I’ll quit (smoking)

Capitol Confidential

Monday, June 21, 2010 at 11:12 AM

by Jimmy Vielkind in Budget 2010, State Senate

Sen. Diane Savino, D-Staten Island and a regular smoker, says she will quit after this legislative session. The need is more acute, she said, in light of the proposed $1.60 per pack tax on cigarettes she (and other) lawmakers will vote on today.

June 22, 2010
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Unlikely Alliance Opposes No-Fault Divorce

Religious advocates opposed to easy divorce, women's groups are opposed to changes

By CASEY SEILER, State editor

June 22, 2010
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Senate Majority Secures Funding for Student MetroCards

(Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Majority has achieved a major victory for New York children and families today by securing $25 million in state funding for a reduced fare student MetroCard program.

June 18, 2010
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Senator Savino Ensures Child Care Providers Have Right to Organize

(Albany, NY)The Senate Majority passed, yesterday, legislation, introduced by Senator Diane J.

June 18, 2010
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Coney Students Finally Get Own Gym

 By RICH CALDER Students at a public elementary school in Coney Island will no longer have to eat lunch and play ball in the same space.

The city broke ground today on a gymnasium to serve the 600 students at Michael E. Berdy Public School 188 on Neptune Avenue. Since the 85-year-old school has never had a gym, its cafeteria has been used for the dual purpose.

The $10.3 million, 7,000-square-foot gym will feature a full-length basketball court and male and female locker rooms and is expected to be done by October 2011.

June 18, 2010
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