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The Brooklyn BlogConey students finally get own gym

7:15 PM, June 16, 2010 

 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

June 17, 2010
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Senate Majority Brings Marriage Laws into the 21st Century

(Albany, NY) Senator Diane J. Savino, joined her colleagues in Senate Majority in passing a legislative package which fundamentally restructures matrimonial law to improve the process and outcome of divorce for all New Yorkers, particularly women and children who are often the most vulnerable when marriages are dissolved.

June 16, 2010
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Senator Savino Hosts Italian American State Legislators Conference

(Albany, NY) Senator Diane J. Savino, President of the Italian American Legislators, hosted the organization’s annual conference, this Sunday, June 13th and Monday, Junje 14th.   The two day event, attended by participants from the entire state, coincided with the 150thAnniversary of the Unification of Italy and was a celebration of Italy’s rich culture and its contributions to this country, featuring performances, panel discussions, as well as informational lectures on the unique issues that aging Italian Americans face.  Dr.

June 16, 2010
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Nanny Bill of Rights Causing Political Temper Tantrums

The final legislative step in ratifying the nation's first-ever bill of rights for nannies, maids, and other domestic workers is set to be taken by NY State Senate, provided it is still functioning.

June 15, 2010
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO IMPROVE THE SEPTEMBER 11TH WORKERS PROTECTION TASK FORCE

Legislation Extends Task Force For An Additional Five Years

June 10, 2010
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Capitol Tonight: Women In Politics

Senator Diane J. Savino appears on Capitol tonight  to discuss the ever-increasing role of women discuss legislators on the ever-increasing role of women in politics, after this week's wave of primary victories for women across the country.

To view, please click:

http://capitaltonight.com/2010/06/women-in-politics/

 

June 10, 2010
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SI Advance: At Parade, Gay Community Calls for Visibility

By: Judy Randall

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Under a canopy of rainbow-colored balloons, several hundred gay and lesbian Staten Islanders and their supporters kicked off the borough’s sixth annual LGBT Pride Parade and festival in St. George yesterday with a clear message: We are one of you.

“We are here to say we are your friends, your neighbors,” said spectator Brian Hagan of New Brighton. “We sit next to you on the bus, in church. We are part of the diversity of the city.”

June 10, 2010
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NY Times: For Nannies, Hope for Workplace Protection

By: Russ Buettner

In a city of secret economies, few are as vital to the life of New York as the business of nannies, the legions of women who emancipate high-powered professionals and less glamorous working parents from the duties of daily child care.

Those nannies, as well as other domestic workers who make possible the lives of New York’s eternally striving work force, have long gone without basic workplace guarantees that most employees take for granted.

That appears likely to change soon.

June 10, 2010
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Daily News: Government Must OK New Domestic Worker Rights

by: Albor Ruiz

Every day, 200,000 domestic workers in New York make it possible for their employers to go to work. Yet, many of these mostly immigrant women of color are employed without a living wage, health care and basic labor protections.

"As far as I am concerned, these folks are the economic backbone of New York," said Assemblyman Keith Wright (D-Harlem). "[Yet] they are an invisible segment of society."

June 10, 2010
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NYT Editorial: Domestic Worker's Rights

New York State has the chance to lead the nation in extending basic workplace protections to domestic workers — the nannies, housekeepers and caregivers for the elderly who are as essential to the economy as they are overlooked and unprotected.

June 10, 2010
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Savino Express Bus Rider Report

For many of you, especially those living far from a subway line or the Staten Island Rapid Transit, express buses are a necessary part of your daily commute. It's a lifeline to and from work or school, which is why I decided to take on the task of studying the quality of your express bus ride.

File: 
Savino Express Bus Rider Report.pdf

June 6, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Civil Service and Pensions

Senate Standing Committee on Civil Service and Pensions Senator Diane Savino, Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, June 8, 2010 Room 512 LOB

June 8, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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New York Lawmakers Advance Labor Standards for Domestic Workers

New York is poised to become the first state establishing a landmark set of working standards for housekeepers, nannies and other domestic workers. State lawmakers have passed a measure that would require overtime pay after eight-hour workdays, at least one day off per week, and at least eighteen holidays, sick days and vacation days per year. Lawmakers will now attempt to reconcile the Senate and Assembly versions before sending a final bill to Governor David Paterson.

June 2, 2010
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The Capitol Pressroom Program for May 26, 2010

Welcome to The Capitol Pressroom for Wednesday May 26th. Here’s an abridged version of what’s going on politically around here – Andrew Cuomo picked Rochester Mayor Bob Duffy to be his LG. Newsday’s James Madore will have the story. Meanwhile one of Cuomo’s guys from the AG’s office is in court in Albany today defending Governor Paterson’s decision to furlough state workers. State worker Unions are fighting the idea tooth and nail.

June 2, 2010
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Senator Diane J. Savino Discusses the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on the Brian Lehrer Show

Senator Diane J. Savino and Priscilla Gonzalez, Executive Director of Domestic Workers United, discuss the NY State Senate's passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights on the Brian Lehrer Show.  

To listen click here:

 http://beta.wnyc.org/shows/bl/2010/jun/02/domestic-workers-bill-rights/

June 2, 2010
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State Senate Passes Domestic Worker Bill of Rights

By R.M. Schneiderman

New York moved one step closer on Tuesday toward becoming the first state to create a bill of rights for domestic workers.

“These basic protections, which most of us take for granted, will result in a dramatic improvement in the daily lives of workers,” said state Sen. Diane Savino, the bill’s sponsor.

June 2, 2010
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June 2, 2010
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NY lawmakers approve domestic worker rights

 

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN

The Associated Press Tuesday, June 1, 2010; 9:28 PM

June 2, 2010
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Senate Majority Passes Historic Bill to Protect Domestic Workers

Law to give basic labor protections to over 200,000 employees working in private homes

(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (S2311D/Savino) making New York the first state in the nation to provide new standards of worker protections for more than 200,000 employees in an industry which has gone unregulated for decades.

June 2, 2010
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