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Restaurants, Patrons Gear up for Dine Out

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Eating for the hungry: This simple equation drives "Dine Out Against Hunger" -- an annual event that has come to define the generosity and compassion of Staten Islanders, by bringing people out to local restaurants that in turn donate to charity.Nearly 150 restaurants -- from Tottenville to Tompkinsville, with menus ranging from fast fare to haute cuisine -- will participate in Dine Out Against Hunger on Thursday.Click here for a complete list of restaurants participating in the event.

April 21, 2010
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Savino Town Hall Feedback

Thank you to all of those who participated in this virtual Town Hall. We're always striving to serve the people of New York better and we would love to hear any feedback you might have on how we can improve the experience.

April 19, 2010
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RSVP for Senator Savino's Virtual Town Hall

Have your voice heard! Senator Diane J. Savino invites you to participate in a Virtual Town Hall.

Topics covered will include, the MTA, mass transit service, bus and ferry services, quality of roads, quality of the ride, traffic congestion and commuter tolls and fees.

Have your voice heard!

When: April 20, 2010

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

-Call 1-800-393-7044 and leave a voicemail question. Your question will be transcribed and read at the Town Hall. You can call in starting today through the event.

April 12, 2010
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ENCOURAGING FOOD DONATIONS DURING THIS DIFFICULT ECONOMIC CLIMATE

Act will Assist People in Need and Build Relationships Between Food Providers & Charitable Organizations

April 9, 2010
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Committee Meeting: Civil Service and Pensions Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Civil Service and Pensions Senator Diane Savino, Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, April 13, 2010 Room 512 LOB

April 13, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Workers Deserve to be Paid

By ANDREW FRIEDMAN AND AMY TRAUBAlbany Times UnionApril 5, 2010

April 5, 2010
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Forum/Town Hall: Virtual Town Hall with Senator Savino

Thank you for participating in our first Virtual Town Hall.  I spoke with many Staten Islanders and South Brooklynites about their concerns and suggestions in regards to transportation, including bus service, tolls and mass transit alternatives.

To take a look, please click on the video.

April 20, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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"Count Me In!" Census Day Event

SENATOR SAVINO HOLDS CENSUS DAY EVENT IN SUNSET PARKTO HELP COUNT EVERY NEW YORKER(Brooklyn) Thursday April 1st has been designated National Census Day to build awareness of how important it is to be counted in the 2010 Census.Senator Diane Savino will be holding a Family Fun Day event to encourage New Yorkers return their census form.Millions of dollars of federal and state aid for schools, health care and transportation ride on an accurate count of New York City residents.   WHO/WHAT:  Sen.

April 1, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Savino Pushes S.I. Riders To Fight For Local Bus Routes

By: NY1 News

NY1 VIDEO: State Senator Diane Savino said that Staten Island transit riders still to press the MTA preserve the borough's bus routes, after the agency proposed to have the S52 and S66 buses pick up much of the routes of the outgoing S42 and S60 buses. For more information, visit www.nysenate.gov.

March 25, 2010
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LGBT Activists Honor S.I. Politicians For Gay Marriage Support

 

 


NY1 VIDEO:

The Staten Island LGBT Center and Staten Island Stonewall honored local elected officials who voted in favor of same-sex marriage last November at a Midland Beach ceremony on Friday.


 

For video click here: http://www.ny1.com/9-staten-island-news-content/115569/lgbt-activists-honor-s-i--politicians-for-gay-marriage-support

March 25, 2010
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Putting Money Back In New Yorkers’ Pockets

Senator Savino and Majority Members Pass Real Property and School Tax Relief BillALBANY – State Senator Diane J. Savino joined Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein and other Senate Majority Democrats in passing Property Tax Relief legislation aimed at reversing New York’s skyrocketing property taxes. The legislation, passed Thursday in a 58-1 vote, would put more money back in the pockets of middle income families and seniors.

March 19, 2010
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Senator Diane Savino Discusses the Beverage Tax on the Curtis Sliwa show

Senator Savino discusses her opposition to the beverage tax on the Curtis Sliwa Show, first aired Wednesday, March 16.

March 18, 2010
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State Senator Assails Prospect of Penny-Per-Ounce Tax on Soda

By Judy L. RandallMarch 13, 2010, 12:04AMSTATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The proposed state tax on soda is nothing but a sweet cheat, a member of Staten Island’s Albany delegation railed yesterday."It’s up to parents to determine what their kids put in their mouths," said state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), contending the penny-per-ounce levy would hurt working families.She also said there was no guarantee the revenue would be dedicated to efforts to curb childhood obesity."What are they calling it today?" Ms.

March 15, 2010
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Albany's New Wage Theft Bill Could Halt the Hidden Crime Wave

Huffington PostBy: Amy TraubNearly a billion dollars were stolen in New York City last year, and the thieves aren't even worried about getting caught. If this were an epidemic of street crime, the city and state would have acted long ago.Instead, the crooks in question are corrupt bosses who steal their employees' earnings by paying less than minimum wage, making them work off the clock, pilfering tips, misclassifying employees as independent contractors, and a host of other schemes. As a result, the theft is harder to detect. But Albany is finally on the case.

March 15, 2010
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Payback time: State Must Nail Sleazy Bosses Who Steal Their Workers' Wages

Daily News EditorialSaturday, March 13th 2010, 4:00 AMAdvocates for immigrants and the poor want thestate to crack down on a type of robbery rampant inNew York: wage theft.We stand with them because too many companieshave gotten away with stiffing employees of thefruits of their hard-earned labor.The National Employment Law Project estimatesmore than 317,000 New Yorkers are cheated out ofpay, to the tune of $18.4 million a week...

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March 15, 2010
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Wage Theft Bill Introduced in SoHo to Help Workers Collect Lost Pay

By Nicole BreskinDNAinfo Reporter/ProducerSOHO — Retail workers, activists and politicians turned out to announce the introduction of a new bill that could protect local workers from losing millions of dollars in unpaid wages.State Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblyman Carl Heastie announced the Wage Theft Prevention Act in SoHo on Friday, which will stiffen penalties and heighten enforcement for companies that illegally withhold or steal wages from their employees. The bill was introduced in the Senate earlier this week.

March 15, 2010
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A Move to Protect Low-Wage Workers

By STEVEN GREENHOUSENew York Times City Blog

March 15, 2010
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Senator Savino Says "No" to Regressive Beverage Tax

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – State Sen. Diane J. Savino (D-Staten Island) today led a rally against Governor Paterson’s proposed tax on soft drinks and other beverages. The Senator was joined by key members of the Staten Island delegation, including: Sen. Andrew Lanza, Lou Tobacco and Matthew Titone.

“Looking at ways to curb spending, by increasing the spending of working families in order to fill their hunger for revenue.

March 12, 2010
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Senator Savino Introduces Bill To Protect Workers from Wage Theft

New York State Senator Diane Savino, New York State Assembly Member Carl Heastie, and the Coalition to Prevent Wage Theft & Protect Responsible Businesses stood in front of the SOHO location of Scoop NYC, a business that illegally withheld half a million dollars in overtime pay from workers to announce the introduction of comprehensive state legislation to reform the New York State Labor Law (S.7050/A.10163). The coalition is comprised of low-income workers, not-for-profit organizations, civic legal organizations, organized labor, and small businesses.

March 12, 2010
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