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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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Committee Meeting: Civil Service and Pensions Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Civil Service and Pensions Senator Diane Savino, Chair 1:00 PM, Tuesday, March 16, 2010 Room 512 LOB

March 16, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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March 11, 2010
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March 11, 2010
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Senator Savino Discusses the new Foreclosure Prevention Law on the Joe Gross Show

Senator Diane Savino discusses the new Foreclosure Prevention Bill, signed into law last session, which extends protections to homeowners and renters. 

Originally aired January, 7, 2010

March 9, 2010
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Labor Dispute Silences Spanish at E-ZPass Center

Gotham Gazetteby Spencer Woodman

March 9, 2010
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Senator Savino and Union Members Protest Illegal Firings of 14 Union Supporters at E-Z Pass Call center and Demand Better Customer Service

Group Calls on MTA, Port Authority to Improve E-ZPass Customer Service and Reverse Illegal Firings

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Senator Diane J. Savino, Assemblywoman Janelle Hyer-Spencer, representatives from Assemblyman Matt Titone’s and Councilwoman Debi Rose’s office, stood today in front of the E-Z Pass call center to protest the recent firing of 14 E-Z Pass Workers and to demand better customer service for E-Z Pass customers.

March 5, 2010
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Grants from Citizens Committee for New York City

I would like to recognize all those working hard for their communities and direct them to grant opportunities being offered through the Citizens Committee for New York City.  The grants are being given out for volunteer led groups and public school based student groups working to improve neighborhoods across the city.  Applications are availab

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March 5, 2010
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MTA divided - but not conquered

By Maura Yates
March 04, 2010, 12:16AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. --- The MTA's decision to host multiple public hearings across the city as transit riders brace for service cuts meant the MTA's leadership and board members were divided, and only a handful could attend either forum.

March 4, 2010
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Island to MTA: No more cuts!

By Maura Yates
March 03, 2010, 1:53AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- There were some who believed that last night's MTA public hearing was a done deal. There was no reason to show up; the cuts to the borough's transit system were carved in stone, the cynics said.But Staten Islanders would have none of that.

March 3, 2010
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Senator Savino Calls for Full Board at Island Hearing; Asks Islanders to Keep Up the Pressure

More Than 1,500 Islanders Show up to Protest Bus Cuts, 400 at Similar Hearing in Queens

March 3, 2010
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SENATOR DIANE J. SAVINO NAMED TO TASK FORCE ON GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY

(Albany, NY) – Demonstrating their commitment to developing a responsible budget, the Senate Majority Conference announced the formation of a new bipartisan task force on government efficiency. Chaired by Deputy Senate Majority Leader Jeff Klein, the eleven-member task force will conduct a statewide investigation into the spending practices of state agencies and operations to uncover areas of administrative inefficiencies and government waste.

March 3, 2010
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