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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION ESTABLISHING AUGUST 26TH AS WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY

(Albany)—Today, the Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senator Diane J. Savino establishing August 26th as Women’s Equality Day.

March 1, 2010
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3rd Annual Black History Month Celebration

Please join me next Friday, April 30th, 2010, as we celebrate Black History Month at the College of Staten Island, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

The event was postponed from February, due to a snowstorm, however the show must go on!  We will have music, dance, spoken word, and theater performances and will honor our everyday heroes in the community.  Council member Debi Rose will be the keynote speaker.  Food and refreshments will be served. 

 

RSVP for Black History Month Celebration!

April 30, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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Senator Savino Announces Collegiate Scholarships Geared Towards Italian-American Students

New York – Senator Diane J. Savino announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $1,500 scholarships to be awarded in June at their Annual Conference Weekend. Scholarship winners must be present to receive their awards.

February 19, 2010
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The limits of a ‘sin tax’

By Staten Island Advance Editorial
February 19, 2010, 7:31AM

This page doesn’t always find itself in agreement with state Sen. Diane Savino, but she does have an admirable reputation for calling it as she sees it, and she usually sees it with a level-headed logic that eludes many of her fellow politicians.

February 19, 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, February 23, 2010 Room 512 LOB

February 23, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Express Bus Rider Report Card

Thank you for taking the time to fill out the “Express Bus Rider’s Report Card.” Your opinions matter! Please mark the answers to the questions as indicated and click submit.

February 18, 2010
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Monserrate Sues To Overturn Expulsion From State Senate

Charges Racism, Says Only Voters Have the Power To Ban Him From OfficeTHE CHIEFBy RICHARD STEIER

February 16, 2010
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Senator Diane Savino Urges Community to Help 9/11 Rescue Worker with Leukemia

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Contact: Ana Tinsly

February 8, 2010
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At ferry, Island officials rally ahead of census

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Big Count begins on March 19, and millions of dollars are at stake. That’s when homes on Staten Island and across the nation will begin receiving U.S. Census forms in the mail. “If you are human, if you are breathing, if you are living anywhere on Staten Island, we want to count you,” said Reva J. Sears, partnership coordinator for Census 2010. Ms. Sears was joined by borough elected officials at the St. George Ferry Terminal today to raise awareness about the once-a-decade count of Americans.

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February 5, 2010
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District Attorney pushes for tougher laws against domestic violence

By Judy L. Randall
February 04, 2010, 5:05PM

February 5, 2010
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Bill makes carrying gun illegal while drunk

By JUDY L. RANDALL
ADVANCE STAFF WRITER

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A bill that would make it illegal in New York to carry a gun while drunk has been introduced in the state Senate.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg called for such a state law during his re-election campaign last year.

February 5, 2010
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Pols Take Aim at Overtime 'Abuse' in State's Prisons

BY Michael J. FeeneyDAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Monday, February 1st 2010, 4:00 AM

The state Correctional Services Department could save cash-strapped New York more than $15 million by cutting overtime and reducing other "rampant mismanagement," two state lawmakers charged.

State Sens. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) and Diane Savino (D-S.I.) cited overtime as the agency's biggest money pit in a report analyzing costs at prisons.

Ten employees split close to $900,000 in OT, the report said.

February 1, 2010
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Records Say Eight Superintendents Living at Luxe, State-Owned Mansions for Low Cost

BY Kenneth LovettDAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF

Sunday, January 31st 2010, 4:00 AM

ALBANY - Prison inmates aren't the only ones getting taxpayer-funded housing.

At least eight prison superintendents are living in the lap of luxury at low cost in state-owned mansions located on or near the prison premises, according to state records.

At least one has a lake view.

The best part for the superintendents, who top out at nearly $145,000 a year, is they pay a pittance for the posh accommodations.

February 1, 2010
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Four Island Pols Keep an Eye on Brooklyn

Staten Island Advance4 Island pols keep an eye on B'klyn By Judy L. Randall

It's a daily juggling act that can prove daunting -- especially on days when your presence is expected at two must-go-to parades held at the exact same time miles away and a bridge apart.

That bridge would be the Verrazano-Narrows, which adds to the logistical challenges facing the four Staten Island elected officials whose bi-borough districts include portions of Brooklyn.

January 31, 2010
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Haiti Relief Benefit at The Bell House

This Wednesday, it was my pleasure to participate in a benefit concert for Haiti relief efforts at the Bell House in Brooklyn. 

The event raised funds for two amazing organizations, Save the Children and Partners in Health that have been providing direct medical care, as well as assisting the most vulnerable victims of this disaster, the children. 

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January 29, 2010
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Defending the ‘Guido’ Beyond ‘Jersey Shore’

by Lisa Fogarty, Editor01/28/2010

Before she was a state senator who fought to increase the minimum wage, stood up for the gay and lesbian community and delivered what was arguably the most poignant and compassionate appeal in favor of gay marriage and committment to ever make it to the senate floor, Diane Savino was a “guidette” — voluminous raven hair and all.

January 29, 2010
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Senator Diane Savino's Fight to Stop Express Bus Cuts Featured on NY1

(Staten Island) Senator Savino was out in the cold yesterday, handing out survey cards, asking riders' opinons on the express bus service, as well as collecting petition signatures to stop the MTA's proposed cuts to express bus service in the outerboroughs.With few transportation alternatives already, Staten Island and South Brooklyn cannot afford any reduction in service.

January 28, 2010
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Taking up the pen for bus service

Lawmaker urges commuters to sign petition to save express routes from MTA ax
Thursday, January 28, 2010
By MAURA YATES
ADVANCE STAFF WRITER

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Trusting that the pen is mightier than the budget ax, state Sen. Diane Savino hopes Staten Island's express-bus riders will sign a petition to save their service from the MTA chopping block.

Her office is circulating the petition, along with customer satisfaction surveys, at local express bus stops this week.

January 28, 2010
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Senator Savino Urges Passage of Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

Albany – Today, Senator Diane J. Savino joined domestic workers and their supporters in calling for the immediate passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights [S2311A]. The bill, introduced by Senator Savino, guarantees protection from discrimination, notice of termination, paid sick days and holidays, and other basic labor protections long denied to nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers employed in private homes.

January 28, 2010
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Monserrate must go

By Staten Island Advance Editorial January 22, 2010, 10:59AM

Given the go-along-to-get-along, ethics-free culture that prevails in the state Legislature, you might have expected that Democrats in the big top known as the New York State Senate would close ranks around an embattled colleague and start mumbling excuses for him . . . or ducking questions about him altogether.

January 22, 2010
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