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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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State Sen. Diane Savino says governor should rethink threat to veto ethics bill

By Judy L. Randall January 22, 2010, 7:41AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- State Sen. Diane Savino said yesterday the governor should "think twice" before he makes a "tremendous mistake" by vetoing the ethics reform bill that Albany lawmakers of both houses passed handily earlier this week.

"He can threaten, but it passed with overwhelming support," said Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) of the veto-proof bill. "Instead of setting up another showdown with the Legislature, he should be working with us."

January 22, 2010
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A guido by any other name ...

“Guido,” a term that’s derogatory to many was thrust into the spotlight by MTV’s realty show, “The Jersey Shore.”

To playwright Mario Fratti it represents the sophistication of the main character in Federico Fellini’s film “8 ½,” which he adapted for the Broadway musical and movie “Nine.” “That’s why I kept the name,” Fratti said.

January 22, 2010
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Gym.Tan. Laundry. Discuss.

Consider it an antipasto for tonight’s season finale of MTV’s reality series “Jersey Shore.” The John D.

January 22, 2010
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Tell the MTA “No Express Bus Reductions”

We, the mass transit users of the 23rd State Senate District, urge the Metropolitan Transit Authority that no reductions, consolidation, or decrease in express bus service should be considered.

January 21, 2010
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January 21, 2010
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Football team transcends field to measure success

NORTH SHORE -- The Staten Island Hurricanes’ youth football organization celebrated a season of success with a pizza party at the Modell’s Sporting Goods store in Travis Sunday.The party was hosted by state Senator Diane Savino and Modell’s to honor the four age divisions of Hurricanes teams, including the Midget division (13-15 age group) team that won the national championship under head coach Boli Johnson.

January 21, 2010
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Savino Holds Victory Party for National Youth Football Champs, Staten Island Hurricanes

(Staten Island) Senator Diane Savino, Assemblyman Matt Titone, and Modell’s Sporting Goods hosted a Victory Pizza Party on Sunday, January 17, for the Staten Island Hurricane Youth Football Team.  The team’s four age divisions are the Mighty Mites (ages 8-9), Junior Pee Wee’s (9-11), Pee Wee’s (11-12) and the Midget’s (13-15).The organization won all four divisions in the American Youth Football Big East Regional Tournament. The Hurricanes then went on to play in the National Championship Games at Austin Tindale Park in Orlando, FL.

January 20, 2010
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A Fight We Can't Lose

By Staten Island Advance EditorialJanuary 17, 2010, 4:32AM

 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority can always be counted on to produce bad news about fare and toll increases and/or service cuts pretty much every year at this time, even when the economy is flourishing.

January 17, 2010
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SAVINO WOULD EXPEL DISGRACED SENATOR

Island lawmaker says Monserrate was more concerned with his future than woman's well-being
Friday, January 15, 2010
By JUDY L. RANDALL
ADVANCE STAFF WRITER

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- On the heels of a state Senate committee report yesterday calling for the expulsionor censure of a Democratic senator accused by some of domestic violence, state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/ Brooklyn) said she would vote to expel Sen. Hiram Monserrate if party leaders brought the matter to the floor.

January 15, 2010
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