Earth Day 2013 Poster Contest: District 23

Dear Students,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.   This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 23rd Senatorial District.

Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:

Andrew K

Grade 2

April 15, 2013

Old South Ferry Station Set To Open Next Week For Staten Island Ferry Riders

The lesson here is never to give up on a good idea. The station is old and it only serves the first five cars, but, it beats having nothing until the new South Ferry Station reopens. Thanks to MTA interim President Thomas Pendergast and the Governor for hearing my call to help tens of thousands of Island commuters.

Staten Island Advance Article, March 28, 2013

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Get ready to move to the first five cars of the 1 Train, Staten Island.

March 28, 2013
March 19, 3:30 PM - 3:34 PM
March 14, 2:45 PM - 2:48 PM

Committee Meeting: Labor Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Labor Senator Diane Savino, Chair 12 Noon, Monday, April 15, 2013 Room 511 LOB

April 15, 12:00 PM - 12:06 PM
March 12, 4:45 PM - 4:52 PM

Committee Meeting: Labor Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Labor Senator Diane Savino, Chair 12 Noon, Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Room 511 LOB

Printed No.



902 Refer to Finance


An act to amend the labor law, in relation to the project notification fee imposed for asbestos removal

February 27, 12:00 PM - 12:10 PM

State to offer insurance assistance to Staten Islanders on Thursday

Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Representatives from the state Department of Financial Services will be on Staten Island on Thursday to offer insurance assistance to residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

The agency will set up a mobile command center at Miller Field from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Agency representatives will help Islanders contact their insurers if they have been unable to do so, and answer questions about homeowners', renters' and business owners' insurance coverage.

Those unable to attend can call the agency's storm hotline at 1-800-339-1759 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, or from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

November 8, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions on Storm Cleanup Provided By The New York City Department of Buildings

Q: What does the colored sticker found on my property mean?

A: In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the New York City Department of Buildings is conducting an inspection of structures affected by the storm. Department issued inspection stickers have been placed on inspected properties as follows:

GREEN: No restriction. No apparent structural hazard was observed; you are not restricted from entering and re-occupying your building.

YELLOW: Restricted use. Property is damaged; entry limitations are specified on each posting.

RED: Unsafe. Property is seriously damaged and is unsafe to enter or occupy.

Q: Does a red sticker mean I cannot enter my building?

November 7, 2012

Some Helpful Information from the Department of Buildings - Getting Back Into Your Home After Hurrican Sandy

Q: What do I do based on the placard posted on my home?

A: The Department is inspecting buildings affected by Hurricane Sandy and placing green, yellow or red placards to let

residents know about the conditions of their buildings. All placards must remain in place until the Department announces

that they can be removed. Below are meanings of the different placards:

 Green: No apparent structural hazards were observed; you are not restricted from entering and re-occupying your

building. However, inspectors might not have been able to gain access to all parts of your building, and some

hazardous conditions may still exist, such as flooding. If you have evidence that damage to your building is significant,

November 7, 2012

New York City School Information for Parents from the Department of Education

Hurricane Sandy FAQ for Families

1. General Questions

Q: When are schools reopening? A: The majority of schools reopened to students on Monday, November 5. However, some schools that were being used as shelters or that did not yet have electricity as of Monday are being reopened on Wednesday, November 7. In addition, a number of our schools sustained severe damage and will be unable to open for some time. Students from these schools will be directed to new school buildings beginning as soon as possible this week. You can check the status of your school and find information on temporary relocation for damaged schools and the buildings that will host them on the DOE website.

November 7, 2012

Mobile Medical Vans Providing Care and Prescription Drugs

Mobile Medical Vans Providing Care and Prescription Drugs at Locations in Coney Island and Rockaways; Staten Island Service Begins Tomorrow

November 5, 2012

Snug Harbor Cultural Center Will Be Providing A Daytime Warming/Chariging/Free WiFi Center


SNUG HARBOR will provide a daytime warming/ charging/ FREE WIFI CENTER at 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building P this week from 9am to 4pm. We have food, water, radio, internet and electricity.

Please access through the West Gate on Snug Harbor Road. Building P is located next to the Tuscan Garden/ Heritage Farm.

Currently the Snug Harbor phone lines are DOWN.

Please check our website frequently ( for updates.


November 5, 2012

Staten Island Railway Resumes With Limited service

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The MTA is reporting that among renewed subway and train service, limited Staten Island Railway service has resumed in both directions from the St. George Station and the Tottenville Station. The Staten Island Railway began limited hourly service at 10 a.m. as well, and service is expected to become more frequent throughout the weekend.

The Railway had been out of service due to severe damage in the Clifton station sustained during Hurricane Sandy and power outages, and track debris.

Other major restorations of the MTA New York City Transit subway system will have more than 80 percent of the system's track miles in service by the end of Saturday.

November 3, 2012

Food Assistance Information for Victims of Hurrican Sandy

Current SNAP recipient households that have lost food purchased with SNAP benefits due to a disaster are entitled to a replacement issuance of benefits provided that the loss is reported within 10 days of the event and the household returns a signed and completed form LDSS-2291, “Request for Replacement of Food Purchased with Food Stamp Benefits,” by close of business on Thursday, November 8, 2012.


Form LDSS-2291 is available at:


November 2, 2012