Domestic Workers Seeking Protections

The Day In Albany

Domestic workers seeking protectionsTuesday Apr 28 1:28 PM

By LAUREN N. JOHNSON, Gazette staff writer

Domestic workers, labor leaders, and employers from around the state are demanding passage of legislation that would provide labor protections for more than 200,000 domestic workers currently employed in private homes in New York City.

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April 28, 2009


Joins advocates in rally for passage of NYS Fair Pay ActLegislation will make discrimination based on gender illegal

April 28, 2009

Sen. Marchi's Death Marks End of an Era for Staten Island

Staten Island Advance

Posted by rmccormi April 26, 2009

Former GOP state Sen. John Marchi, 87, the "Father of Secession" and one of the longest-serving lawmakers in United States history, died on Saturday while vacationing with his family in Lucca, Italy.

Sen. Marchi died of complications of pneumonia, according to his daughter Aline Balbas.


April 26, 2009

Senator Savino Supports Bill Requiring Handgun License Renewals Every Five Years

Proposal Would Reform New York’s Dangerous Lifetime Permit System

April 23, 2009
April 1, 2009

Paterson Wants Cuts In State’s Current Budget

Published by:Erik Engquist of Crain's New York

Gov. David Paterson has come to the conclusion that the state will have to reduce its current $125 billion budget, but it is unclear when he will ask the Legislature to bite the bullet on what are sure to be painful and controversial spending reductions.

March 26, 2009

Senate passes legislation to hold owners of foreclosed homes accountable for their upkeep

Would Allow Municipalities and Homeowner Associations to  Enforce Provisions of the Bill to Protect the Public and Property Values.   Savino Urges Assembly to Pass House Version   ALBANY-- Senator Diane J. Savino (D-Brooklyn/Staten Island) said a foreclosed home offers its owner no excuse to let it go into disrepair, and has the responsibility of maintaining a vacant home to prevent any chance of fire, criminal activity or depressed property value.  

March 24, 2009

State Senator Savino Secures Capital Funding For Shema Kolainu

State Senator Diane Savino, who represents parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn in the New York State Senate, recently secured and presented a check of $150,000 in capital funding that will be earmarked for the $6 million capital campaign of Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices.

Senator Savino expressed her commitment to the school, saying, "I visited Shema Kolainu, witnessed the dedication of its teachers and staff and was impressed with its innovative programs geared to providing a top level education to children with autism spectrum disorder."

March 13, 2009

Savino Hosts Black History Month Celebration

New York— State Senator Diane J. Savino hosted today the 2nd Annual Black History Month Celebration, "Possibilities, Opportunities and Hope for our Community". The event, co-sponsored by the College of Staten Island, featured keynote speaker NYC Comptroller William C. Thompson, dancers, musical performances, spoken word, a jazz ensemble and step dancers. Curtis High School Principal, Aurelia Curtis, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies.

March 13, 2009

Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith, Senator Diane Savino and Other Members of the Democratic Conference Pay Tribute to Women's History Month

(Albany, NY)- Today, Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith, joined by a bi-partisan coalition of women Senators, celebrated the achievements, contributions and struggles of women with a Resolution to commemorate the month of March as Women’s History Month. The Resolution commemorates women who have made significant contributions to society and recognizes women trailblazers in the political history of New York and our country, including 10 sitting women Senators here in New York.

March 11, 2009

Women’s History Month: A Salute and a Mandate

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, and all of the triumphs the years past has brought, we must not forget the pressing issues women continue to face. March is Women’s History Month.

Public celebration of women's history in this country began in 1978 as "Women's History Week." In 1981, Congress declared Women’s History Week a national holiday. Overwhelming support and participation led to the 1987 declaration to extend the celebration to include the entire month of March.

March 1, 2009

Sen. Savino Gets Ethnic Leadership Post

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- State Sen. Diane Savino has been elected by her colleagues in the state Legislature to a one-year term as president of the New York Conference of Italian-American Legislators.

The bipartisan coalition is charged with fostering Italian-American culture and expanding business and educational opportunities for Italian-Americans.

Among the issues Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) hopes to pursue are the legalities of dual citizenship and land rights in Italy, as well as host events such as Italian film festivals and wine tastings.

February 6, 2009

Transit Issues Drive Economic Breakfast

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The borough's economic outlook for 2009 constituted the menu, but the conversation at yesterday's breakfast meeting was dominated by Staten Island's transportation needs.

Agita was guaranteed by the traffic congestion and woefully inadequate roads and transit infrastructure that discourage new businesses here.

January 29, 2009

Celebration Of Catholic Schools Begins

Mass at St. Margaret Mary's inaugurates weeklong tribute

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Willie Concepcion transferred from public school to Catholic school two years ago, and the seventh-grader said that has made all the difference.

"There's a smaller amount of kids in the room and you get more attention from the teachers," said the student in St. Margaret Mary's School in Midland Beach. "It's like a whole family environment."

January 26, 2009

Savino Appoints Government Veteran To Her Senate Staff

State Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) has hired a government veteran with ties to President Barack Obama to help her as the Democrats complete the transition to majority-party status in the Senate.

Brooklyn resident Michael Gaspard, older brother of White House political director Patrick Gaspard, will serve on Ms. Savino's staff on a temporary basis until the Senate transition is complete.

January 26, 2009

Public Pensions Are Weighing On Taxpayers

Taxpayer support of state and local public employee retirement programs has increased more in New York than any other state except Arizona, recently released U.S.

January 25, 2009