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Paterson Wants Cuts In State’s Current Budget

Published by:Erik Engquist of Crain's New York Business.com

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
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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 23, 2009
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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 12, 2009
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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 12, 2009
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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 10, 2009
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Staten Island Pol To Stapleton Parents: Send Displaced Kids Here

Advance file photosChildren displaced when the Stapleton Community Center closes beginning Jan. 5 have a friend in state Sen. Diane Savino, inset

State Sen. Diane Savino today said kids from Staten Island's Stapleton community about to be displaced from their after-school program can hang out in her office until they have a place to go.

December 15, 2008
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Staten Island's Incumbents In State Senate Cruise To Victory

Staten Island AdvanceThe night's largest margin of victory was enjoyed by State Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), who scored 78 percent of the vote.

Democrats may have seized the state Senate last night, ending four decades of Republican rule, but when it came to the local races, it was a mixed bag that went to the incumbents.

Senators Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) and Diane Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) held onto their seats with landslide victories in their respective races.

November 5, 2008
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Incumbents Reclaim State Senate Seats

Both parties celebrate as Savino and Lanza coast to easy victoriesBy PETER N. SPENCERSTATEN ISLAND ADVANCE

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- On a night when Democrats ended four decades of Republican rule by seizing control of the state Senate, voters were split on the race for Staten Island seats.

Incumbent senators Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) and Diane Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) earned landslide victories in their respective races.

November 5, 2008
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Governor Set To Whack Spending

by Staten Island Advance

 

Spending cuts, not new taxes.

That's Democratic Gov. David Paterson's prescription for closing New York's record $12.5 billion state budget gap.

"Spending cuts are the only ones we can achieve right now," Paterson told the Advance at the St. George Ferry Terminal, where he campaigned with Democratic congressional candidate Michael McMahon yesterday.

October 29, 2008
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Foreclosure Clinic Scheduled For Saturday At College Of Staten Island

by Staten Island Advance  

First there was "Operation Protect Your Home," a forum earlier this year designed to match 2,000 struggling Island homeowners with their lenders at the College of Staten Island.

Now comes "Save Our Homes Initiative," a mortgage counseling and foreclosure prevention clinic to be offered at the college Saturday by the city comptroller. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Building 5N at CSI.

October 20, 2008
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Stuck In The 19th Century

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- ving traffic congestion on Staten Island's roads is like trying to install an elevator in a skyscraper built only with stairs. The problem is that a firm infrastructure has long been in place -- most major local Island roads were in place by the 1800s -- and efforts to modernize them can move slower than a stagecoach led by a horse on its last legs.

October 18, 2008
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Csi Gets Donation From Sen. Savino

ADVANCE STAFF WRITER

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- College of Staten Island baseball coach Mike Mauro has been on the job a little more than a month and he's already hit a home run.

State Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) presented a check of $500 to the Dolphins, who were represented by head coach Mauro, assistant coach Neil Barbella and members of the NCAA Division III baseball team.

CSI plans to use the funding toward winter indoor equipment, including the purchase of an pitcher's mound, nets and baseball tees.

October 14, 2008
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Legislator Raises Specter Of 1970s Financial Crisis

Dem state Sen. Savino appears before Advance Editorial Board with GOP challenger Thomas

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Those who remember the financial meltdown of the mid-1970s, when New York City almost went bankrupt, had better get ready for some déj vu, state Sen. Diane Savino told the Advance Editorial Board yesterday.

The current economic downturn "is worse than the 1975 fiscal crisis," said Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), who appeared before the board with GOP challenger Richard Thomas.

October 9, 2008
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Showdown Brews Over Facility For Mentally Ill

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers (SVCMC) in Manhattan is in for an almost-certain legal battle over its controversial plan to convert a former convent in St. George to apartments for the mentally ill.

Some local leaders are vowing to fight SVCMC to the finish unless, as Assemblyman Matthew Titone (D-North Shore) put it last week, the plan is either dropped or "hard-core, legally enforceable guidelines" are put into place to ensure that the state won't refer ex-convicts from Sing Sing or drug addicts to a place where 50 nuns once resided.

September 20, 2008
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