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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 21, 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 19, 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 15, 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 10, 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 21, 2008
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Staten Island's 'downtown' To Get $30g In State Money

 

A $30,000 infusion of state money geared to enhancing Staten Island's "downtown," on the borough's North Shore, will be announced tonight by state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn).

The funding, for community enhancement initiatives, will go to:

September 17, 2008
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Dongan Hills Company Loses Transportation Contract

After 17 years of serving Staten Island's disabled community a local company is losing its transportation contract with the city. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following story.

Richard Salomone's office is covered with awards from local organizations honoring him for his work with the disabled community. He has been running RJR Paratransit for the last 17 years. The Dongan Hills Company is the main provider for Access-A-Ride services on Staten Island aiding more than 25,000 residents a month.

September 7, 2008
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2 Island Legislators Attend Signing Of Foreclosure Bill

By JUDY L. RANDALLADVANCE STAFF WRITER

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Two Staten Island lawmakers who've taken the lead in addressing the subprime lending mess were on hand for the signing of a bill aimed at helping homeowners in foreclosure.

August 6, 2008
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The Cupboard Is Bare, Says Gov. Paterson

He will recall Legislature to address state deficit that has ballooned to $6.4 billionBy PHIL HELSELSTATEN ISLAND ADVANCE

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A tough-talking Gov. David Paterson called lawmakers back to Albany yesterday to deal with a budget deficit that has grown by $1 billion -- to $6.4 billion -- since April.

July 30, 2008
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Youth Program Gets Backing From State Senator

By ALLISON DUFFYADVANCE STAFF WRITER

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Raymond Boye was a 17-year-old high school student with a 60 grade point average. He was not involved in extracurricular activities and was not active in his Park Hill community. But last September, all of that changed.

July 3, 2008
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Senator Savino Praises Major End-of-session Victories; Says “there Is More To Do”

Brownfields clean-up, foreclosure prevention, and job growth legislation passed

June 24, 2008
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Pervs Bunking Near Kids: Pol

By SALLY GOLDENBERG New York Post

June 16, 2008 -- Registered sex offenders in homeless shelters in The Bronx and Manhattan are living among families, according to state legislators who want the city to relocate the lawbreakers to singles-only residences.

June 16, 2008
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Survey Of Sex Offenders In New York City Family Shelter System Updated

Empire State News.NetNEW YORK - Senator Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) joined by his colleagues Senator Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) and Senator Diane Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn), Sunday released what he characterized as “the shocking results” of an updated analysis of sex offenders residing in the New York City Family Shelter System: “Sex Offenders in the System: A Survey of the NYC Family Shelter System”.

June 16, 2008
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Transportation On Everyone's Front Burner

Elected officials are all working on different ways to improve the traffic flow here 

By MAURA YATES STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- He might be enjoying the balmy weather while on vacation in Sarasota, Fla., but Borough President James Molinaro's mind is still stuck in Staten Island traffic.

June 9, 2008
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Edc Reviewing Plans For Development Of Stapleton Homeport

The city's Economic Development Corporation is currently reviewing plans for development of the Stapleton Homeport, but one local lawmaker says the project hasn't attracted much interest from builders. NY1's Mara Montalbano filed the following report.

Nearly 40 acres of undeveloped waterfront property in New York City sounds like a builder's dream. However, State Senator Diane Savino says her conversations with the NYEDC tell her developers aren't jumping at the chance to get involved in the Stapleton Homeport project.

March 18, 2008
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Island Lawmakers Want City To Appoint Transportation Czar

A group of island lawmakers say they've come up with a plan that would prevent too many construction projects from happening at once – and the traffic congestion that comes with it. NY1's Tara Lynn Wagner filed the following report. Ask islanders about traffic and one word comes to mind: Horrible. They say the congestion caused by ongoing construction leaves them frustrated and confused. "[They're] closing one lane, opening another, closing two lanes, leaving one open,” complains Junior Rodriguez of West Brighton.

January 8, 2008
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