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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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Staten Island Dems To Call For Transportation 'czar'

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE LINK TO THE ARTICLEMassive construction projects on Staten Island and in Brooklyn over the past few months have created transportation nightmares on the Staten Island Expressway, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the Gowanus Expressway. If only there was a transportation "czar," who could oversee all the projects on the table, and help coordinate the timing of the work to keep disruptions to a minimum.

January 6, 2008
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State Senator Proposes Quiet Area On Ferry

In response to a complaint by a constituent about the noise on the Staten Island Ferry, State Senator Diane Savino is proposing a special quiet area where passengers can ride to and from work without being bothered by cell phones, iPods and loud preachers. She says quiet cars already exist on Metro North and the Long Island Rail Road and the idea can easily be applied to a designated deck on the ferry. "This would actually be easy and cheap and not hard to do," said Savino.

December 25, 2007
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Quiet On The Ferry:one Pol's Dream

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island Ferry, my old friend, I've come to ride on you again. But a preacher loudly preaching, Bothered me while I was reading. And the cell phone ring tone blaring in my brain, Still remains. Where can I find the sound of silence? If state Sen. Diane Savino has her way, ferry riders someday could find it in a "quiet zone" aboard the boats.

December 23, 2007
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Savino & Recchia Hosts Turkey Giveaway

Free turkeys were delivered to the Coney Island Cathedral of Deliverance, located at 2816 Mermaid Ave and the South Brooklyn Youth Consortium, a community learning center that provides youth and adult education programs, located at 2811 Mermaid Ave.Sheryl Robertson, Executive Director of the South Brooklyn Youth Consortium, added, “As you know during this Thanksgiving holiday season, there are many families who do not have the means to purchase a turkey and have a Thanksgiving meal with their family.

November 20, 2007
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A Soldier Home From War, And A Mother Fighting Hard

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On Veterans Day, all that Cathy Di Iorio wanted was to have her son back. It was too much to ask for. “It’s not happening — let’s be honest,” she said.Physically, John Di Iorio has been back for a few years. Back to his parents’ house on Staten Island. Back from active Army duty.

November 13, 2007
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Lawmaker Holds Veterans Community Forum

State Senator Diane Savino led a community forum on discrimination against military families Saturday. Representatives from state and local agencies were present to answer questions posed by veterans and their families and also to get feedback on what their groups can be doing to help them out. Michael Villacres has been stationed at Fort Wadsworth since his return from serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He voiced his personal concern about being able to take advantage of his right for a free college education.

November 13, 2007
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