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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.