A Soldier Home From War, And A Mother Fighting Hard


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

Islanders Rally For Justice For Louisiana's "jena Six"

Demonstrations in support of the group of teenagers dubbed the “Jena 6” were held around the borough Thursday. The six African American students are being charged with attempted murder in Jena, Louisiana. Clergy members were joined by local politicians and the Island's National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter Thursday night to speak out what many are calling a double standard of the prosecution for black and whites.

September 20, 2007

Lawmakers Look To Crack Down On Lenders Preying On Vulnerable New Yorkers

With more and more New Yorkers facing foreclosure, state lawmakers are looking to crackdown on "predatory lenders," who are offering a bait-and-switch kind of mortgage to low- and moderate income New Yorkers. NY1's Lindley Pless filed the following Money Matters report.The idea of moving back into a homeless shelter with her four children is more than Helen Ryce-Lyles can take. “I can't sleep worrying about my children and where we are going to be at. I can't go back in that shelter,” says Ryce-Lyles.

August 26, 2007

Lawmakers Hear From Victims Of Predatory Lending Scams

Victims of predatory lending scams told their stories to a group of state lawmakers Tuesday. It was the fourth in a series of hearings held statewide to give officials a chance to learn more about how they can help. Experts blame predatory lending for Staten Island’s high foreclosure rate – the highest in the five boroughs. Local resident Trudy Scafiddi says she was misled when taking a loan and now she's paying the price. "We have a mortgage of $2,700 that we just cannot afford and we need the help,” she said.

August 14, 2007

Senator Savino Blasts Senate Gop For Fiscal Irresponsibility

State Senator Diane J. Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) today blasted the Senate's State Senator Diane J.

March 15, 2007
February 21, 2007

Senator Savino And The Port Richmond Cert Team Are Proud To Sponsor The Following Awareness Classes For March.

Port Richmond CERTJohn Tidona-Team Leader718-448-7160portrichcert@yahoo.comMeets every Thursday at 7:30pmCalvery Presbyterian Church-909 Castleton Avenue Staten Island, NY 10301

Calvery Presbyterian Church seats approximately 100. Please RSVP with the number of people attending.

February 21, 2007

Savino Successfully Pushes For The Elimination Of Statute Of Limitations For Violent Sexual Assualt

Senator Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) hailed the passage of legislation, this session, which eliminates the statute of limitations for first-degree rape and sodomy and extends the statute of limitations on civil actions brought by individuals against a criminal offender. “We have sent a clear and powerful message to the men, women, and children of New York: that justice has no expiration date,” said Senator Savino. “Many victims of sexual assault or sexual abuse do not get their day in court, often because the statute of limitations had expired.

June 17, 2006

Staten Island Pols Call For Limits On Rapid Refund Lenders

New York—Senator Diane Savino and Assembly member John Lavelle announced today legislation that will outlaw the predatory practices of those offering rapid tax refunds, otherwise know as rapid anticipation loans (RALs).In recent years, “rapid refunds,” have been aggressively marketed to low-income taxpayers, especially those who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit, with the promise of a quick return.

April 16, 2006

Senator Savino: School Funding Issue Settled?

New York—Senator Diane Savino (D-Brooklyn/Staten Island) commended today the work of activists, parents and especially the work of the Bloomberg Administration for their success in pushing the State Legislature to provide the funds necessary to pay for this year’s share of the NYC Department of Education’s Five Year Plan Capital Plan.Legislative leaders announced yesterday a new agreement, in which Albany would issue $2.6 billion in bonds through the state's dormitory authority.

March 29, 2006

Senator Savino Announces Support For Fair Share For Health Care Act

New York State.“I’m glad to see that a member of theMajority Conference is taking up this issue.

March 8, 2006

Savino Proposes Fair Share Health Care Fund

Albany, NY—In order to set a minimum standard for health care coverage for working New Yorkers, Senator Diane Savino has introduced a proposal called the Fair Share Health Care Fund.

March 7, 2006

Brooklyn Officials Demand State Cfe Funds

In a scene echoed daily throughout the city, students from Sunset Park must travel one to two hours to neighboring schools in Bay Ridge and Coney Island, which are already bursting at the seams. Fort Hamilton High School, for example is at 180% capacity and Telecommunication Arts & Technology is at 130% capacity.“An overcrowded school system affects everyone.

February 27, 2006

Staten Island Elected Officials Demand State Cfe Funds

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity case against was filed over a decade ago.

February 9, 2006

Sen. Savino Introduces Bill To Further Protect Children From Sexual Abuse

“We know that children who are molested by a parent or guardian are much more traumatized than if they’d been assaulted by a stranger. We tell children to be wary of strangers and yet we are doing very little to protect them from their abusers right at home,” said Senator Savino.“It is a glaring injustice to a group of victims who simply cannot fend for themselves.

December 7, 2005

Senators Klein And Savino To Push To Eliminate Statute Of Limitations For Felony Rape & Sodomy

1:00 p.m. at the Minority Conference Room in Albany.New York is one of the few states that has not revisited the statute of limitations for rape or sodomy.Over 19 states, including New Jersey and Maryland, do not have a limit for sex offenses and 12 more have extended their statutes of limitations where there is DNA evidence available.“We should give law enforcement authorities every o

May 1, 2005