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.
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.
The MTA held a public hearing on Staten Island Tuesday night to discuss a proposed fare hike, and NY1’s Amanda Farinacci explains in the following report, residents there say service on the island is so bad the agency should be giving them a discount. Tuesday night's fare hike meeting may have been sparsely attended, but then again, it was held at a time when most residents are stuck in traffic – during the evening rush hour.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.