IDC, Assemb. Ortiz, Join 10-year-old Heart Transplant Survivor to Push for Life-Saving Legislation 'Lauren's Law' to Increase Organ Donation Passed Important Committee Vote Today

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Independent Democratic Conference and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, (D-Brooklyn) joined 10-year-old heart transplant survivor Lauren Shields and her family today in a push for life saving legislation.

The measure, “Lauren's Law,” would prohibit a driver's license application from being processed unless the organ donation section is filled out. Applicants would have to check a box stating “yes,” or “not at this time.” There currently is an organ donation section on the application, but it is not required to be filled out.

This change would increase organ donation in New York, which is ranked last in the country for the number of new donors.

April 5, 2011


 NEW YORK- Senator Diane J. Savino announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for $1,500 scholarships to be awarded in June at their Annual Conference Weekend.

“Given the high costs of college, every opportunity must be made by local students and their working families to meet their required expenses with scholarships as well as with student loans, available financial aid, and personal contributions,” said Senator Savino. “I highly recommend that our area’s students apply to the Conference for these prestigious scholarships so that they may hopefully secure as much extra help with their expenses as possible.”

April 4, 2011

At Staten Island Senior Center, State Pols Tip Caps Over Restoration of $22.5M in Funding

By Deborah E. Young

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island’s Albany delegation swept into the Todt Hill Friendship Club today, and in front of a boisterous crowd of more than 200 seniors, touted their success in restoring $22.5 million for senior centers in the first on-time state budget passed in five years.

But the two state senators and four assembly members cautioned there are no guarantees the city will keep their beloved center intact, saying they will now lean on the city to honor the facilities they called key to seniors’ quality of life.

April 4, 2011

Committee Meeting: Children and Families Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families Senator Diane Savino, Chair 1:00 PM, Monday, April 4, 2011 Room 123 CAP

April 4, 1:00 PM - 1:02 PM

Staten Island Delegation Join Family of Caroline Wimmer in Push to Modernize Criminal Laws; Protect Crime Victims

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Staten Island Legislative Delegation joined the family of the late Caroline Wimmer, on the second anniversary of her tragic death, to push for the passage of important legislation named in her memory.

The bill, (S.3958/A.6376), would make it a felony for public servants to broadcast unauthorized crime scene images that were taken during the course of their official duties.

In March 2009, an EMT responding to the scene of Wimmer's death posted a picture of the victim on Facebook. This photo was later discovered by Caroline's mother, Marti Wimmer.

March 30, 2011

Senator Diane Savino’s Ferry Report Card

State Sen. Diane Savino dispatched staff to the St. George Ferry Terminal to man a mobile office. They responded to constituents’ queries, complaints and distributed and collected ferry report cards. Curtis HS students assisted in the collection and distribution in the afternoon.

Ms. Savino (D-North Shore) said she’s interested in riders’ opinions of the retail options in the terminals, and what additional amenities they might prefer.

Also, “the last survey highlighted the ferry riders’ discontent with bathroom cleanliness, buses/ferry coordination, smokers and security on the bus ramps,” Ms. Savino said. “I am interested to see what progress, if any, has been made in those areas.”

March 24, 2011

Staten Island Ferry Report Card

Thank you for taking the time to fill out the “Staten Island Ferry Report Card”. Your opinions matter! Please mark the answers to the questions as indicated and click submit.

March 21, 2011

NY1 Covers Senator Savino's push for Caroline's Law

Thank you to Caroline's Parents for being activists on this issue.

March 18, 2011

Senator Diane Savino and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis' Women History Month Celebration

As they recognize the contributions of three exceptional women from our community:

Marjorie Hack, Editor of Shores Section, Staten Island Advance

Edwina Frances Martin, Vice President of American Association of

University Women’s Staten Island Chapter

Leticia Remauro, Chairwoman of Community Board #

March 15, 2011