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Just Try Stealing From Your Workers Once This New Law Goes On the BooksBy Tom Robbins, Thu., Dec. 2 2010 @ 8:46AM Categories: Albany, Crime and Punishment, Featured, Labor, Tom Robbins  Morgan Schweitzer

You don't get to celebrate too many victories on the state legislative level these days, but there should be a few loud cheers for its passage this week of a new law that makes it a bigger crime to steal wages from your workers.The bill means the next time an employer flips off a worker like Vicente Martinez Ávila -- whose story of working hundreds of hours of overtime in a Brooklyn cemetery for nothing is told in this week's Voice -- he risks getting slammed with tough penalties.

December 9, 2010
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State Legislature OKs Savino-Sponsored Wage-Protection Bill

State Legislature OKs Savino-sponsored wage-protection bill Published: Thursday, December 02, 2010, 7:52 AM     Updated: Thursday, December 02, 2010, 7:59 AM Tom Wrobleski

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- State Sen. Diane Savino hailed Assembly passage yesterday of a bill she sponsored in the Senate, which she said would protect workers from "unscrupulous employers" who "steal" their earnings by paying less than minimum wage.

"Stealing from employees not only hurts families, it hurts communities," said Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn). "It also makes honest employers less competitive."

But Staten Island business leaders said the new measure could drive up costs for borough small businesses and consumers.

December 9, 2010
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Assembly Passes Wage Boosts For Workers

Published: December 01, 2010 12:50 PMModified: December 01, 2010 2:13 PM Assembly passes wage boosts for workers

One bill quadruples penalties for employers who don't follow minimum wage and overtime laws; a second bill nearly triples the pay for certain building-service workers.

 By Daniel Massey

The Assembly overwhelmingly approved two measures Tuesday aimed at raising standards for low-wage workers across the state.

Some lawmakers argue that wage theft not only hurts workers, but makes it tougher for businesses that follow the law to remain competitive. The new law would also boost state tax revenues by about $50 million a year, advocates said.

December 9, 2010
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Legislature Passes Forceful Protection Against Wage Theft

On Tuesday, November 30, 2010 the New York State Assembly gave final legislative approval to the Wage Theft Prevention Act (A11726/S8380), introduced by Assemblymember Carl Heastie and Senator Diane Savino. Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, a prime sponsor of the bill who had spoken in favor of immediate passage at an event organized by supporters on Monday, called the Assembly’s action “a major victory for justice and decency in the way we treat workers, especially low-wage workers, in New York.”

December 9, 2010
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NY Wage Protection Bill Approved By Legislature

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Assembly has given final legislative approval to a measure that toughens penalties on bosses who illegally withhold workers' pay.Sen. Diane Savino, sponsor of the bill, says Gov. David Paterson is expected to sign it.

One survey estimates New York City employers shortchange their low-wage workers by almost $1 billion a year.

—Copyright 2010 Associated Press

To Read More: http://online.wsj.com/article/APf3e0cf8aac1a4f1abd4d22633ecc9396.html

December 9, 2010
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Extend ‘R’ to Staten Island, Savino Suggests

A New Version of an Old PlanBy Harold EgelnBrooklyn Daily Eagle

SOUTHWEST BROOKLYN — Board the R subway at DeKalb Avenue and exit the R on ... Victory Boulevard on Staten Island?

“If the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) wants to truly move people out of their cars and onto rail, extending a subway to Staten Island is the way to do it,” said Savino making her proposal recently.

To Read More: http://www.brooklyneagle.com/categories/category.php?category_id=31&id=39763

December 9, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR DIANE J. SAVINO ON THE NYC OTB REORGANIZATION LEGISLATION

“I am deeply disappointed in today’s refusal, on the part of certain members of the State Senate, to put decency and common sense before playing politics.  “In saying ‘no’ to saving the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, they said no to the more than 1,000 workers who are now left jobless, smack dab in the middle of the holiday season. They said no to millions of dollars worth of revenue that the entire state benefits from.  They said no to the thousands of other jobs and industries—throughout the state—that are created and fueled by the New York City OTB.   “Instead they voted yes to partisanship and political grandstanding, and the unfortunate victims are taxpayers and the hundreds of workers who are now unemployed.” 

December 7, 2010
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LEGISLATURE PASSES HISTORIC WAGE THEFT PROTECTION ACT

Groundbreaking legislation ensuring all workers receive fair pay

 

December 1, 2010
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List of Food programs in 10301, 10302, 10303, 10304, 10305, 10310 and 10314

Hello All,In preparation for the upcoming holiday season, the Food Bank has provided a list of available food pantries in the area. For those who need assistance, the Food Bank’s Food Program Locator lists (by zip-code) the food pantries, soup kitchens, and senior centers that are funded by the Food Bank For New York City .  Please consult the attached pdf file for a list of programs by zip code. For the most up to date information, please consult:  http://www.foodbanknyc.org/go/our-programs/our-food-program-network/food-program-locator

Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday,

Diane J. Savino23rd Senate District

File: 
List of EFPs -select zips[1].pdf

November 24, 2010
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So Where's Staten Island's Subway Line?

So now Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing his own version of a rail tunnel connection between Manhattan and New Jersey. Plans call for the No. 7 line to be extended to 12th Avenue and 34th Street on the West Side. But the mayor has floated the idea of extending the No. 7 subway line even farther, into New Jersey Transit’s hub at the Secaucus Junction station.

November 24, 2010
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Building a Subway to Staten Island With ARC Dollars

By Benjamin Kabak

 

While New York City’s rail plans for Staten Island include just a modest proposal to reactivate the North Shore rail line and Mayor Bloomberg wants to spend the federal government’s $3 billion left over from the ARC Tunnel on a 7 line extension to Secaucus, one Staten Island politician would prefer to see the city deliver on a long-promised subway line to the island. State Senator Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) said this weekend that instead of pursuing a subway extension to New Jersey that “flies in the face of practicality and fairness,” the city should connect Staten Island to the rest of New York’s extensive subway system.

November 24, 2010
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On Staten Island, 500 Care Packages Prepared For Soldiers and 900 Turkeys Given Away

Published: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 7:16 AM

Maura Yates

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Islanders participated in a variety of events yesterday to celebrate the season of giving, and share with those who are facing hard times this Thanksgiving.

Sen. Diane Savino joined with the Staten Island chapter of the New York Urban League, along with Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union, Local 338, and other organizations to distribute bags filled with 14-pound turkeys and all the fixings to more than 200 needy families.

November 24, 2010
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Savino Calls For Subway, Rail Links For Staten Island With Floating $3B in Federal Funding

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island should get first crack at $3 billion in federal transportation funding that Mayor Bloomberg would like to see used to extend the No. 7 subway line to New Jersey, state Sen. Diane Savino said."If the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) wants to truly move people out of their cars and onto rail, extending a subway to the Island is the way to do it," said Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn). "The MTA should complete a 1912 plan that would have rail and freight access from the terminus of Victory Boulevard to Brooklyn, along 67th Street, and then utilize the R train route along Fourth Avenue. The projected cost of the plan is $3 billion, the same as the extension of the 7 line under the Hudson River."

November 20, 2010
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State Sen. Diane Savino Teams With Union to Donate Thanksgiving Turkeys

Published: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 6:52 AM     Updated: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 9:37 AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Just in time for the holiday.

November 17, 2010
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October 22, 2010
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Senator Diane Savino Speaks at the NYC Wedding March 2010

Watch Senator Savino speak on the issue of gay marriage on September 26 at the 7th NYC Wedding March.

From: http://www.vimeo.com/15404557

October 22, 2010
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Staten Island Woman Gets a $10G Gift From Beyond

From the Staten Island Advance

October 22, 2010
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S.I. Woman Gets $10,000 Surprise From State

By: NY1 NewsA Staten Island woman who was once homeless got a big surprise Thursday when she learned there was money just sitting in a bank waiting for her.Penny Martin was living in a homeless shelter when she learned that a man she had dated when she was a teenager left her $10,000."I remember this man saying to me that, 'If anything happens to me I just want you to know that you are going to be my beneficiary.' And I was young I didn't have the slightest clue what this person was talking about, but when you get older and you start working and paying bills money stays on your mind," Martin said.State Senator Diane Savino's office helped her reclaim the money.



October 22, 2010
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October 22, 2010
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