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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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NY Woman Gets $10,000 From Unclaimed Funds

The Associated Press • October 22, 2010NEW YORK — Penny Martin won't have to be pinching pennies any more.The Staten Island woman recently discovered that she was the beneficiary of a $10,000 life insurance policy held by a former boyfriend who died in 1985.On Thursday, Martin was presented with a check from the state's unclaimed funds at a news conference attended by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and state Sen. Diane Savino.The state has $10.5 billion in unclaimed funds dating to the 1940s. It includes unclaimed insurance policies, lapsed bank accounts and other property.To Read More: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20101022/NATIONWORLD/101022008/NY...

October 22, 2010
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‘Women Against Violence’ Celebrate New Art Calendar

Anti-Domestic Abuse Group Is Affiliated With MaimonidesBy Harold Egeln
Brooklyn Daily EagleBAY RIDGE — Brooklyn artists and photographers collaborated with Gallery 364 to create a new empowering venture for the borough’s Women Against Violence organization: a 2010-2011 calendar featuring 15 artworks.“The art and photographs are all winning artworks featured from the ‘Empowerment’ art exhibit and competition back in June that we had for the organization,” said photographer Georgine Benvenuto, founder of Gallery 364. The gallery and art studio occupy the entire first floor of her historic circa-1910 limestone house.

October 22, 2010
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Make a Chef a Celebrity At Health Action Contest

From the Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI) is holding its fourth annual Celebrity Chefs competition Monday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. at LiGreci's Staaten, West Brighton. Tickets may be purchased in advance or on the night of the event for $65 each; call Ronnie DiGiacomo at 718-808-1403. Honorary co-chairs are Jane Milza of Grasmere, former Food Editor of the Staten Island Advance and Alfred Cerullo, president/CEO of Grand Central Partnership, Manhattan.

State senators Diane Savino and Andrew Lanza will be vying against each other. Similarly, there will be a friendly competition going between two prominent Soroptimists, Joan Galestro and Fran Reali.

October 22, 2010
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Vallone Marches With Caucus In Columbus Day Parade - Next Edition!

City Councilmembers Vincent Gentile and Daniel Halloran, Columbus Day Parade Grand Marshal Maria Bartiromo, state Senator Diane Savino and Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr.

October 20, 2010
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New Leadership at Staten Island's Snug Harbor

Published: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 12:38 AM     Updated: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 7:09 AM

By Michael J. Fressola  Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The incoming new boss of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden is a 37-year-old former Staten Islander, an urban planner who spearheaded the redevelopment of Coney Island.

State Sen. Diane Savino said yesterday she got to know Ms. Kelly over the past few years and called her "a wonderful addition to Staten Island," adding, "She has a fabulous relationship with City Hall and I'm very happy that she's coming over to this side of the bridge."

October 8, 2010
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With Unemployment Stubbornly High, Staten Island Job Fair Draws A Crowd

Published: Wednesday, October 06, 2010, 7:46 AM     Updated: Wednesday, October 06, 2010, 7:47 AM

By Maura Yates , Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. --  Derrick Hinton finished a year’s worth of school to become a certified medical assistant and has volunteered with cancer patients at a Brooklyn hospital.

Last year, some 15-18 percent of the 1,200 job-seekers received offers, said John Mastellone of the Labor Department. Yesterday’s event was a meet-and-greet, where applicants could drop off résumés and hope for a callback for a proper interview.

October 8, 2010
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Special Tees to Mark 15 Years with Open House Thursday

Special Tees to Mark 15 Years with Open House Thursday

Published: Monday, October 04, 2010, 5:11 AM     Updated: Monday, October 04, 2010, 5:12 AM

Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Special Tees will mark its 15th anniversary with an open house Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the headquarters of its parent organization, Community Resources, at 3450 Victory Blvd., Travis.

Event sponsors include: Richmond County Savings Foundation, Northfield Bank Foundation, Bloomberg Family Foundation, state Sens. Diane Savino and Andrew Lanza, state Assemblymembers Matthew Titone and Janele Hyer-Spencer, and Councilmen James Oddo and Vincent Ignizio.

October 8, 2010
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Sunday is 'Coming Out Day' for Staten Island's Gay Community

Published: Friday, October 01, 2010, 11:52 AM     Updated: Friday, October 01, 2010, 11:57 AM

Jim Smith, Staten Island Advance

For the first time our LGBT Community has been invited to participate in a parade other than our own Gay Pride Parade in June. The Staten Island Columbus Day parade will be Sunday on New Dorp Lane. Staten Island Pride Events (SIPE) will proudly carry their banner on the South Shore.

If you would like to march with the group, meet them at noon in front of New Dorp High School, just below Hylan Blvd. State Sen. Diane Savino will join us in solidarity of our LGBT community. For information contact sipridevents@gmail.com

October 1, 2010
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You Should Veto 'Unfunded and Unfeasible' FDNY Training Bill, Mayor Bloomberg Tells Gov. Paterson

BY Erin Einhorn DAILY NEWS CITY HALL BUREAU

Thursday, September 30th 2010, 4:00 AM

Mayor Bloomberg is imploring Gov. Paterson to douse an FDNY training bill that he says would burn taxpayers for nearly $30 million.

The Legislature-approved proposal, now sitting on Paterson's desk, would force the city to give all FDNY officers 80 additional hours of rigorous training in new building codes that were instituted in the wake of the tragic 2007 blaze at the former Deutsche Bank building.

"In order to prevent a tragedy from happening again, we've got to train the fire officers," said state Sen. Diane Savino (D-S.I.), the bill's sponsor.

September 30, 2010
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