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Savino Offers $500 scholarship to Juneteenth Essay Contest Winner
St George- State Senator Diane J. Savino (D-I-WF Staten Island) will bring Juneteenth, a celebration of African American freedom, to Staten Island for the first time as an elected official sponsored event. Juneteenth is a celebration commemorating the day many slaves first heard the emancipation proclamation for the first time and realized their freedom. June nineteenth of 1865, slaves in Galveston, Texas were read the emancipation proclamation and word spread rather quickly plantation to plantation that they were no longer slaves, but free men and women.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Archbishop of Naples, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, visited Casa Belvedere, The Italian Cultural Foundation, Grymes Hill, Thursday as part of a tour of the five boroughs. One of the most notable leaders in Naples and of Italy's Campania region, Cardinal Sepe was in New York City this week for a series of events, "Dire Napoli" (Telling Naples) -- "Don't Close the Door on Hope," promoting Naples. He was accompanied to Casa Belvedere by Francesco Talo, counsel general of Italy, and Vincenzo Scotti, under-secretary for foreign affairs of Italy.
Job Creation This past October, New York State was given the dubious distinction of having the least hospitable tax climate in the nation. The key to job creation in New York is removing obstacles to business investment and business creation through broad-based reforms that benefit all sizes and types of employers all across the state. Streamlining Upstate NY Economic Development Efforts to Attract and Retain Businesses