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.
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."
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
by Audrey Arthur, staff writerSeptember 21, 2010 5:32 PM Domestic workers in California may be next in the long line of employees waiting to be included in protective labor laws. The California Senate passed the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights on Aug. 23. and it will soon be reviewed by the California State Assembly and the next governor.
The upcoming bill, which is scheduled to appear before the next legislator in 2011, will include such rights as equal overtime pay, equal right to worker's compensation and the right to five hours uninterrupted sleep in adequate conditions.
STATEN ISLAND, NY - CASTLETON CORNERS - The skies were still dark on Saturday morning when William Ambio began hosing down the grounds of the Todt Hill Houses and setting up tables in preparation for a communitywide celebration.
by New York State Department of TransportationALBANY, NY (09/20/2010)(readMedia)-- New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Commissioner Stanley Gee today was joined by Congressman Michael McMahon, Borough President James Molinaro and Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez to mark the start of construction on a $74.8 million project to reconstruct and modernize a 1.8-mile segment of the Staten Island Expressway (SIE), the main commuter and freight corridor in Staten Island and one of the most heavily traveled highways in New York City. The project is funded by both the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the 2005 New York State Bond Act.
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Staten Island school supply giveaway gets an A+
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The first day of school is still a few weeks off, but Desilva Christopher will be ready.
“This is pretty cool,” said Desilva, 11, a student at Prall Intermediate School, West Brighton, as he clutched a bag of free school supplies yesterday. “I have notebooks now. I have pencils.”
Desilva and his sister, Rogerline, 10, who goes to PS 25, Pleasant Plains, were among the nearly 1,000 people who lined up on Wright Street outside the Central Family Life Center, Stapleton, to participate in state Sen. Diane Savino’s second annual “Back to School Blast.”
Published: Saturday, September 04, 2010, 7:57 AM Staten Island Advance Editorial They have been excluded for decades from protection under virtually all of America’s labor laws. Now the rights of household workers are being guaranteed in our state, the first in the nation to establish basic rules for their employment.
In a historic step, Gov. Paterson has signed into law job benefits for domestic employees, including nannies, housekeepers and companions to the sick and elderly.
Ms. Savino is optimistic, of course.
“With the signing of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights,” she says, “we will dramatically improve the lives of those who care for our children, our seniors and our homes, those who make all other work possible.”
By Sen. Diane Savino There is a class war brewing between the haves and the havenots. According to a recent column in the New York Times, the "haves" are public-sector employees who enjoy "cadillac pensions" and the "have-nots" are those in the private sector who don’t.
In recent months, right-wing think tanks and elected officials have been beating the drum that the decent wages and benefits that public employees enjoy are the cause of our economic woes.
News sources frequently cite accounts of those scamming the system by earning two pensions or skirting overtime rules. The perception is that most public employees retire with $100,000 pensions, Page when 1 the truth is the average pension is $33,000 a year.
Paterson Signs Landmark Bill of Rights For Domestic Workers
Domestic workers in New York are now guaranteed more rights than anywhere in the nation.
Governor David Paterson signed the Domestic Workers' Rights bill into law this morning.
Domestic workers watch in an overflow room as Paterson signs the workers' rights bill. "Nowhere have domestic workers been able to gain any level of decency, dignity, respect and recognition by the law. That changes today," said State Senator Diane Savino.
New York is the first state in the U.S. to enact such sweeping protection for domestic workers.