Published: Saturday, July 10, 2010, 6:19 AM Updated: Saturday, July 10, 2010, 6:20 AM
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Most of the news coming out of Albany in recent weeks has been about the Legislature's dysfunction and the late state budget. But legislation was passed and some interesting bills offered.
Published: Saturday, July 17, 2010, 12:24 AM Updated: Saturday, July 17, 2010,
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Gov. David Paterson yesterday struck down a controversial NYPD stop-and-frisk database -- the very tool that police say helped them solve a savage crime in Port Richmond last spring.
The governor wielded his pen to eliminate the massive database of putative criminals, which included everyone whom police stopped on Staten Island and in the other boroughs, questioned, and sent on their way.
Paterson derided the former practice as "not a policy for a democracy."
State Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) hailed the new law.
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York domestic workers will be the first in the U.S. guaranteed overtime pay, as well as time off and protections against sexual harassment, under a measure given final legislative approval Thursday.
An advocacy group, Domestic Workers United, estimates there are 200,000 domestic workers in New York City. The group said it found about one-third reported verbal or physical abuse by employers, and two-thirds said they never received overtime pay.
5. New York Senator Diane Savino On Marriage Equality BillSpeaking before the vote for Marriage Equality in New York, Senator Savino dismantles the arguments against gay marriage in style, with perhaps her most important, yet at the same time most simple point of all being “We have nothing to fear from love and commitment”.
Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 6:44 AM
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Two gay men from Stapleton put the community and their assailants on notice last night: They are not afraid, and justice will be served.
Luis Vieira, 47, and his partner, Richard Vieira, 39, addressed a meeting organized by the Staten Island LGBT Center, Tompkinsville, in response to the brutal beating to which they were subjected last week by a large group of African Americans at the White Castle restaurant on Bay Street.
(Albany, NY) Groundbreaking legislation ensuring all workers receive fair pay has been passed by the New York State Senate Majority. The legislation (S8380), sponsored by Senator Diane J. Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn), will enforce tough penalties for employers who fail to meet minimum wage requirements, protecting thousands of hard working men and women across New York State. Every day countless workers across the state face rampant abuse on the job.
"Today the New York State Legislature passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, making New York a leader again in worker protections. Domestic Workers, who have fought for years for dignity and respect in the workplace, are trailblazers and you will soon see states across the country follow suit," said Senator Diane J. Savino.
ALBANY -- New York State Senators passed another emergency extender.
They also voted, along party lines, to increase the tax on cigarettes.
"And that $1.60 a pack extra may not make as many people quit as we would like, but will tell you what it will do. It will prevent that next 12-year-old from buying cigarettes," said Senator Diane Savino (D - Brooklyn/Staten Island).
(Albany, NY) The New York State Senate passed a comprehensive package of legislation expanding services and increasing access for senior citizens, Senator Savino (D-Brooklyn/Staten Island) has announced.
Students at a public elementary school in Coney Island will no longer have to eat lunch and play ball in the same space.
The city broke ground today on a gymnasium to serve the 600 students at Michael E. Berdy Public School 188 on Neptune Avenue. Since the 85-year-old school has never had a gym, its cafeteria has been used for the dual purpose
(Albany, NY) Senator Diane J. Savino, joined her colleagues in Senate Majority in passing a legislative package which fundamentally restructures matrimonial law to improve the process and outcome of divorce for all New Yorkers, particularly women and children who are often the most vulnerable when marriages are dissolved.
(Albany, NY) Senator Diane J. Savino, President of the Italian American Legislators, hosted the organization’s annual conference, this Sunday, June 13th and Monday, Junje 14th. The two day event, attended by participants from the entire state, coincided with the 150thAnniversary of the Unification of Italy and was a celebration of Italy’s rich culture and its contributions to this country, featuring performances, panel discussions, as well as informational lectures on the unique issues that aging Italian Americans face. Dr.