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Source: Thomas Good via Wikimedia Commons

The glasses are coming off for this one. State Senator Diane Savino (Source: Thomas Good via Wikimedia Commons)

Last week, the city mistakenly transferred nearly $300 million into the bank accounts of 31,000 retired cops and firefighters, a blunder that State Senator Diane Savino and other Senate leaders will soon investigate through hearings.

The Daily News wrote:

The city Financial Information Services Agency, which is jointly overseen by the offices of the city controller and the mayor, electronically transferred a $12,000-per-person supplement normally distributed in December. The city on Friday began getting the money back.

“This is a major screwup,” said Sen. Diane Savino, the Staten Island Democrat who chairs the Senate Labor Committee that will hold the hearing jointly with the chamber’s Civil Service and Pensions Committee. “How do you just release $300 million? How does that happen?

City officials blamed a coding error as the city was testing out a new direct-deposit program.

But Savino and the other members of the committee aren’t satisfied with that excuse. Savino said they will try to find out if there were oversight problems or software glitches. Savino and her colleagues also hope to find out whether or not similar incidents have occurred before.

In the meantime, JPMorgan Chase, the city’s custodian bank, restored all funds to the pension system as it works to recover the payouts from the retirees.

Savino Anti Bullying NYC

Seantor Diane Savino. Source: Thomas Good via Wikimedia Commons

The paradigm has shifted in schools across the country. Bullying is now taken very seriously as lawmakers and educational leaders continue to raise awareness and work on remedy techniques to help children who are victims.

State Senator Diane Savino doesn’t want it to stop there. She has co-sponsored a bill that aims to protect adults that are bullied in the workplace.

It is called the Healthy Workplace Bill S.4289 and Savino hopes the legislation will get a passing vote in June.

Workplace bullying is not uncommon. One in six one in six American workers are affected, according to

Monday, Savino hosted a press conference describing the bill along with Maria Morrissey, sister of Kevin Morrissey, the editor who committed suicide due to workplace bullying.

At the meeting, victims of abusive work environments spoke out in favor of the bill.

“I continue to go through the trauma of gossiping, back stabbing, sabotage, false allegations about my work performance,” said Diana Whitaker, a US Air Force Veteran, RN and paramedic.

The bill aims to help employees who develop health problems because of workplace bullying by allowing them to sue the bully and hold the employer accountable. The legislation would also give employers the power to fire the bully.

Tell us readers, have you ever experienced adult workplace bullying?

While the phrase, “a rising tide lifts all boats” has often been used in defense of tax cuts for those with higher incomes, a newly released report concludes that a slight increase in income for New York’s lowest earners could add a significant boost to the state’s economy. Continue Reading »


State Senator Diane Savino thinks the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC) dropped the ball in what should have been an easy lay up of a senate race between Democratic City Councilman Lew Fidler and Republican attorney David Sorobin.

Savino, a former co-chair of the DSCC, made her opinion public in an article posted late yesterday by Times Union political blogger Jimmy Veilkind.

The two major sources of Savino’s scorn? DSCC Chairman Mike Gianaris and Democrat go-to election consultants the Parkside Group – which she did not refer to by name. The Parkside Group had run David Weprin’s unsuccessful Congressional bid against Republican Bob Turner. Continue Reading »

In the above video, posted on website Politics On The Hudson, State Senator Diane Savino speaks at a rally for the New York State Professional Firefighters Association outside the State Capitol in Albany.

Savino, a former labor leader, defends public pensions and comments on the state of the American labor movement in what blogger Joseph Spector describes as a fiery speech. Continue Reading »