Diane Savino earned her B.A. in Psychology from St. John’s
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1986. She began her career
in public service as a Caseworker for New York City’s Child Welfare
Administration, providing direct assistance to abused and neglected
An active member of her local labor union, she quickly rose
through the ranks to become the Vice President for Political Action
and Legislative Affairs, where she became one of the most respected
labor leaders in New York State. As a labor official, she
successfully campaigned for an increase in the minimum wage from
$5.15 to $7.15—the first raise for New Yorkers in over a
In 2004, she was elected to represent the 23rd Senatorial District,
which encompasses the North and East Shores of Staten Island and
portions of Southern Brooklyn, including Bensonhurst, Brighton
Beach, Coney Island, Dyker Heights, Gravesend and Sunset Park.
Among the laws she has had enacted is the first in the nation
Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, expanding basic worker protection
rights to domestic workers; the Prompt Pay Bill, which ensures
prompt payment to construction contractors and their employees and
the Wage Theft Prevention Act, assessing preventative and punitive
measures on employers that steal income from their employees.
She currently serves as Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on
Labor and has previously served as Chair of both the Civil Service
and Pensions Committee and the Children and Families Committee.
From those committees she authored the law that would limit public
authorities from contracting out for services that can be performed
by public employees; provided a cost-of-living increase in the
death benefit for widows and widowers of police officers and
firefighters killed in the line of duty and expanded and made
permanent the Family Differential Response (FAR) Program.
Local initiatives include the establishment of a Quiet Zone on the
Staten Island Ferry; Ferry and Express Bus Service Surveys; a
Mobile District Office; Back to School Fairs; Women’s Health
Events; a series of hearings on the foreclosure and subprime
lending crisis; district-wide workshops for senior citizens on the
Medicare prescription drug plan, and statewide hearings on HPV, the
virus that causes cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine.