Diane Savino

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Diane Savino
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Diane Savino at the 2009 Memorial Day Parade, Staten Island. With Savino is Borough President James Molinaro.
Member of the New York Senate
from the 23rd district
Assumed office
January 1, 2005
Preceded by Seymour P. Lachman
Personal details
Born (1963-09-28) September 28, 1963 (age 51)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Residence Shore Acres, Staten Island
Alma mater St. John's University (B.A.)
Profession Caseworker
Religion Roman Catholic

Diane J. Savino (born September 28, 1963) is a Democratic elected official from New York City, USA.

She currently represents the 23rd Senate District[1] in the New York State Senate, in northern Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn, including Sunset Park and Coney Island.

Early life and career[edit]

Savino was born in Astoria, Queens. 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 children. She was an active member of her local labor union, the Social Service Employees Union, Local 371, DC 37 of AFSCME, and became the Vice President for Political Action & Legislative Affairs

State Senate career[edit]

In 2004, she was elected to represent the 23rd Senatorial District.

On December 2, 2009, Savino voted for same sex marriage legislation, which failed to pass the Senate.[2] Her speech on marriage equality became popular on the Internet.[3] Subsequently in 2011, the marriage equality bill passed to become law.

Savino's environmental record is mixed. Each year, EPL/Environmental Advocates tracks the environmental voting records of the New York State Legislature on bills that could help or harm our air, land, and water and publishes them in our annual scorecard, known as the Voters’ Guide. In 2009 and 2010, Savino earned 77 and 81 points out of a 100.[4] In 2011, she earned 78 points, but in 2012, Savino earned just 38 points.[5]


Savino's boyfriend is fellow independent Democratic state senator Jeffrey Klein.[6] She lives by herself in Staten Island.[6] The Italian American politician is known for her early to bed, early to rise lifestyle and weekly commutes every Sunday afternoon to Albany during the legislative session.[6] She is a self-admitted "neurotic cleaner".[6] Assemblyman Matthew Titone once tricked her into cleaning his apartment.[6]

Election results for state senate in 2004[edit]

  • Diane J. Savino : 39,833 votes[1]
  • Al Curtis : 23,361 votes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b http://www.nysenate.gov/district/23
  2. ^ http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2009/12/gay-marriage-fails-24-38.html
  3. ^ http://www.newser.com/story/75375/ny-senator-diane-savino-wins-over-internet.html
  4. ^ EPL "EPL Voter's Guide 2010" (PDF). August 1, 2010. p. 15. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ EPL "EPL Voter's Guide 2012" (PDF). August 1, 2012. p. 20. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Elizabeth A. Harris, "Cleanliness Is Next to Politics," New York Times, March 27, 2011, WE section p. 2.

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Seymour P. Lachman
New York State Senate, 23rd District
Political offices
Preceded by
Andrew Lanza
Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Civil Service and Pensions
Succeeded by
Bill Larkin
Preceded by
Patrick Gallivan
Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Children and Families