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 State 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 54)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic (IDC)
Residence Shore Acres, Staten Island
Alma mater St. John's University (B.A.)
Profession Caseworker

Diane J. Savino (born September 28, 1963) is a Democratic politician representing 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. Savino is a member of the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of eight state senators who run as Democratic candidates, but support the Republican Party once elected to the Senate.[2][3]

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 and has been re-elected five times since.

On December 2, 2009, Savino voted for same sex marriage legislation, which failed to pass the Senate.[4] Her speech on same-sex marriage became popular on the Internet.[5] Subsequently in 2011, the same-sex marriage bill passed to become law.

In 2011, Savino joined a small breakaway group of NY Democrats, Jeffrey D. Klein, David J. Valesky, and David Carlucci, called the IDC (Independent Democratic Conference) that shared control of the Senate with the Republican conference despite a Democratic majority.

When the Republican Conference won enough seats for outright control of the Senate in 2014 Savino and the rest of the IDC chose to remain aligned with them.[6]

As a member of the IDC, Savino votes for the Republicans' leadership slate in the state senate, and is rewarded by the Republican party with a stipend, known as a "lulu," worth $13,500 a year, designated by Legislative Law 5-1 for the chairman of the Codes committee.[7] Republicans named her only vice-chairwoman of that committee, however, reserving the chairmanship for one of their own, and in order to send money to Savino, payroll officials falsified state documents.[8]

Each year, EPL/Environmental Advocates tracks the environmental voting records of the New York State Legislature. In 2009 and 2010, Savino earned 77 and 81 points out of a 100.[9] In 2011, she earned 78 points, but in 2012, Savino earned just 38 points.[10]


Savino dates fellow independent Democratic state senator Jeffrey Klein.[11] She lives by herself in Staten Island.[11] 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.[11] She is a self-admitted "neurotic cleaner".[11] Assemblyman Matthew Titone once tricked her into cleaning his apartment.[11]

Election results for state senate[edit]

  • Diane J. Savino was first elected to the state senate in 2004 with 39,833 votes; her Republican opponent, Al Curtis, received 23,361 votes[1]
  • In 2008, Savino was re-elected for District 23 with 46,386 votes. Her Republican opponent, Richard Thomas, received 12,621 votes.
  • In 2012, she was again elected, with 50,553 votes, whilst her Republican opponent, Lisa Grey, received 15,131 votes.[12]
  • In both the 2010 and 2014 elections, Savino was unopposed in the general election.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b http://www.nysenate.gov/district/23
  2. ^ "Independent Democrats Ally With Republicans To Take New York Senate". Huffington Post. December 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ McKinley, Jesse (May 9, 2017). "For Group of Breakaway Democrats in New York, It Pays to Be No. 2". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-10-04. 
  4. ^ "Gay Marriage Fails 24-38". New York Daily News. 2009-12-03. Archived from the original on December 5, 2009. 
  5. ^ http://www.newser.com/story/75375/ny-senator-diane-savino-wins-over-internet.html
  6. ^ http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/11/8556260/klein-diminished-still-desired-sides-power
  7. ^ McKinley, Jesse (May 9, 2017). "For Group of Breakaway Democrats in New York, It Pays to Be No. 2". New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2017. 
  8. ^ McKinley, Jesse (May 11, 2017). "False Payroll Information Allows 3 State Senators to Collect Thousands". New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Voter's Guide 2010 - New York State" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  10. ^ "Voter's Guide 2010 - New York State" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  11. ^ a b c d e Elizabeth A. Harris, "Cleanliness Is Next to Politics," New York Times, March 27, 2011, WE section p. 2.
  12. ^ Diane J. Savino, Vote in 2012 General Election, New York State Senate. 29 January 2014. Accessed 2 May 2015.

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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 & Families
Succeeded by
Tony Avella
Preceded by
Hugh Farley
Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Banks