Come One and All to Borough Hall’s Tree Lighting Ceremony!
Christmas Tree Lighting at Borough Hall
Borough President James P. Molinaro invites children and their parents to join him and Santa Claus for the official lighting of the Borough Hall Christmas Tree on Thursday, December 12th at 6:00 p.m. on the Richmond Terrace Promenade.
Santa will delight the children with his arrival in a fire truck and distribute toys from American manufacturers.
Holiday entertainment will be provided by local students and refreshments will be served.
Borough President James P. Molinaro is asking Staten Islanders to give the “gift of life” this holiday season at his annual Holiday Blood Drive on Tuesday, December 17th from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Conference Room 122 of Borough Hall.
"The holidays are traditionally a slow time for blood donations, but the need for blood is constant, no matter what the season is," said Molinaro. "The New York Blood Center must collect 2,000 donations each day to support Staten Island's hospitals and those in the New York metro area. So during this season of giving, please take a few moments to give the greatest gift of all -- the 'Gift of Life.' Donate blood and the life you save may be that of a loved one."
Unveiling of new leopard exhibit: Deputy Borough President Ed Burke, Councilman James Oddo, Borough President James P. Molinaro, SI Zoo Executive Director Ken Mitchell, and President William J. Frew
Thanks to local elected officials, the Staten Island Zoo now has a brand-new habitat for its Amur Leopards, which is one of the rarest species of big cat in the world. The $3.5 million exhibit was funded by Borough President James P. Molinaro, Councilman James Oddo, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. “It was wonderful to see the ribbon cut on this new exhibit, and I encourage Staten Islanders of all ages to come visit our Zoo,” Molinaro said.
B.P. Molinaro Breaks Ground for New Animal Shelter
Ground breaking for the new Staten Island Animal Care Center in Charleston
Borough President Molinaro was joined by Councilmembers James Oddo and Vincent Ignizio, City agency heads, and Animal Care & Control of NYC to break ground for a new, state-of-the-art Staten Island Animal Care Center in Charleston, the only City-funded animal shelter in the Borough.
Molinaro and the New York City Department of Health funded the $7.3 million construction of the expanded and modernized facility to manage the approximately 2,400 homeless pets that arrive at the Veterans Road West shelter every year. Construction on the new shelter is expected to start in January 2014 and be completed in April 2015.
Molinaro said, “In the final months of my administration, I am pleased to get a shovel in the ground on this very important project for Staten Island. I am determined to bring this shelter into the 21st Century by building a brand new facility and improving the conditions for both the animals and the staff. All of us involved on this project were inspired by the story of Tommy Monahan, the 9-year-old boy who perished in a tragic house fire while trying to rescue his pets. The Care Center’s new surgical unit will be named in his honor.”
Borough President Molinaro Outlines Initiatives in
2013 State of the Borough Address
Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro's 2013 State of the Borough Address - Part 1 of 2
Borough President Molinaro recently gave his final State of the Borough Address to a crowd of over 650 at the St. George Theatre. Highlights include:
A new restaurant, The River Dock Café, at the St George Ferry Terminal
A 9/11 First Responders Memorial in St. George
A Memorial along the South Beach waterfront to honor victims of Hurricane Sandy
Updates on the construction of the New York Wheel and surrounding amenities
Resources dedicated to autism education and special needs services for Staten Island children and young adults
Traffic-easing improvements across the Island
New Senior Housing
Hurricane Sandy recovery
Please check back soon to view the 2013 State of the Borough Video and view Strategies & Successes: The 2013 State of the Borough Report, a publication containing important information on current Staten Island projects and improvements.
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BP Urges Staten Islanders to Take Advantage of Carpool Discounts
The carpool discount is available to EZ-Pass users on all NY-NJ crossings
Borough President James P. Molinaro is encouraging Staten Island residents to take advantage of a carpool discount offered to EZ-Pass users by the Port Authority at its New York/New Jersey Crossings.
The carpool plan allows motorists who are carrying at least 2 passengers in addition to the driver to pay only $3.50 to cross the Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge, and Outerbridge Crossing. The discount is available 24 hours a day. To use the carpool plan, EZ-Pass holders MUST register with the Port Authority by calling 800-333-8655. You will need your account number and pin number on hand. Drivers must use a staffed “Cash” toll lane and make a complete stop before driving through so that the toll taker may count the number of occupants in the vehicle. For more information, visit the Port Authority’s Website.
B.P. Molinaro Announces Launch of Newly-designed Tourism Website
Twitter feed and Facebook page for tourism also established
As part of his ongoing effort to promote tourism on Staten Island, Borough President James P. Molinaro today announced that our Borough’s tourism website, VisitStatenIsland.com has been fully redesigned and updated. In addition, the tourism website is now linked to its own Facebook page and Twitter feed.
The redesign was made possible through a grant from the NYC & Company Foundation, and was done by NYC Web Design Corp., a Staten Island based company.
The Preservation of Pouch Camp is a Top Priority for BP Molinaro
William H. Pouch Scout Camp
The preservation of Pouch Camp is a top priority for all Staten Island elected officials. Borough President Molinaro is working together with all Staten Island Elected Officials to secure a conservation easement that would permanently preserve the property as open space and prevent housing or commercial development. Although these are challenging economic times for City and State government, we simply cannot afford to lose this valuable Greenbelt site to developers. BP Molinaro said “I will do everything in my power to preserve Pouch Camp so that future generations of Staten Islanders can continue to have access to the parkland for recreational purposes.”
Staten Island's New Tourism Video
Borough President Molinaro unveils the Staten Island Attractions video at the Staten Island Ferry's Whitehall Terminal in Manhattan.
Staten Island's many cultural attractions, as well as its parks and recreational opportunities are featured in the 9 minute video, which is designed to attract both tourists and residents alike. As passengers wait to board the Staten Island bound ferry, they can learn about the attractions that can be reached by bus and those that are within walking distance of the St. George Ferry Terminal. The video will be played on a new 65" high definition video monitor, mounted above the information booth in the passenger waiting area.
The video was produced by the Borough President's Office and sponsored by the NYC & Co. Foundation, the Richmond County Savings Foundation, and SINY, Inc. Narration for the video was provided by Ken Dashow, radio personality from New York's Q104.3 fm. The video will run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.