BP Oddo Announces Full Funding for MacArthur Park Renovations
On Wednesday, July 13th, Borough President Oddo joined with Council Member Steven Matteo and Borough Parks Commissioner Lynda Ricciardone to announce that the funding for renovations to MacArthur Park at the Berry Houses has been finalized. The $9.3 million dollar project will fix existing drainage issues on the field, add a new synthetic turf to expand the field’s usage and renovate the basketball courts.
During his time as a Council Member, BP Oddo allocated funds to rehabilitate the fields. However, after 9/11, the funding was moved to other projects. After many years, BP Oddo was able to work with Council Member Matteo to cobble together funds from the City and FEMA to make the project a reality.
“‘The Berry’s’ are an institution in this borough and generations of Islanders have played there,” noted BP Oddo. “These upgrades have been long overdue, and we are excited to share this news. When this project is complete, scores of our fellow residents will create new memories, learn more life lessons, exercise and enjoy themselves at a new and improved Berry’s.”
Construction is expected to begin in 2018.
Championship Tottenville High School Softball Team Visits Borough Hall
On June 22, 2016, BP Oddo invited the Tottenville High School Softball Team to Borough Hall to congratulate them on another winning season. He honored the girls and gave a special plaque to Head Coach Cathy Morano, who is retiring this year. After chatting with the team, BP Oddo faced off against the team in a quick wiffleball game.
“The things you learn on the field will help you off the field later in life,” noted BP Oddo. “You should be proud of your accomplishments and for the positive way you represent Staten Island.”
This is the first year that the team played on their new field, which BP Oddo helped fund.
BP Congratulates “Too Good For Drugs” Graduates
On June 23, 2016, Borough President Oddo joined with members of the NYPD to congratulate the 5th grade students who participated in the "Too Good For Drugs" program at P.S. 69. The curriculum is co-taught in the classroom by an NYPD police officer and a school teacher. The program, which is in its second year, took place in 5th grade classes in every public school on Staten Island, as well as in several parochial schools. Over 5,000 students on Staten Island participated in the program this year.
At the ceremony, BP Oddo and members of the NYPD spoke about the dangers of addiction and how students should continue to educate themselves on the disease. An NYPD officer who taught the program also talked about how the program made a positive impact on his interactions in the community.
BP Oddo spoke to the graduates, using the metaphor of turning on a light switch to symbolize addiction, “Once you turn on that light switch, it's really hard to turn it off, even if you want to. You have to think about all the things the police officers taught you, long after you leave 5th grade.”
“One thing this program shows is how, together, there’s nothing we can’t do,” noted Assistant Chief Edward Delatorre, Borough Commander of NYPD, speaking to the graduates. “We are so proud of you. You are the reinforcements we need in the battle against substance abuse.”
At the end of the ceremony, students took a pledge to abstain from tobacco, alcohol and drugs.
BP Launches New Filming Site
As film production continues to boom on Staten Island, the Borough President's Office has launched a new website to showcase the borough's film friendly locations to production companies. The photo portfolio is designed to aid location scouts in their search for specific locations on Staten Island, including parks, cultural institutions and private homes.
BP Oddo wants to open up the opportunity to Staten Islanders to benefit economically from this industry. If you are interested in listing your home or business on our film locations website, email photos, a brief description of the space and your contact information to Allison Cohen at ACohen@StatenIslandUSA.com.
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