Improvements coming for South Shore Roads
Borough President James S. Oddo and Council Member Vincent Ignizio announced Sept. 18 that capital improvement projects to the intersection of Page Avenue and Amboy Road, and Richmond Valley Road between Page Avenue and Arthur Kill Road are now fully funded. Both projects will be done in partnership with the adjoining property owners at the locations.
The improvements include widening Page Avenue (eastbound), new dedicated right turn lanes and attendant signaling and more. The project is scheduled to begin after the completion of a major sewer project in the area has been completed.
“This is a great day for Tottenville,” Council member Ignizio said at a press conference held at the corner of Page Avenue and Amboy Road. He noted that the business corridor of Page Avenue has grown significantly in the last 20 years and this project will cure many of the issues the area has. “There is no silver bullet. There are short term, mid term and long term solutions at work,” he said, noting that the intersection recently got a right hand turn lane.
“We’re injecting sanity into these intersections,” said Borough President Oddo, noting that Staten Island suffers from a lack of infrastructure. “We’re grateful to the community partners who are making these changes possible.” BP Oddo allocated $4.229 million this year, which represented the remainder of the funding needed to begin the project. Former BP Jim Molinaro previously allocated $1.25 million for this project.
Technology, Security, Recreational Improvements coming to Island schools thanks to more than $3.6 million in capital funding by BP Oddo
Borough President James Oddo has announced that he has allocated a total of $3,625,000 in capital funding to make much needed improvements in more than twenty-five Staten Island schools. "This funding represents an investment by the taxpayers in the kids of Staten Island,” said Borough President Oddo. “This funding means that important and necessary projects and improvements will be made to local schools. From security measures, to laptops and smartboards, to new laboratories and auditoriums, to fields and fitness centers, these upgrades are essential for educating children in the safest, most supportive and challenging environment possible.”
According to “Understanding New York City’s Budget: A Guide,” published by the New York City Independent Budget Office (IBO), “The Capital Budget is a separate budget covering one fiscal year, funding physical infrastructure used either in support of government operations (such as government offices, schools, and fire stations) or for general public use (such as roads, bridges, libraries, and parks). Almost all state and local governments in the United States maintain a capital budget or plan distinct from their Expense Budget. To be included in the Capital Budget, individual projects must have a value of at least $35,000 and a period of probable usefulness of at least five years.”
Borough President Oddo makes his funding decisions in consultation with the principals of schools, who identify their schools’ most pressing needs.
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BP Oddo announces that Author of the "Paleo Diet" to be keynote speaker at Health & Wellness Expo
Like religion and politics, diet is a question that people sometimes don’t like to talk about because it often leads to disagreements or arguments amongst friends.
At this year’s annual Health and Wellness Expo, however, Borough President James S. Oddo wants to talk about diet and address how our health and vitality is impacted by the foods we eat.
To start the discussion about food and diet, Oddo, along with Council Member Steven Matteo and the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) are pleased to announce that the keynote speaker at the 2014 Health and Wellness Expo will be Dr. Loren Cordain. This year’s Expo will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield. Dr. Cordain’s free presentation, “Origins and Evolution of the Western Diet: Health Implications for the 21st Century” will be the keynote address from 12:30 pm until 2:00 pm in the Tea House Garden. Dr. Cordain will also take questions from the audience at the conclusion of his talk.
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