Atlas Foundation joins in fight against litter
Borough President James S. Oddo announced on June 29 that the Atlas Foundation’s Cops and Kids Boxing Program will join the Borough President’s Clean Team on Mondays and Fridays.
Before Oddo took office in 2014, the Clean Team was on a two day a week schedule. Oddo immediately increased it to three days per week. With the participation of the Atlas Foundation it will now operate five days per week, a 150 percent increase during this BP’s tenure. From Tuesdays to Fridays those performing community services from the organization CASES will continue to assist with the Clean Team. Starting July 6, Mondays and Fridays cleanup activities will be performed by participants in the Cops and Kids Program, by legendary boxing trainer and philanthropist Teddy Atlas.
“These young guys will be out there and be part of the positive change that is happening on Staten island,” noted Oddo.
Atlas was only too happy to partner with the Borough President – his friend – and said it just makes sense for the organization to join forces with the Clean Team. “We teach these kids much more than hooks and jabs,” noted Atlas, who runs three gyms for kids to give them positive role models and to help them stay out of trouble. “We teach them to care and have respect for themselves, to care about your community.”
The new additions to the team will be led by Marcus Brown, a Golden Glove champion and alumnus of the Atlas Cops and Kids Program. He joins the Borough Hall staff leader, Larry Collins, to make the Clean team bigger and better and cover more ground.
BP Oddo to host Summer Sunset Concerts
The Summer Sunset Concert Series is sponsored by BP Oddo, CM Ignizio, and Council Members Steven Matteo and Debi Rose. The free concerts will take place every Thursday night of the summer in various parks throughout the Island.
Below, please find a complete list of the summer concerts, including the bands currently scheduled to perform. Please note that some slots are still being filled:
7/2 – Conference House Park
6:00 PM - Patrick Rafferty and the Rock-a-Silly band
6:55 PM - Glen Cutrona
7:05 PM - Frank James
8:15 PM - Cause and the Effects
9:20 PM - Fireworks Show over Raritan Bay
7/9 – Clove Lakes Park
7:00 PM - Grounded4life
8:15 PM - RockFarm
7/16 – Lemon Creek Park
7:00 PM - Giovanni Lattaruli and JazzOut 4tet
8:15 PM - Charlie Poveromo and Vinnie Medugno
7/23 – Corporal Thompson Park
7/30 – Historic Richmond Town
8:15 PM - Airtite
8/6 – Bloomingdale Park
8:15 PM - Rhythm Rascals
8/13 – Snug Harbor Cultural Center
7:00 PM - SI Community Band
8:15 PM - Lovemedo
8/15 - Doo Wop Under the Stars at Freedom Circle
A special Saturday Doo Wop Show under the stars starring Vito Picone and The Elegants at Freedom Circle
8/20 – Willowbrook Park
7:00 PM - Joan Cadell and the Midnight Choir
8:15 PM - London Fogg
8/27 – Silver Lake Park
7:00 PM - Rachel Isaacs Band
8:15 PM - Natalie Jean
Click here to download the Sunset Summer Concert schedule
Staten Island to see its normal allotment of 240 lane miles paved over the next two years PLUS AN ADDITIONAL 125, bringing the total to 365 over the next two years
At a meeting of the Staten Island Transportation and Traffic Task Force at Borough Hall on June 9, Department of Transportation (DOT) officials informed Borough President James Oddo and Council Members Steve Matteo and Debi Rose that 25% of the additional lane miles to be resurfaced under the Mayor’s recently announced plan to resurface 500 more lane miles citywide (200 additional miles in FY 2016 and 300 in FY 2017) would be paved in Staten Island. This means that 125 extra lane miles will be resurfaced on Staten Island in the next two fiscal years.
In a typical year when the city paves 1,000 lane miles, Staten Island, which consists of 12% of the total lane miles in the city, receives approximately 12% of the resurfacing (or 120 lane miles). As a result of the Mayor’s unprecedented commitment to resurfacing an additional 500 lane miles in the next two years, in FY 2016, which begins July 1, 2015, Staten Island will have 160 lane miles resurfaced, forty more lane miles than in a typical year. In FY 2017, Staten Island will have 205 lane miles resurfaced, eighty five more miles than in a typical year. Taken together, this equals an additional 125 lane miles resurfaced in FY 16 and 17 (in addition to the 240 already slated to be resurfaced) and 25% of the total new lane miles to be resurfaced.
“We asked the Mayor for an unprecedented commitment to road resurfacing to make up for the omissions of the past, and he delivered,” said Borough President Oddo. “Without this commitment, we would have seen about 240 lane miles resurfaced over the next two years; instead, we will see 365 lane miles resurfaced. This means that we will finally start to see progress in our quest for more drivable roads. It’s time to ‘pave, baby, pave.’”
At the meeting, the elected officials also learned that the following major thoroughfares will be resurfaced during nighttime hours in the coming months: Portions of Bay Street, Clove Road, Richmond Road, Victory Blvd, and Hylan Blvd. Bay Street will be the first one done over the summer. These are in addition to previously scheduled and announced nighttime resurfacings of New Dorp Lane, Ocean Terrace, and Arthur Kill Road.
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