Office of Borough President James P. Molinaro
Staten Island, New York
Borough President Molinaro Is Seeking Friends of The Boardwalk
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Borough President James P. Molinaro today called on Staten Islanders who frequent the South Beach Boardwalk and Ocean Breeze Fishing Pier to sign up with Friends of the Boardwalk, an informal advocacy group that will help keep the popular facilities clean and well-maintained.
Friends of the Boardwalk are concerned volunteers who wish to help the Parks Department keep the Boardwalk and Fishing Pier free of vandalism, graffiti, litter, and dog waste. Volunteers will report activities that violate the law, park regulations and civil behavior by making a telephone call or sending an e-mail to the Borough President’s Office.
“I walk the Boardwalk at least once a week, and people always approach me with good ideas to help improve the Boardwalk and Fishing Pier,” said Molinaro. “People also come up to me to report incidents of vandalism and to complain about people who fail to pick up after their dogs.
“This is exactly the type of community involvement we need to help keep the Boardwalk and Fishing Pier in top condition,” Molinaro added. “We would like Staten Islanders to volunteer to be our eyes and ears. Volunteers will receive a Friends of the Boardwalk T-shirt that they can wear during their visits to the facilities, and my office will sponsor occasional clean-ups.”
Those wishing to sign up for Friends of the Boardwalk are asked to call the Borough President’s Helpline at (718) 816-2000. The Borough President’s Office will keep a file of reports from Friends of the Boardwalk and forward the information to the Parks Department and, when appropriate, to the Police Department.
The Ocean Breeze Fishing Pier opened last September to rave reviews, continuing the renaissance of Staten Island’s beaches and waterfront area that began in 1995.
August 13, 2004