Our office is working with AMVETS Post 917 and 103 to collect and distribute books to wounded military personnel and Veterans at VA hospitals throughout the tri-state area and as far away as Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
We are accepting donations of gently used books for this cause.
Donations can be made during business hours at the following locations:
10 Richmond Terrace, Room 100
Council Member Matteo's District Office
900 South Avenue, Suite 403
Council Member Borelli's District Office
2955 Veterans Road West, Suite 2E
Special thanks to local authors Eddie Joyce and Dolores Morris for their donations of their books.
Our office is launching the "Borough Hall Insider" blog as an opportunity for us to get a little more in depth on the issues on the minds of the BP and his staff. The first post is about the importance of mentors and the work done by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York.
Make sure to check back regularly to learn more about the issues we're working on at Borough Hall!
On Saturday, April 9th, Borough President Oddo joined The ROLE Call to host the NYC Fatherhood and Family Enrichment Conference at Port Richmond High School. BP Oddo opened up the event by talking about the positive impact his father had on his own life and the importance of a strong male influence in a child's development.
"There are a lot of challenges we face daily. The best ally you have in that fight is a good family structure,” noted BP Oddo. "These are the foundational blocks that our young folks need to build on. We need to be able to empower men and women be good parents."
"Statistically, children, families and communities do better with the presence and involvement of strong fathers and strong men. Our communities can't improve until we get our men back into the community,” said Andre Harrison of The ROLE Call.
The free conference featured seminars and workshops from experts in family and fatherhood services. Some of the topics covered in the workshops included financial planning, co-parenting and child support. Lunch was provided by the Commons Café, donated by The Nicotra Foundation and the Borough President’s Office.
On Wednesday, April 6th, Borough President James S. Oddo hosted “A Conversation with the Class of 2016” at P.S. 48. At the event, student reporters from Island high schools asked BP Oddo about quality-of-life issues affecting Staten Island, which opened up a back-and-forth dialogue between BP Oddo and the students.
Topics that students were interested in ranged from development on the North Shore to improving public transportation and traffic on the Island. Many asked about issues that were personal to them, such as combatting substance abuse and helping their fellow students who suffer from dyslexia.
BP Oddo also asked the students for their impressions on Staten Island. Their responses were overwhelmingly positive, with several students noting the support community members gave each other after Hurricane Sandy.
“What we need is informed Staten Islanders,” BP Oddo told the students. “This borough is dying for leadership, and if we’re going to have a vibrant community, we need to keep a lot of your talent in this borough.”
In addition to the student reporters, several high school seniors who participated in the “Night of Mentors” attended the event. The “Conversation” concept was born last year and it has become an annual event.
On March 29th, Borough President Oddo hosted a diverse group of Staten Island women from various fields at a Women’s Forum held at Borough Hall at the end of Women’s History Month. The conversation, which was driven by the participants, covered many topics that are important to local women, such as health care, education, the re-development on the North Shore, and the lack of civic engagement on Staten Island.
“I wanted to hear their observations on life in Staten Island for women and figure out a way my office could help,” noted BP Oddo. “I want to thank all those who took the time to participate and meet with me about these issues. The discussion was incredibly substantive and productive for me and my staff.”
A special guest at the event was BP Oddo’s new puppy, Laila. The tiny black pug was a huge hit with everyone in attendance.
On March 10th, Borough President James S. Oddo unveiled a series of public service announcements (PSAs) that tell the story of four Staten Island women’s journey with breast cancer. Each of the four PSAs emphasizes the importance of routine mammography screenings as a necessary tool in the detection of breast cancer. The cancer survivors featured in the PSA campaign are Linda Altini, Christine Badillo, Anne Devlin, and Jennifer Shea.
The videos, along with other information about breast cancer and mammography screening, can be found at statenislandusa.com/breastcancer .
“I applaud these four brave women for sharing their stories about their experience with breast cancer,” said Borough President Oddo. “The best piece of advice I heard at our recent Mammogram Roundtable is that we must all take charge of our own health and, in consultation with our doctors, make our own health care decisions. I urge all Staten Islanders to watch these PSAs and then speak to their doctors to determine what is best for them in terms of screening.”
“If I reach just one woman who goes to get a mammogram, then that will be well worth it,” noted Mrs. Altini, who was diagnosed at age 40.
The PSAs were made possible through a collaboration of the Borough President’s Office and Staten Island Community Television.
Breast Cancer PSAs
Borough Board - April 2016
Paving Arthur Kill Road
BP speaks at 9/11 Ceremony
TYSA Drug Take-Back Program
Port Richmond Softball Team
Too Good for Drugs
Community Board Training
PS 13 Performance
Back Roads & Open Spaces
BP Assist App Demo
New Paving Technologies
View the full Video Archive
New Borough Hall Blog
Books for Veterans
Upcoming Road Closures
Breast Cancer PSAs
Students visit Boro Hall
Rome Through Richmondtown
Readers Are Leaders
Open House at Boro Hall
Build It Back Announcement
It's Been Quite a Year
Sights & Sounds of the Season
Menorah Lighting Ceremony
Christmas Tree Lighting
News from BP Oddo
Upcoming Holiday Events
Remembering Our Veterans
Flu Shots at Borough Hall
SLAM Screening Invitation
Rome Thru Richmondtown
News from Borough Hall
Join us Friday Evening - 9/11
Concert & Fireworks
Vito Picone Concert
Extreme Heat Protection
Discard unused medication
Changes to Summer Schedule
First Summer Concert!
Mental Health Forum
Join in the Clean Up
The End of Chapter One
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