On December 2, amidst the cold rain and wind, the Borough Hall Christmas Tree was lit. Three, which stands 18 feet tall, was lit by Borough President James Oddo, Santa Claus and other friends. Celebrating the tree lighting on the plaza were the St. George Theater performers, the Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre, the Tottenville High School Chorus, the Curtis High School Wine Pipe Orchestra and singer Aditi Chakravarty. The event was sponsored by the New York Wheel, Empire Outlets, the North Shore Business Association and the Gavel Grill.
Quality-of-life issues, info can now be accessed on the BP’s new app BP Assist is available for free for iPhone and Android
We are excited to announce BP Assist, the new mobile app for smart phones that allows Staten Island residents and visitors to quickly and efficiently report quality-of-life issues, such as potholes, litter, graffiti and much, much more. Reports made will be instantly transmitted to the Borough President's Help Line, and then directed to the appropriate agency for remedial action. It also gives users access to Staten Island specific information, including upcoming events, the ferry schedule, and important phone numbers. Downloading the app will allow you to receive notifications about emergencies, traffic conditions, and other important issues. For more information, visit statenislandusa.com/bpassist or download it from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.
In addition to the ease of reporting issues and being able to snap a photo of the condition and send it, the app will also update the data collection system used by the Help Line staff and help the Borough President see trends and recommend improvements across city agencies.
Don’t have a smartphone? No problem, the Help Line is still available at (718) 816-2000 or you can use a version of the app right on our web site at www.statenislandusa.com/bpassist
Borough President James Oddo teamed up with Ken Dashow of Q104.3 to kick off a new anti-litter program on Tuesday, November 18. Piggybacking off of the radio station’s popular “Two-Fer Tuesday” program, where the station plays two songs in a row by the same artist, the program encourages Staten Islanders to pick up two pieces of litter every Tuesday, take a picture, and post it to social media. The station will give out concert tickets and other prizes to winners once a month for the next year.
"It's a fun way of showing your love for music, showing your affinity for the radio station, showing your love for Staten Island and being part of the solution,” said Borough President Oddo.
To enter, post your picture to social media with the hashtag #twofertuesday or send it directly to the station via their web site.
As the redevelopment of the North Shore looms closer, there will be important changes for commuters who use the SI Ferry parking lots as construction gets underway for the anticipated New York Wheel and Empire Outlets. Impark, the company that manages the lots, has made this information available. Please click HERE to access the information from Impark or view the images below.
On November 13, 2014, Borough President Oddo asked teenagers to “kick the can” as they began the “Sodabriety Challenge.” The initiative is designed to decrease the amount of sugar-sweetened beverages consumed in schools. During the 30-day challenge, high school students will give up sugar-sweetened beverages completely and drink only sugarless drinks, such as water and unsweetened tea.
Students from Staten Island Technical High School, St. John Villa Academy, Staten Island Academy, and Susan E. Wagner High School have signed on to participate in the pilot program. Each school will create its own Challenge Advisory Council, made up of students and faculty members who will encourage the student body to stop drinking sugar sweetened beverages. Students will fill out a survey before and after the challenge and keep a log of what they drink.
Staten Island is currently ranked as the unhealthiest borough in the city. Given the declining overall health of Staten Islanders, Borough President Oddo feels that it is important to bring attention to health education and positive lifestyle changes, beginning with the youngest members of our community.
“By educating the next generation about the dangers of sugary drinks, we can help them make informed decisions about their health,” noted Borough President Oddo. “We’ve encouraged the participants to get creative in educating their peers about the negative effects of these beverages, which we hope will inspire them to eventually ‘kick the can’ for good.”
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