On Wednesday, June 29th, Borough President Oddo joined with Council Member Joe Borelli to announce that Fairview Park is now fully funded. This $18 million project was funded by BP Oddo, who allocated $3.5 million, and Council Member Joe Borelli, who allocated $1.325 million.
Fairview Park has been in the planning stages for over a decade. The park, which is located in Charleston, will have a soccer field, bocce ball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts and a softball field. The park will be adjacent to the planned Charleston Library.
"It’s a happy day. It’s real. It’s going to happen. It’s needed," said BP Oddo.
The Parks Department says construction is expected to begin in 2018 and will take about 2 years to complete. This is the first in what will be an epic series of announcements this summer of new parks and recreation projects on Staten Island!
On June 23, 2016, Borough President Oddo joined with members of the NYPD to congratulate the 5th grade students who participated in the "Too Good For Drugs" program at P.S. 69. The curriculum is co-taught in the classroom by an NYPD police officer and a school teacher. The program, which is in its second year, took place in 5th grade classes in every public school on Staten Island, as well as in several parochial schools. Over 5,000 students on Staten Island participated in the program this year.
At the ceremony, BP Oddo and members of the NYPD spoke about the dangers of addiction and how students should continue to educate themselves on the disease. An NYPD officer who taught the program also talked about how the program made a positive impact on his interactions in the community.
BP Oddo spoke to the graduates, using the metaphor of turning on a light switch to symbolize addiction, “Once you turn on that light switch, it's really hard to turn it off, even if you want to. You have to think about all the things the police officers taught you, long after you leave 5th grade.”
“One thing this program shows is how, together, there’s nothing we can’t do,” noted Assistant Chief Edward Delatorre, Borough Commander of NYPD, speaking to the graduates. “We are so proud of you. You are the reinforcements we need in the battle against substance abuse.”
At the end of the ceremony, students took a pledge to abstain from tobacco, alcohol and drugs.
Tech is a burgeoning industry on Staten Island. As part of BP Oddo's outreach in this field, the Borough President's Office has facilitated a partnership between the nonprofit organization Girls Who Code and the DOE's Staten Island Borough Field Support Center to bring free after-school computer science clubs to schools across the Island.
This program will allow 6th-12th grade girls on Staten Island to have increased opportunities to learn coding. Another benefit to the program is that the girls who participate will be mentored by female engineers who can show them what it's like to work in this field. The program will also run field trips to the world's leading tech companies, so girls can see coding in action.
Middle and high schools are eligible to become host sites for the program. To host a club, a sponsor would need computers with an internet connection for each Club member, space to host the Club and a faculty member to lead the club and coordinate with Girls Who Code.
Those that are interested in setting up a club for the 2016-2017 school year can visit: www.girlswhocodeclubs.fluidreview.com
On June 22, 2016, BP Oddo invited the Tottenville High School Softball Team to Borough Hall to congratulate them on another winning season. He honored the girls and gave a special plaque to Head Coach Cathy Morano, who is retiring this year. After chatting with the team, BP Oddo faced off against the team in a quick wiffleball game.
“The things you learn on the field will help you off the field later in life,” noted BP Oddo. “You should be proud of your accomplishments and for the positive way you represent Staten Island.”
This is the first year that the team played on their new field, which BP Oddo helped fund.
As film production continues to boom on Staten Island, the Borough President's Office has launched a new website to showcase the borough's film friendly locations to production companies. The photo portfolio is designed to aid location scouts in their search for specific locations on Staten Island, including parks, cultural institutions and private homes.
BP Oddo wants to open up the opportunity to Staten Islanders to benefit economically from this industry.
If you are interested in listing your home or business on our film locations website, email photos, a brief description of the space and your contact information to Allison Cohen at ACohen@StatenIslandUSA.com.