His Clean Team initiative, partnership with United Activities Unlimited and the on-call litter response team are all part of the solution. But on Wednesday, August 6, the Borough President launched another side of this campaign, a poster initiative, encouraging the public to get involved.
“I know posters alone aren’t the answer, but building an awareness and encouraging the community to be a part of the solution is a step in that direction,” noted Oddo. The posters- which feature a cross-section of Staten Islanders – were displayed around the press room during the kick off. The BP said that he called upon some friends and those passionate about keeping the community clean to help out.
Boxer Teddy Atlas, Hoteliers Lois and Richard Nicotra and their dog, Lorenzo, and Brian Laline, editor of the Staten Island Advance all spoke at the press conference voicing their support of the initiative.
“This is important,” Laline said. “People need to take pride in their community.”
Other poster subjects, including 93-year-old grandmother Nancy Filoramo, Bishop Victor A. Brown, PSA contest winner Aria Mutkoski and student Sincere Griggs were also on hand for the debut of their posters.
In addition, Mike Sweeney, owner/operator of two McDonald’s restaurants on the Island was also on hand. Local McDonald’s owners are partnering with the Borough President on the initiative and will display the posters in 10 locations across the borough. Stores on Forest Avenue, New Dorp Lane and others have already put the posters in their windows. Business owners who would like to display the posters should email a request to the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to learn more about the Borough President's Clean Up SI initiative.