On Wednesday, June 7th, BP Oddo joined with members of the community at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex to launch the Staten Island Child Wellness Initiative (CWI). This coalition was created through help of the community along with the partnership of the Borough President James Oddo and the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness (SIPCW).
The idea for CWI was generated from a series of meetings of BP Oddo’s Health and Wellness Advisory Council, in which participants engaged in spirited discussions about how they could have the greatest impact on Staten Island’s health needs, particularly those of young people.
The CWI was created in order to increase the opportunities for healthy living for children and families and to reduce childhood obesity. The aim is to provide accessible options for active living as well as availability of fresh and healthy food, aiming to bring 80 percent of children below high school age to a healthy weight.
An assortment of speakers at the ceremony discussed the issue of childhood obesity, including Deputy Mayor Dr. Herminia Palacio.
“It is clear to see that childhood obesity is a real problem that must be addressed to prevent a lifetime of illness,” said Borough President Oddo. “We are getting to the heart of the matter by addressing child wellness and child health.”
Adrienne Abbate, Executive Director of the SIPCW, noted the importance of the community member engagement, saying, “By working together with partners across Staten Island to address this urgent issue, we can shape a healthy future for our children, and reverse the rising rates of obesity in our borough. Although this is a borough-wide initiative, the CWI will use data to target communities and neighborhoods that have higher need and poorer health outcomes.”
The CWI’s progress will be measured by changes in BMI over time in Staten Island children
On Monday, June 5th, BP Oddo joined with City Council Member Steven Matteo and Danny Cassella, President of ATU Local 726, to announce the next phase of improving the express bus system.
After conducting the Comprehensive Bus Study, which included studying routes and surveying riders, the MTA recently announced a plan to change routes to improve commute times. Currently, the average express bus makes 27 stops before ever leaving Staten Island. The study also found that 83 percent of riders use the busiest 50 percent of stops and that underused stops slow trips and complicate routes. The MTA’s plan includes rerouting some buses, eliminating underutilized stops and making more direct routes for more efficient commutes.
BP Oddo encouraged Staten Islanders to give their feedback, both online and at in-person forums, to ensure that their voices are heard.
“The current system is antiquated and inefficient,” noted BP Oddo. “We’re big believers in the overarching principles the MTA came out with. This is the best chance we’ve had in a generation or two to improve this service, and we want to make the most of it. We need Staten Islanders to participate in the process. Your input is critical.”
For more information, visit MTA.info/siexpressbus
On Friday, June 2nd, BP Oddo joined with members of the NYPD to congratulate students who participated in this year’s Too Good For Drugs program at New Dorp High School. The curriculum is co-taught in the classroom by an NYPD police officer and a school teacher. Too Good For Drugs teaches children how to handle peer pressure, deal with outside influences and make healthy decisions through interactive games and skits.
The program, which is in its third year, took place in every 5th grade class on Staten Island. The program was also piloted for 7th graders in four middle schools and for freshman at New Dorp High School.
At the ceremony, BP Oddo and members of the NYPD spoke about the dangers of addiction and encouraged students to act as leaders in and out of the classroom. At the end of the ceremony, students took a pledge to abstain from tobacco, alcohol and drugs.
BP Oddo, who noted that he wants to see the program expand even further, told the graduates, “Through this program, you are going to be part of the solution. We need you. We can’t win this battle without you. We need your help in the pushback in the fight against addiction.”
“The idea here was not just to give you coping tools, but to mold yourself into that leadership role,” said Assistant Chief Edward Delatorre, Borough Commander of NYPD.
About 7,900 students participated in the program this year.
On Thursday, June 1st, BP Oddo announced that he is reviving the Patrick F. Daly Award, an award for educators who exemplify the values of fallen principal Patrick Daly who was gunned down in Red Hook, Brooklyn while en route to a student’s home 25 years ago this year.
“The Daly family approached me and asked to bring back the award and I’m happy to do that,” said BP Oddo. “This award gives us as Staten Islanders an opportunity to honor Mr. Daly, his legacy and sacrifice, as well as recognize outstanding educators in our community.”
Anyone who may wish to nominate a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal or principal may do so. The award will be given in Mr. Daly’s memory, honoring his legacy of service to the community, a steadfast commitment to his students, and his leadership.
“As we approach the 25th Anniversary of my father’s death, we are honored and most appreciative to Borough President James Oddo for reinstituting the Patrick F. Daly Award. This award will ensure my father's dedication and sacrifice will be remembered and the work of a new generation of dedicated educators will be recognized,” said Patrick Daly, son of the fallen educator.
Nominations are currently being accepted and will be accepted until July 1. Nomination forms can be found here.
On Monday, May 22nd, Borough President James S. Oddo recognized the important and heroic works of the Emergency Medical Services community with a special ceremony in their honor during National EMS Week at the Excelsior Grand.
The 25th Annual Emergency Services Recognition Ceremony honored several EMTs, paramedics, instructors and students in the emergency services community. This event is unique to Staten Island.
"The EMS community is there for our community in times of need,” noted BP Oddo. “I want to thank you for being there for us when life is on the line. We get to celebrate you this week, but every day, there are Staten Islanders who genuinely appreciate you.”
2017 EMS AWARD WINNERS:
Emergency Medical Technician of the Year Awards
Melissa O’Brien – FDNY, Station 22
Joseph Parisi – FDNY, Station 23
Jake Perlman – Hatzolah of Staten Island
Havel Pearlman – Hatzolah of Staten Island
Hunter Dawkins – North Shore Rescue Squad
Samantha DiSilvestro – Primary Care Ambulance
Shannon Wilkey – Priority One Ambulance
Issa Mohsen – Richmond County Ambulance
Svetlana Smirichinskaya – Richmond County Ambulance
CarrieAnn Dixon – Richmond University Medical Center
Edgardo Gutierrez – Richmond University Medical Center
Joseph Cosentino – Northwell Health (SIUH)
Ashley Gilas – Northwell Health (SIUH)
Jacqueline Mauro – Volunteer Heart Ambulance
Lauren Lefkowitz – Volunteer Heart Ambulance
Paramedic of the Year Awards
Ryan Zatoren – FDNY, Station 22
John Paul Mansour – FDNY, Station 23
Troy Salerno – Primary Care Ambulance
Jared Johnson – Priority One Ambulance
Menachem Levitansky – Richmond County Ambulance
David Palacios – Richmond County Ambulance
Robert Bonome – Richmond University Medical Center
James Ferravecchio – Richmond University Medical Center
Antonio Jimenez – Northwell Health (SIUH)
Nicole Memoli – Northwell Health (SIUH)
Frank W. Geib Memorial EMT Student of the Year Award
Danielle Farley – Staten Island Emergency Medical Training Center
Nicole Druda – Training Institute for Medical Emergencies and Rescue
EMT Instructor of the Year Award
William G. McDonald, EMTP – Staten Island Emergency Medical Training Center
Daron Roth – Training Institute for Medical Emergencies and Rescue
On Sunday, May 21st , BP Oddo hosted Kids Day at the Carousel in Willowbrook Park. Kids and their families got to ride the Carousel for all Children for free. In addition, the event featured inflatable attractions, chalk art, crafts, photo spots and music.
The Staten Island Zoo presented animals from their educational unit, and the NYPL hosted story time for the younger children. Additional sponsors included Barnes & Noble and Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC. Over a thousand people attended the event.
“It’s great to see families out enjoying a day in the park together,” noted BP Oddo.
On Wednesday, May 17th, Borough President James S. Oddo and members of the Petrides family and scholarship committee presented the Michael J. Petrides Student Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science to Wesley Dai, a student at Staten Island Academy.
The annual award is given to a graduating high school senior who excels in math and science. Each Staten Island high school is asked to submit a single nominee, from which the honoree and runner-up are selected. The award is named for Michael J. Petrides, a legendary Staten Island educator, who died in 1994.
A leader in the classroom, Wesley Dai has achieved the highest academic average of any student at Staten Island Academy in the last 10 years. He received a perfect score of 2400 on his SAT as well as perfect scores of 800 on both the Math II and Chemistry SAT Subject Tests. This year, Wesley was selected as a candidate for the U.S. Department of Education’s prestigious Presidential Scholar’s Program. In addition, he was named a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship Program and an AP Scholar with Honor. Wesley serves as the president of his school’s Science Club and recently competed in the New York Metro Science Olympiad, where he finished in fifth place. Last summer, he co-authored a study based on research he did during an internship at The Spine and Pain Instiute of New York. The study was recently published in Pain Physician Journal, the official publication of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Along with his academic achievements, Wesley is a competitive swimmer. He will be attending Yale in the fall.
“The Petrides Award has been given to several extraordinary students over the years, and I’m happy to continue that tradition,” noted Borough President Oddo. “I’m impressed and encouraged by all of our nominees, who are the best and brightest in our community.”
Hanlin Miao of Monsignor Farrell High School was named first runner up.
2017 Petrides Award Nominees
NatalieDeana Badillo, St. Joseph Hill Academy
Carlo Baria, CSI High School for International Studies
Kafayat Bello, Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School
Jessica Caushi, New Dorp High School
Jason Contino, Michael J. Petrides School
Wesley Dai, Staten Island Academy
Kristen Fontana, Notre Dame Academy
Samantha Gavin, Moore Catholic High School
Emily Higgins, Susan E. Wagner High School
Dona Kiriella, Port Richmond High School
Patrick Lilley, St. Peter’s Boys High School
Kristopher Lopez, Ralph R. McKee Career & Technical High School
Hanlin Miao, Monsignor Farrell High School
Nardine Nasr, Tottenville High School
Justin Peterkin, Curtis High School
Julia Selleck, St. John Villa Academy
Chloe Trang, Staten Island Technical High School
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