“He delves into issues until he knows them better than anyone and he has acquired the knack of working across party lines for the benefit of his constituents and, indeed, all New Yorkers.”
James S. Oddo has served the public for nearly three decades, garnering a reputation across New York City and State for integrity, independence, tenacity, and passion. He rose through the ranks as a councilmanic staff member and was elected to the New York City Council in 1999. He has successfully run for office eight times, and is presently serving nearly 500,000 people in his second term as Staten Island Borough President. During his Council tenure he authored novel legislation, negotiated billion-dollar budgets and crafted public policies affecting every aspect of the lives of New York City residents.
After being elected Borough President in 2013, Mr. Oddo built a top-flight team at Borough Hall, ushered in a new level of transparency and accessibility through his aggressive embrace of social media, and in era of hyper-partisanship has collaborated with City Hall in a uniquely bipartisan manner.
His accomplishments are many, and while the Borough President considers all aspects of governing our borough to be of great importance, none exceeds his commitment to the physical well-being of all Staten Islanders. That is why, shortly after taking office, he brought Dr. Ginny Mantello on board to direct Borough Hall’s dozens of initiatives focused on every aspect of health and wellness, including multiple programs directed towards two of the basic causes of so much illness in our borough: obesity and high blood pressure. To this day, Borough President Oddo is committed to continuing to finance capital improvements for both of the island’s hospitals , and he remains dedicated to keeping his constituents focused on living longer, healthier and thus happier and more fulfilling lives.
Borough President Oddo works tirelessly for the continued improvements of our borough’s schools, and remains focused on the education of our children. Among the recent highlights are years of behind-the-scenes work done to achieve the opening of the Bridge Preparatory Charter School, specifically designed to teach autistic children. He financed the building of the Borough President’s Hall of Science at the Petrides campus, and new culinary programs at both New Dorp and Concord High School. Mr. Oddo was also highly instrumental in the upcoming construction of the brand-new Hungerford School, which is one of Staten Island’s largest District 75 schools.
In another issue of great importance, and recognizing the unique importance of transportation to our borough, he successfully lobbied for 24/7 half-hour ferry service, a boon to both commuters and visitors alike. As well, his pressure finally convinced City Hall to provide Staten Islanders with high-speed fast ferry service, in order to quickly deliver our commuters from St. George to Battery Park City and Mid-Town West. The importance of this addition, with the options it brings to commuters, cannot be overestimated.
On the North Shore, BP Oddo has pushed for many waterfront development projects, like Empire Outlets, to become a reality. He continues to seek infrastructure upgrades, and strongly opposes the building of Manhattan-style high-rise apartment buildings in our Special Hillsides Preservation Districts. And the Borough President’s efforts to bring back minor league baseball to Richmond County Bank Ballpark have paid off: coming soon to the newly-renovated stadium will be an expansion team which will join the Atlantic League for the 2022 season.
Staten Island is known as the Borough of Parks, a designation Mr. Oddo takes very seriously. To that end he has accomplished a great deal, including the complete renovation of the General MacArthur Park at the Berry Houses; the creation of brand-new Fairview Park in Charleston; the renovation of Bloomingdale Park; and the complete makeover of the 5K trail in Clove Lakes Park. On its way is a new community center and the enclosure of the outdoor swimming pool on the grounds of Goodhue Park, including the acquisition of 11 additional acres of property to be preserved forever as parkland. The BP was also part of the team advocating for and financing the brand new E.M.T. Christopher J. Prescott Sensory Playground -- designed to provide fun for all children, including those with autism spectrum and sensory processing disorders.
The list of Borough President Oddo’s accomplishments could go on for a great deal longer. Not mentioned is his contribution to the continued development of our Bluebelt Program, providing natural drainage corridors including streams, ponds, and wetlands; sewer projects in South Beach, New Dorp Beach, and Travis; initiation of the Heart Project, which offered free automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to small business owners; convincing City Hall to re-pave record numbers of lane-miles; and providing security cameras in schools, NYCHA properties and the JCC.
Borough President Oddo is a native Staten Islander, born and raised in Old Town. He is a graduate of Monsignor Farrell High School, Fordham University, and New York Law School.
ABOUT THE BP'S OFFICE
The Office of the Borough President has a responsibility to advocate for the entire Borough of Staten Island and all its residents, and represents the Borough's interests within City government.
The Borough President communicates directly with the Mayor and the City Council to emphasize Staten Island’s budget priorities.
In addition, the Borough President is responsible for reviewing major land use decisions and proposing sites for city facilities within the Borough.
As the chair of the Borough Board, the Borough President leads Staten Island’s City Council delegation and Community Board chairs in the process of reviewing and approving the transfer of public properties to private use. The Borough President’s Office houses the Borough's Topographical Bureau, which maintains the borough’s official maps and assigns street addresses.
The Borough President monitors the delivery of city services on Staten Island, and acts as a liaison between residents and city agencies when problems arise to devise solutions. The Borough President is also responsible for appointing one member to the Panel for Educational Policy and one member to the City Planning Commission, as well as some 150 members to Staten Island’s three community boards.
Office of Borough President James S. Oddo
Staten Island Borough Hall
10 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, New York 10301
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James S. Oddo
Deputy Borough President
Office of Land Use, Planning & Infrastructure
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