Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:55 pm Post subject: News from Office of the Staten Island Borough President
From Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:00 am to Sat Mar 20, 2010 2:59 am (included)
|Welcome to the first issue of Borough President James P. Molinaro's e-mail newsletter. Each month, the newsletter will provide a retrospective on recent news, community happenings, and special events presented by the Borough President's Office. Through the newsletter, you may also link to our website, www.StatenIslandUSA.com, or our Vimeo Video Channel. In addition, many of the news items contain a title and picture that can be used to link to a video presentation of the story.
I also encourage you to tune in to the "Borough President's Report," a half-hour television show which will air on CTV beginning Thursday, March 18. The show will recap Staten Island's news and events, and also include fun features such as quizzes and information on Staten Island's unique history. It can be seen every Thursday at 7 p.m. on Channel 34 and every Saturday at 11 a.m. on Channel 35 on CTV, which is available on both Time Warner Cable and Verizon FIOS on these same channels and times. I hope you will tune in.
James P. Molinaro
News from Borough President James P. Molinaro
Staten Islanders Rally Against Proposed MTA Service Cuts
More than 1,500 Staten Island residents turned out on March 2 to protest the proposed service cuts to local and express bus lines by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Speakers slammed the MTA for continuing to raise fares and cut service, especially in our Borough, which is notoriously underserved by mass transit options. Other speakers pointed out that the elimination of proposed routes such as the s42 and s60 would force Islanders to walk through steep, hilly neighborhoods in order to get to work and school, which is something many passengers, including the elderly and disabled, would be unable to do.
Commuters expressed outrage at proposed express bus cuts, including complete elimination of certain lines and drastic service changes on others, while students and parents voiced anger over the proposed elimination of free student MetroCards. The MTA is expected to make final decisions on the proposals later in the year..
Testimony of Borough President James P. Molinaro
BP Molinaro Urges Staten Islanders to Give the "Gift of Life"
In response to a critically low blood supply following February's snowstorms, Borough President James P. Molinaro urged Staten Islanders to roll up their sleeves and give the "gift of life" at a blood drive at Borough Hall.
Since Molinaro took office in 2002, his blood drives have collected a total of 6,750 pints. Each year, the Borough President's Office sponsors five blood drives, in addition to the annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Donor Drive in September, which seeks to collect 275 pints for each Staten Island victim of the terrorist attack. Molinaro said, "Health care is an issue of paramount importance to my administration, to my family, and to me. As Borough President, I am in a unique position to help get the message out that by giving blood, the life you save may be that of your neighbor, your friend, your relative, or even your own."
Ferry Terminal Overnight Access
Borough President Jim Molinaro and Congressman Michael McMahon recently met at the St. George Ferry Terminal with officials from the Ferry and Police Department to discuss passenger access to the terminal during overnight security sweeps, which take place between 1 and 4:30am.
Previously, passengers arriving during those hours would have to wait out in the cold until 15 minutes before their ferry departed. Under a new policy explained by the Ferry's Chief Operating Officer, Jim DeSimone, all entrances to the terminal will remain open throughout the night, allowing passengers to wait in the heated foyer.
Haiti Earthquake Relief
When a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, the poorest country in our hemisphere, the Staten Island community jumped into action. Congressman Michael McMahon and Borough President James Molinaro were joined by Island elected officials, clergy, and charitable organizations in urging Staten Islanders to contribute to relief efforts for the ravaged country.
To donate to a Haiti Disaster Relief Fund go to StatenIslandUSA.com for a list of charitable organizations that are accepting donations.
Barnes & Noble Recognition
Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro announced the donation of 3,000 books from Barnes & Noble's Holiday Book Drive, to be distributed to school libraries and the Borough President's "Readers Are Leaders" fourth-grade reading program.
Au Bon Pain Opened in Ferry Terminal
Borough President James P. Molinaro joined with New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky and other Island elected officials to cut the ribbon on a new Au Bon Pain eatery located in the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, St. George.
The quick-service restaurant, which provides soups, salads, sandwiches, beverages, pastries, and breakfast sandwiches opened to rave reviews from commuters who pass through the terminal on their way to work and school.
Au Bon Pain is the first new store to open in the terminal under a new initiative to draw retail back to the ferry. Au Bon Pain will soon be joined by the Statue of Liberty Deli, a pretzel shop, a juice bar, and other retail establishments