A Post-COVID Staten Island: What Have We Learned and What Does the Future Look Like?

November 18, 2020  
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Event Description

City & State's must-read list of the 100 most powerful people in New York City has been a long standing institution in New York.  For the fifth year, we are going into each borough. The November 16th issue will debut in print and online profiling top brass from government, media, business and beyond. Be the first to know who made the cut and where they are ranked by attending our live webinar with top leaders from Staten Island.

Charles Fall
New York State Assemblymember, District 61
Assemblyman Fall is the first Muslim and African-American Assemblymember elected from Staten Island. He comes from a working-class family of six. His parents immigrated to Staten Island from Guinea, West Africa, and displayed a commitment to improving the lives of those around them. Fall has been a public servant for years. In 2014, he served as the Staten Island Borough Director and Citywide Islamic Liaison for the Mayor of New York City, working to ensure Universal Prekindergarten and paid sick leave became realities. Fall then became the Chief of Staff to the Staten Island Parks and Recreation Commissioner During his first term, Assemblyman Fall has passed 6 bills, 4 of which were signed into law. He secured over $300,000 in funding for local public schools and educational programs and $1 million in capital funds to support community and economic development. He also worked with the Staten Island delegation to freeze the resident bridge toll at $5.50 for an additional two years. Since the start of COVID-19 Assemblyman Fall has helped over 100 unemployed constituents receive their unemployment benefits, served 1,500 hot meals to residents across the district, and distributed thousands of protective materials to residents and businesses in need. He also advocated and secured 1.5 million dollars for the NYC Commercial Lease Assistance Program which provides free legal services to NYC businesses. Assemblyman Fall has made it a priority to develop and strengthen relationships between community leaders and elected officials to champion solutions to ensure stable and healthier communities.
Joseph C. Borelli
New York City Councilmember
Joe Borelli was elected to serve the constituents of the 51st Council District in a special election held on November 3, 2015, and was re-elected to his first full term in November 2017. His district includes the South Shore of Staten Island. Joe serves as the Minority Whip, and is the current Chairperson for the Committee on Fire and Emergency Management at the New York City Council. Joe also currently serves as a member of the Committee on Education, Committee on Parks and Recreation, and the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations. Joe previously represented his South Shore constituents in the New York State Assembly. He was the ranking minority member of the Assembly Cities Committee, and he also served on committees for Health, Housing, Transportation, Mental Health, Banking, Education, and Energy. Joe was a staunch advocate against energy cost increases, and the common core curriculum. Prior to his career as an elected official, Joe served as Chief of Staff to former Councilman Vincent Ignizio since 2007, formerly serving in the same role for Ignizio in the state Assembly since 2005. Dedicated to improving the quality of life on Staten Island, Joe was successful in coordinating the development of several Park and Rides here on Staten Island, securing funds to outfit nearly every classroom on the South Shore with a Smartboard and has worked with the Parks Department on the renovation and construction of several parks on Staten Island. Joe grew upon Staten Island where he attended Public School 4, Our Lady Star of the Sea Grammar School, and St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School from which he graduated in 2000. Joe would go on to Marist College where he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science, and an M.A. from the College of Staten Island, a subject that he has been teaching locally as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Staten Island since 2008. Active in his community, Joe has been involved in the Staten Island Growth Management Task Force, the West Shore Light Rail Task Force, the Brookfield Landfill Citizens Advisory Committee, and helped spearhead the formation of the South Shore Business Improvement District. He was also instrumental in the successful fight to eradicate polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from public school buildings. Throughout his career in state and city government, Joe has proven himself to be a leader in the movement to reduce taxes, tolls, and fees in New York City. As a volunteer, Joe serves on the Development Board of St. Joseph by the Sea High School, as well as the Friends of the College of Staten Island, which raise money for scholarships. He has assisted dozens of non-profit, veterans and community organizations in accessing governmental grants. He has helped raise private money for equipment to help handicapped children at Mount Loretto, and has worked with the Verdino Foundation to bring the new state-of-the-art little league facility to the South Shore. Joe is a native Staten Islander and lives in the Annadale section of Staten Island with his wife, Rachel, their two sons Joseph and John, and his English Bulldog, Luna.
James Oddo
Borough President, Staten Island
James Oddo was elected Borough President of Staten Island in November of 2013. Prior to his election, he served as the Council Member representing the 50th Council District (Mid-Island and a small portion of Brooklyn) since 1999. He was also the City Council’s Minority Leader from 2002 to 2013. In that role, he served as a key member of the Council’s leadership team. A Staten Island native, Oddo has authored 19 local laws and brought back more than $165 million to improve his community. After working for 15 years to make it a reality, in the final days of his tenure in the Council, Oddo joined EDC to announce an exciting redevelopment plan to turn an abandoned site known as Farm Colony into a senior citizen community. This project, one that took so long to bring to fruition due to the global economic crisis, best personifies Oddo’s persistence and advocacy on behalf of his community. As Borough President, Mr. Oddo remains committed to attaining necessary aid for Staten Islanders still impacted by Hurricane Sandy. He recognizes the frustration and upheaval the situation has caused in their lives and is a strong advocate for all those awaiting resolution from city, state and federal programs. In addition, Oddo is excited to see the waterfront development projects for the North Shore become a reality. The projects include Empire Outlets, the first outlet shopping mall within the city of New York, Lighthouse Point, with both commercial and residential communities, and two boutique hotels, and Urby, a Manhattan-style apartment complex - all of which promise to completely transform the former Stapleton homeport and St. George community. Borough President Oddo is also keenly aware of other issues facing Staten Islanders on a daily basis. He is determined to meet the challenges of island living by maximizing waterfront real estate with a fast ferry, reducing commute time for many thousands of residents. He also recognizes the need for infrastructure changes to meet the needs of the Island’s 500,000 residents, in the most automobile-dependent borough in the city.​

Welcome & Opening Remarks By Jeff Coltin, Senior Reporter, City & State NY


Panel Discussion

New York State Assemblymember Charles Fall

New York City Councilmember Joseph C. Borelli

Staten Island Borough President James Oddo


Closing Remarks

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