James S. Oddo was elected Staten Island Borough President after serving as Middle Staten Island's City Councilmember. Staten Island is home to city council districts 49 through 51. This year, all three seats were contested. Districts 49 and 51 had incumbents fighting to hold on to their seats, and ... More >>
Despite some very bitter and ugly public battles, a majority of New Yorkers approve of bike lanes, according to a poll released this week. The Quinnipiac University poll found that 56 percent of city voters say bike lanes "are good because it's greener and healthier for people to ride." The b ... More >>
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Via Elizabeth Benjamin in the Daily News, House Minority Whip (and Republican Rebranding specialist) Eric Cantor will be a special guest tonight at a fundraiser for self-funding millionaire Suffolk County House candidate Randy Altschuler. On the host committee: Bush loyalist, Iraq Coalition a ... More >>
Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro, who succeeded Guy Molinari in 2002 and just won a third term, tells the Advance he'd like to be succeeded by local councilmember James Oddo. "When I make a commitment," says the Beep, "you can put it in the bank and get interest." That should ple ... More >>
Rep. Patrick Kennedy is scheduled to speak Monday at Brown University about healthcare. This marks Kennedy's first public appearance since he and then Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin went public with their conflict over abortion. -- Police in Sunset Park, Brooklyn had to cut open a burning car to ... More >>
Having embarrassed Mayor Bloomberg sufficiently for one election, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is running around endorsing other candidates. Today he backed two Staten Island Republican councilmembers facing reelection challenges: James Oddo, who's up against James Pocchia, and Vincent Ignizio, fac ... More >>
Staten Island Councilmember James Oddo (pictured) knows how to get votes. He poses today for the Staten Island Advance on "the 'worst street' on Staten Island," where paving is finally being done thanks to his intercession. Oddo declared Grasmere Avenue between West Fingerboard Road and Mose ... More >>
As we like to point out, Staten Island is the only borough never to have elected a public official of color. But in the February special city council election to replace new Congressman Michael McMahon, Debi Rose came close, losing to Kenneth Mitchell by only 342 votes. The Democratic Primary for th ... More >>
People complain about bike lanes elsewhere in the city, too, but Staten Island seems to have more trouble with them than most. The Staten Island Advance tells us that new bike lanes are planned for the borough even as "half of the paint forming the Bay Street [bike] route has worn away" because of t ... More >>
Today the city council held a moment of silence for Michael Jackson and councilmembers Inez Dickens and Helen Diane Foster gave the King of Pop a nice tribute, but just as things got underway several members walked out. Staten Island's James Oddo confirmed to Azi Paybarah that he walked out in resp ... More >>
You have to watch those Staten Islanders like a hawk. Turns out the recount in the Ken Mitchell-Debi Rose February 24 race to replace Michael McMahon on the city council was, without our notice, finished on March 7 -- showing Mitchell with a 342-vote lead. He was certified last week, and sworn in ... More >>
Well, here's another previously term-limited politician who has decided his constituents can't do without him: Staten Island borough president James Molinaro. He'll seek the Republican nomination for a third term, but indicates he's open to the Democrats as well. City councilmember James Oddo has be ... More >>
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