Mayor Bill de Blasio and Staten Island Borough President Jimmy Oddo had a late lunch in Borough Hall to discuss issues of shared interest. They were joined by First Deputy Mayor Tony Shorris and Jason Razefsky, Borough President Oddo’s Chief of Staff. They ate sandwiches and wraps from Leo’s Sandwich Shop on Forest Avenue. Borough President Oddo showed off a bat that belonged to Jose Reyes and they discussed the start of baseball season. They agreed on the need for more transportation options, expediting new community space across the island and the importance of bringing new jobs directly to Staten Islanders. Borough President Oddo highlighted details of his ‘quadrangle plan’, the positive impact of a successful Matrix project, Staten Island Ferry boarding issues and his desire for additional ferry service. They also discussed new ways to improve health and wellness on Staten Island and across the city. Borough President Oddo recommended the Mayor read “Spark,” a book by Dr. John J. Ratey about how exercise enhances academic performance. Mayor de Blasio assigned specific staff and agencies to resolve outstanding issues related to many of these projects to ensure resolution.
I can't wait for Mayor Bill de Blasio to come to the Bronx, and do the same with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Bronx BP Diaz Jr. can show the mayor a New York Yankee bat, and then they can have a conversation about the Kingsbridge National Ice Center.