Club Member, Diane Arneth was recognized amongst a list of 100 influential Staten Islander’s for her work in our Community through Community Health Action.
In a new marketing effort, Staten Island is being rebranded as “The Unexpected Borough.” Late last year, Borough President Jimmy Oddo’s Office of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and the local tourism initiative Destination St. George, unveiled the new nickname, which seeks to highlight the borough’s many attractions.
“Unexpected” could apply just as easily to Staten Island’s politics. Max Rose, the borough’s congressman, was elected last fall in one of the biggest House upsets in the country. Despite increasing political polarization across the nation, the first-term Democrat has actively cultivated relationships with Republicans like Oddo. Similarly, while Staten Island’s legislative delegations in Albany and City Hall are divided between both parties, lawmakers have a track record of working with each other across the aisle. Of all the boroughs, Staten Island stands out as a cohesive community, with an “unexpected” level of cooperation.
In City & State’s 2019 Staten Island Power 100, we recognize the elected officials and government staffers, business and nonprofit leaders, academics, advocates and activists who play influential roles in the borough’s political and public life – and how they have made it an “unexpected” destination.