Category Archives: How YOU can Help

Join a committee and help us fight development of Graniteville Wetlands

We need:

Writers, researchers, environmentalists, media people, artists, lawyers, (to join committees and interpret documents for everyone) landscape architects, architects, engineers, people handing out flyers and petitioning and those willing to do foot work. If you know someone who might be interested in working with us, in these ways, please invite them to the next meeting, or keep them abreast of what is needed and when it is needed.



Please add your name to the committee where you gifts, experiences and talents lie:

  1. Fund Raising Committee – seeking grants, fundraiser events, donations on the street, donations from businesses…..
  2. Media Committee – Keeping the issue in the public eye at all times, connect with TV stations, newspapers, social media, contact the rich and famous, updating Facebook, our website, incorporating the arts into the movement, etc …..What else? Charlie, Eloise, Barbara Janet
  3. Education Committee – An meeting for the communities to educate them about the seriousness of the issues, financial, educational. Format a panel of experts on various issues and a Q&A…What else? Gabriella, Eloise
  4. Research Committee -How to demand a new Draft Environmental Impact Statement, post Sandy. The one submitted is very flawed. See the NY/NJ Baywatch group statement to City Planners. Who is the owner of this property, does the developer need to go through ULURP and if yes, how far along are they, what permits do they have at the Department of Buildings, other resistance movements, those that succeeded and those that did not and the reasons why, FOIA requests, find out the developers timeline, is Article 78 useful/applicable to us? Can we pursue Eminent Domain?……..  Janet
  5. Environmental Committee – articles, letters to the editor, educational forums concerning Climate Change where we are now and what to expect in the future, the extinction of species because of the loss of habitat.  Gabriella, Eloise
  6. Outreach Committee – to groups and organizations inside and outside NYC. Make connections, network, how can they help us, how can we help them, outreach to non-English speaking groups, to the people living in the trailer park, to local businesses, to churches, social groups, unions, to celebrities…..  Janet
  7. Financial analysis committee – what will this cost people and how do we make it expensive for the developer. Cost of losing small businesses, cost to Condo Associations…..What else
  8. Political Committee – attend the debates and other public forums, prepare pertinent questions, letter writing to politicians, arrange meetings, keep abreast of Community Board meetings, City Planning meetings etc…
  9. Leg work committee – Handing out fliers, collecting donations on the street, petitioning, tabling at events, finding space for meetings….. What else? Diana Ramos (Flyers and copies free), Pearl
  10. Legal Committee- what laws can we invoke to stop this and/or delay the progress of the developer, research court cases, lawsuit from residents claiming a financial burden.

Boycott BJ’s in Linden NJ – EVERY Saturday in February

Join the SICWF in showing its opposition to the destruction of Staten Island Wetlands in Graniteville.

We will be protesting every Saturday in February from 11:30am -1:30pm in Linden, NJ.(1001 E. Edgar Rd. Linden,NJ07036)  This is the location that many Staten Islanders travel to shop.

The goal of the protest is to raise awareness of the fact that the current owner of the Graniteville Wetlands planning to destroy precious wetlands and lease to BJ’s at the expense of the health and safety of the local residents.

The cost to the residents will be increased traffic and risk of flooding, as well as prohibitive costs for flood insurance.





Contact Elected Officials


James Oddo

Borough President
Borough Hall
10 Richmond Terr.
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-816-2000 (HELPLINE)
On the Web:
Mobile: BP ASSIST 

Mike McMahon

District Attorney
130 Stuyvesant Pl., 7th Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301
Contact District Attorney Donovan

Stephen Fiala

County Clerk, Commissioner of Jurors, Clerk of the Supreme Court, Register
130 Stuyvesant Pl., 2nd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301
Contact County Clerk Fiala


Bill de Blasio
City Hall
New York, NY 10007
212-NEW-YORK or 311
City Information
Contact Mayor de Blasio

Staten Island Representative – Mayor’s Office – Ed

Public Advocate
1 Centre St., 15th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Walk-in office hours: Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact Public Advocate James
Online Help Desk Intake Form

Staten Island Representative – Public Advocate Office – Patrick Lewis

Scott Stringer
City Comptroller
1 Centre St.
New York, NY 10007
Constituent Intake Form

Debi Rose

Council Member, 49th District
130 Stuyvesant Pl., 6th Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301
Committees: Waterfronts (chair); Aging; Civil Rights; Education; Rules, Privileges and Elections; Transportation.
Contact Councilwoman Rose

Steven Matteo

Councilman, 50th District
900 South Ave., Suite 403
Staten Island, NY 10314
Committees: Governmental Operations; Public Safety; Recovery and Resiliency; Sanitation and Solid Waste Management; Technology.
Contact Councilman Matteo

Joe Borelli

Councilman, 51st District
3944 Richmond Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10312
Committees: Courts and Legal Services; Finance; Land Use; Rules, Privileges and Elections; Standards and Ethics; Zoning and Franchises.
Contact Councilman Borelli


Andrew Cuomo
Executive Chamber, State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224
633 Third Ave., 38th and 39th floors
New York, NY 10017
Contact Gov. Cuomo

Kathy Hochul
Lieutenant Governor
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224
633 Third Ave., 38th floor
New York, NY 10017
Contact Lt. Gov. Hochul

Letitia James
State Attorney General
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224
120 Broadway
New York, NY 10271
Contact Attorney General Schneiderman

Thomas DiNapoli

State Comptroller
110 State St.
Albany, NY 12236
59 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038
Contact Comptroller DiNapoli

Andrew Lanza

State Senator, 24th District
Legislative Office Building, Room 708
Albany, NY 12247
3845 Richmond Ave., Suite 2A
Staten Island, NY 10312
Committees: Cities (chair); Ethics; Civil Service and Pensions; Codes (vice-chair); Education; Finance; Insurance; Judiciary; New York City Education Subcommittee; Heroin Task Force.
Contact State Sen. Lanza

Diane Savino

State Senator, 23rd District
Legislative Office Building, Room 315
Albany, NY 12247
36 Richmond Terr., Suite 112
Staten Island, NY 10301
Committees: Banks (chair); Labor; Cities; Children and Families; Civil Service and Pensions; Codes; Consumer Protection; Crime Victims, Crime and Correction; Finance; Judiciary; Heroin Task Force.
Contact State Sen. Savino

Matthew Titone

Assemblyman, 61st District
Legislative Office Building, Room 643
Albany, NY 12248
853 Forest Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10310
Committees: State-Federal Relations (chair); Education; Environmental Conservation; Health; Judiciary; Social Services; Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development; Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force; Subcommittee on Oversight of the Department of Environmental Conservation; Subcommittee on Regulated Mortgage Lenders; Subcommittee on Trust and Estates.
Contact Assemblyman Titone

Ron Castorina

Assemblyman, 62nd District
Legislative Office Building, Room 428
Albany, NY 12248
101 Tyrellan Ave., Suite 200
Staten Island, NY 10309
Committees: Cities; Energy; Housing; Health.
Contact Assemblyman Castorina

Michael Cusick

Assemblyman, 63rd District
Legislative Office Building, Room 724
Albany, NY 12248
1911 Richmond Ave., Suite 110
Staten Island, NY 10314
Committees: Election Law (chair); Ways and Means; Veterans Affairs; Governmental Employees; Higher Education; Mental Health; Transportation.
Contact Assemblyman Cusick

Nicole Malliotakis

Assemblywoman, 64th District
Legislative Office Building, Room 725
Albany, NY 12248
11 Maplewood Pl.
Staten Island, NY 10306
Committees: Banks; Governmental Employees; Corporations, Authorities and Commissions; Transportation; Ways and Means; Legislative Women’s Caucus.
Contact Assemblywoman Malliotakis


Dan Donovan
US Congressman

1725 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
265 New Dorp Lane, 2nd Floor
Staten Island, NY 10306

Charles Schumer 
U.S. Senator
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
780 Third Ave., Suite 2301
New York, NY 10017
Contact Sen. Schumer

Kirsten Gillibrand 
U.S. Senator
478 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
780 Third Ave., Suite 2601
New York, NY 10017
Contact Sen. Gillibrand

Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Contact the President

Mike Pence
Vice President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Contact the Vice President


 Note: The community boards’ official websites are independent entities that are not affiliated with the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit.

Community Board 1

Neighborhoods: Arlington, Castleton Corners, Clifton, Concord, Elm Park, Fort Wadsworth, Graniteville, Grymes Hill, Livingston, Mariners Harbor, Meiers Corners, New Brighton, Port Ivory, Port Richmond, Randall Manor, Rosebank, St. George, Shore Acres, Silver Lake, Stapleton, Sunnyside, Tompkinsville, West Brighton, Westerleigh
CB Info: Address:
Staten Island Community Board 1
1 Edgewater Plaza, Room 217
Staten Island, NY 10305
Phone: 718-981-6900
Fax: 718-720-1342
WebsiteChair: Nicholas Siclari
District Manager: Joseph Carroll
Board Meeting: Second Tuesday, 8:00pm
Cabinet Meeting: Per agenda
Precinct(s): 120
Precinct Phone(s): 718-876-8500

Community Board 2

Neighborhoods: Arrochar, Bloomfield, Bulls Heads, Chelsea, Dongan Hills, Egbertville, Emerson Hill, Grant City, Grasmere, High Rock, Lighthouse Hill, Midland Beach, New Dorp, New Springville, Oakwood, Ocean Breeze, Old Town, Richmondtown, South Beach, Todt Hill, and Travis
CB Info: Address:
Staten Island Community Board 2
Sea View Hospital
Lou Caravone Community Service Building,
460 Brielle Avenue,
Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone: 718-317-3235
Fax: 718-317-3251
Email: cb2sidm@aol.comChair: Dana T. Magee
District Manager: Debra Derrico
Board Meeting: Third Tuesday, 7:30pm
Cabinet Meeting: Per agenda
Precinct(s): 122
Precinct Phone(s): 718-667-2211

Community Board 3

Neighborhoods: Annadale, Arden Heights, Bay Terrace, Charleston, Eltingville, Great Kills, Greenridge, Huguenot, Pleasant Plains, Prince’s Bay, Richmondtown, Richmond Valley, Rossville, Tottenville, and Woodrow
CB Info: Address:
Staten Island Community Board 3
1243 Woodrow Road, 2nd Floor
Staten Island, N. Y. 10309
Phone: 718 356-7900
Fax: 718-966-9013
WebsiteChair: Frank Morano
District Manager: Charlene Wagner
Board Meeting: Fourth Tuesday, 7:30pm
Cabinet Meeting: To be determined
Precinct(s): 123
Precinct Phone(s): 718-948-9311