NJ gasoline-tax hike has Staten Islanders looking closer to home for shopping, recreation, and dining; local merchants welcome the shift.
(Staten Island, NY) – Council Member Joseph Borelli (R-South Shore) and local business owners are welcoming back Staten Island shoppers to their home community where they can find retail and big box stores, open spaces, recreational activities, and great dining options without paying tolls or navigating jug handles; Staten Island even had its own pumpkin patch this season!
Some of the many upcoming events in our community for children and families include autumnal and Christmas festivals at Mount Loretto in Pleasant Plains, the Grand Illumination and Colonial Christmas at the Conference House in Tottenville, and the annual Annadale Christmas tree lighting.
In the 10309 and 10307 zip codes, there are thousands of acres of park land for hiking, walking, biking, and exploring, including Wolfe’s Pond Park, Long Pond Park, and Clay Pit Pond Park. Additionally, those interested can browse for events like wilderness survival, haunted hikes, the harvest festival at Clay Pit, and more on the New York State Parks website.
“One of the greatest historical motivators drawing Staten Island shoppers to New Jersey has been the siren song of cheap gasoline existing just over the bridge. With the new gas tax levied by our neighbors across the Kill Van Kull, our local merchants on the south shore are working hard to make their presence known to their fellow Islanders,” said Borelli. “On the south shore we have hundreds of miles of parkland, wonderful restaurants, big box stores; we even had pumpkin patches this past season! Wildlife, canoeing, hiking, fishing, and bicycling are just some of the recreational opportunities available here on Staten Island for individuals and families to enjoy.”
“By shopping locally, your hard-earned dollars and resources remain in your community instead of being sent off to faraway corporate headquarters. Supporting small businesses helps to create a vibrant local economy and aids in the development of this wonderful community. So, save yourself time and money by shopping and dining locally here in Richmond Valley! We hope you also enjoy the lights and holiday decorations,” said Pete Marcolini, President of Richmond Valley Merchants Association & Owner of Aunt Butchie’s of Brooklyn.
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BANNERS, TRASH CANS PLACED, PRIVATE SANITATION & BEAUTIFICATION UNDERWAY IN THE DISTRICT
Earlier today, The South Shore Business Improvement District (BID) held a press conference to announce its latest additions and services in the towns of Annadale, Eltingville, and Great Kills. Over the last few weeks, 58 banners have been hung in the towns, 20 BID branded trash receptacles have been placed, private sanitation services have been enlisted, beatification projects have begun to make areas more appealing, and a comprehensive online business directory has been launched.
“It’s taken us a few months to officially get up and running,” said Gary Fleming, President of the South Shore BID. “Today, however, we are proud to announce that we are here, and ready to serve the businesses and patrons of our District.”
A Business Improvement District is a vehicle that allows business and property owners within a designated area to work collaboratively to subsidize services they deem necessary, such as sanitation, beautification, security and marketing, to ultimately increase the areas economic vitality. The South Shore BID is the 72nd in the city, and only the third on Staten Island with the others being the Forest Avenue BID and the West Shore BID. It is comprised of over 300 unique businesses within the towns of Annadale, Eltingville, and Great Kills, and is the first BID of its kind to incorporate three unique areas.
“I’m proud to be here today and see the progress being made on the South Shore,” said Councilman Joe Borelli. “This project has been years in the making and today we launch what will ultimately make our community a better place for small business owners and patrons alike.”
The South Shore BID was officially signed into law in 2015, and has spent the last months on startup items such as incorporation, insurance, election of its board and filing of its non-profit status.
“Our goal as an organization is to empower small businesses by making the District cleaner, safer, and more beautiful,” said Anthony Rapacciuolo, the BID’s Executive Director. “I’d like to thank Councilman Borelli, the BID Board, Bob Cutrona of Project One, and Chief Daniel Stein from the Department of Sanitation for working with us to get us up and running.”
In addition to the banners and trash cans being placed in the towns, private sanitation service through Project One has begun on a weekly basis in each town and an interactive online business directory has been launched at www.SouthShoreBID.org where business owners within the District are able to control and update their listings in real time. For more information please dial (718) 504-0041 or email Anthony@SouthShoreBID.org