January 15, 2011
University hosted the annual Staten Island Chamber of Commerce
Legislative Breakfast before a crowd of more than 150 held at the
school’s Kelleher Center in Grymes Hill yesterday. Presented by the
Chamber's Young Professional Group, most of the talks centered on
the three principal topics that most concern Staten Island
residents – Education, Health Care and Transportation.
Jerrold Ross, Academic Vice President of the Staten Island campus
and Dean of The School of Education at St. John’s University, began
the festivities with a welcome and short address.
“We want you to be proud of our students,” Ross told the assembled
crowd of members and guests in attendance. “We will be looking for
partnerships with business to provide service opportunities to our
students as they prepare to enter the real job market.”
A Who’s Who
of representatives from the state and local government were in
attendance headed by Staten Island Borough President James P.
Molinaro. Linda Baran, President and CEO of the Staten Island
Chamber of Commerce served as Master of Ceremonies and introduced a
star-studded list of legislators during the one-hour information
and Q & A session.
Those in attendance included: State Senator Andrew Lanza; State
Senator Diane J. Savino; Assemblyman Michael Cusick; Assemblywoman
Nicole Malliotakis; Assemblyman Matthew Titone; Councilman James S.
Oddo; Councilwoman Debi Rose; Assemblyman Lou Tobacco; and William
Smith, District Director for Congressman Michael Grimm.
“It’s appropriate that we’re here at St. John’s University where a
large amount of local and state legislators were educated,” said
State Senator Savino, a St. John’s graduate herself. “I applaud St.
John’s and some of their more recent programs like the accelerated
3-year degree being offered. That is a fabulous savings of $29,000
to students and their parents in these economic times.”
Other elected officials talked of working with new Governor Andrew
Cuomo in Albany to address the continuing economic downturn, city
and state budgets, tax cuts, new jobs, small businesses and
business investment districts.
In addition, several St. John’s officials were on hand
including: Joseph Sciame, Vice President for Community Relations
(who organized the event with Chamber officials); Brian Browne,
Assistant Vice President of Government Relations; Gerard A.
McEnerney, Assistant Vice President, Executive Director of
Operations; and Nick Legakis, Director of Institutional Advancement
– S. I. campus.
More information about today’s event can be found by contacting
Kim Powers Burbano, Director of Marketing & Programs, Staten
Island Chamber of Commerce by calling 718-727-1900, or e-mailing
inquiries to email@example.com.
Information about St. John’s and the 40-year history of its Staten
Island campus can be found by visiting the University web site at
Interested media can contact Dominic Scianna, Assistant Vice
President for Media Relations at St. John’s University by calling
(718) 990-6185 or e-mail inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.