December 19, 2013
This week, Mayor Bloomberg will visit one of the five boroughs each day to highlight where each borough stood in 2001 and where it stands today in key areas. Today, the Mayor discussed the progress in Staten Island at the St. George Ferry Terminal, where he announced that New York City is on pace to reach four million total jobs for the first time.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more people are moving into the city than moving out now for the first time since before 1950.
Staten Island has become a safer place to live, work and visit than ever before:
In Staten Island, 12 new schools have been created and more than 6,800 new school seats have been added.
In the 2012-2013 school year, 74.6 percent of Staten Island high school students graduate within four years, an increase of 12.6 percent from 2005, when the State started its calculation.
As a result of the City’s five-borough economic development strategy, Staten Island’s economy continues to grow:
The Leisure and Hospitality industry has also expanded in Staten Island:
Over the last 12 years, the City has financed the preservation and construction of more than 2,500 units of affordable housing for Staten Island residents.
During the past twelve years, the Administration has invested more than $5 billion in capital improvements in city parks:
The City also dramatically increased the size of the biggest and best municipal park system in the nation by adding more than 870 acres of parkland and more than 490 acres of new waterfront park land across the city.
Now, approximately 76 percent of New Yorkers live within a 10-minute walk of a park or playground – an increase of a quarter-million people in just the past six years.
Arts & Cultural Affairs
The City has invested more than $3 billion for cultural capital projects in all five boroughs since 2001.
In Staten Island, 50 projects have been completed, including:
Compared with 2001, annual regrant support for individual artists and small arts groups in the borough has increased by nearly 150 percent to $188,640.
Over the last 12 years, Staten Island’s quality of life – and length of life – have both improved:
On average, men in the borough live nearly three years longer than they did in 2001, and women now live more than two years longer.
Between 2002 and 2012, the smoking rate in Staten Island fell from 27.2 percent to 16.5 percent – a decrease of 39.3 percent.
Marc La Vorgna (212) 788-2958