Cornell University is a private and statutory Ivy League research university in Ithaca, New York. Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, the university was intended to teach and make contributions in all fields of knowledge—from the classics to the sciences, from the theoretical to the applied; these ideals, unconventional for the time, are captured in Cornell's founding principle, a popular 1868 Ezra Cornell quotation: "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study."The university is broadly organized into seven undergraduate colleges and seven graduate divisions at its main Ithaca campus, with each college and division defining its own admission standards and academic programs in near autonomy. The university administers two satellite medical campuses, one in New York City and one in Education City and Cornell Tech, a graduate program that incorporates technology and creative thinking; the program moved from Google's Chelsea Building in New York City to its permanent campus on Roosevelt Island in September 2017.
Cornell is one of ten private land grant universities in the United States and the only one in New York. Of its seven undergraduate colleges, three are state-supported statutory or contract colleges through the State University of New York system, including its agricultural and human ecology colleges as well as its industrial labor relations school. Of Cornell's graduate schools, only the veterinary college is state-supported; as a land grant college, Cornell operates a cooperative extension outreach program in every county of New York and receives annual funding from the State of New York for certain educational missions. The Cornell University Ithaca Campus comprises 745 acres, but is much larger when the Cornell Botanic Gardens and the numerous university-owned lands in New York City are considered; as of October 2018, 58 Nobel laureates, four Turing Award winners and one Fields Medalist have been affiliated with Cornell University. Since its founding, Cornell has been a co-educational, non-sectarian institution where admission has not been restricted by religion or race.
Cornell counts more than 245,000 living alumni, its former and present faculty and alumni include 34 Marshall Scholars, 30 Rhodes Scholars, 29 Truman Scholars, 7 Gates Scholars, 55 Olympic Medalists, 14 living billionaires. The student body consists of more than 14,000 undergraduate and 8,000 graduate students from all 50 American states and 116 countries. Cornell University was founded on April 27, 1865. Senator Ezra Cornell offered his farm in Ithaca, New York, as a site and $500,000 of his personal fortune as an initial endowment. Fellow senator and educator Andrew Dickson White agreed to be the first president. During the next three years, White oversaw the construction of the first two buildings and traveled to attract students and faculty; the university was inaugurated on October 7, 1868, 412 men were enrolled the next day. Cornell developed as a technologically innovative institution, applying its research to its own campus and to outreach efforts. For example, in 1883 it was one of the first university campuses to use electricity from a water-powered dynamo to light the grounds.
Since 1894, Cornell fulfill statutory requirements. Cornell has had active alumni since its earliest classes, it was one of the first universities to include alumni-elected representatives on its Board of Trustees. Cornell was among the Ivies that had heightened student activism during the 1960s related to cultural issues, civil rights, opposition to the Vietnam War. Today the university has more than 4,000 courses. Cornell is known for the Residential Club Fire of 1967, a fire in the Residential Club building that killed eight students and one professor. Since 2000, Cornell has been expanding its international programs. In 2004, the university opened the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, it has partnerships with institutions in India and the People's Republic of China. Former president Jeffrey S. Lehman described the university, with its high international profile, a "transnational university". On March 9, 2004, Cornell and Stanford University laid the cornerstone for a new'Bridging the Rift Center' to be built and jointly operated for education on the Israel–Jordan border.
Cornell's main campus is on East Hill in Ithaca, New York, overlooking Cayuga Lake. Since the university was founded, it has expanded to about 2,300 acres, encompassing both the hill and much of the surrounding areas. Central Campus has laboratories, administrative buildings, all of the campus' academic buildings, athletic facilities and museums. North Campus is composed of ten residence halls that house first-year students, although the Townhouse Community houses transfer students; the five main residence halls on West Campus make up the West Campus House System, along with several Gothic-style buildings, referred to as "the Gothics". Collegetown contains two upper-level residence halls and the Schwartz Performing Arts Center amid a mixed-use neighborhood of apartments and businesses; the main campus is marked by an irregular layout and eclectic architectural styles, including ornate Collegiate Gothic and Neoclassical buildings, the more spare international and modernist structures. The more ornat
New York University
New York University is a private research university founded in New York City but now with campuses and locations throughout the world. Founded in 1831, NYU's historical campus is in New York City; as a global university, students can graduate from its degree-granting campuses in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, as well as study at its 12 academic centers in Accra, Buenos Aires, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Washington, D. C. For the class that matriculated in the fall of 2019, NYU received nearly 85,000 applications for its undergraduate programs. In 2018, NYU was ranked amongst the top 40 universities worldwide by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Times Higher Education World University Rankings, U. S. News & World Report. Alumni include heads of state, eminent scientists and entrepreneurs, media figures, founders and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, astronauts; as of March 2019, 37 Nobel Laureates, 8 Turing Award winners, 5 Fields Medalists, over 30 Academy Award winners, over 30 Pulitzer Prize winners, hundreds of members of the National Academies of Sciences and United States Congress have been affiliated as faculty or alumni.
Globally, NYU is ranked 7th by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for producing alumni who are millionaires, 4th by Wealth-X for producing ultra high net-worth and billionaire alumni. Albert Gallatin, Secretary of Treasury under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, declared his intention to establish "in this immense and fast-growing city... a system of rational and practical education fitting and graciously opened to all". A three-day-long "literary and scientific convention" held in City Hall in 1830 and attended by over 100 delegates debated the terms of a plan for a new university; these New Yorkers believed the city needed a university designed for young men who would be admitted based upon merit rather than birthright or social class. On April 18, 1831, an institution was established, with the support of a group of prominent New York City residents from the city's merchants and traders. Albert Gallatin was elected as the institution's first president. On April 21, 1831, the new institution received its charter and was incorporated as the University of the City of New York by the New York State Legislature.
The university has been popularly known as New York University since its inception and was renamed New York University in 1896. In 1832, NYU held its first classes in rented rooms of four-story Clinton Hall, situated near City Hall. In 1835, the School of Law, NYU's first professional school, was established. Although the impetus to found a new school was a reaction by evangelical Presbyterians to what they perceived as the Episcopalianism of Columbia College, NYU was created non-denominational, unlike many American colleges at the time. American Chemical Society was founded in 1876 at NYU, it became one of the nation's largest universities, with an enrollment of 9,300 in 1917. NYU had its Washington Square campus since its founding; the university purchased a campus at University Heights in the Bronx because of overcrowding on the old campus. NYU had a desire to follow New York City's development further uptown. NYU's move to the Bronx occurred in 1894, spearheaded by the efforts of Chancellor Henry Mitchell MacCracken.
The University Heights campus was far more spacious. As a result, most of the university's operations along with the undergraduate College of Arts and Science and School of Engineering were housed there. NYU's administrative operations were moved to the new campus, but the graduate schools of the university remained at Washington Square. In 1914, Washington Square College was founded as the downtown undergraduate college of NYU. In 1935, NYU opened the "Nassau College-Hofstra Memorial of New York University at Hempstead, Long Island"; this extension would become a independent Hofstra University. In 1950, NYU was elected to the Association of American Universities, a nonprofit organization of leading public and private research universities. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, financial crisis gripped the New York City government and the troubles spread to the city's institutions, including NYU. Feeling the pressures of imminent bankruptcy, NYU President James McNaughton Hester negotiated the sale of the University Heights campus to the City University of New York, which occurred in 1973.
In 1973, the New York University School of Engineering and Science merged into Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, which merged back into NYU in 2014 forming the present Tandon School of Engineering. After the sale of the Bronx campus, University College merged with Washington Square College. In the 1980s, under the leadership of President John Brademas, NYU launched a billion-dollar campaign, spent entirely on updating facilities; the campaign was set to complete in 15 years, but ended up being completed in 10. In 1991, L. Jay Oliva was inaugurated the 14th president of the university. Following his inauguration, he moved to form the League of World Universities, an international organization consisting of rectors and presidents from urban universities across six continents; the league and its 47 representatives gather every two years to discuss global issues in education. In 2003 President John Sexton launched a $2.5 billion campaign for funds to be spent on faculty and financial aid resources.
Under Sextons leadership, NYU began its radical transformation into a global university. In 2009, the university responded to a series of New York Times interviews that showed a pattern of labor abuses in its fledgling Abu Dhabi location, creating a statement of
John M. Murphy
John Michael Murphy was a Democratic member of the U. S. House of Representatives from New York's 17th districts, he was convicted of taking bribes in the 1980 Abscam scandal. Murphy was born in Staten Island, New York City, New York and attended La Salle Military Academy, Amherst College, the United States Military Academy at West Point, he served in the U. S. Army from August 1944 to July 1956, first as an enlisted man before receiving his commission after four years at West Point. During his military service he received the Distinguished Service Cross and the Bronze Star, was discharged as a captain, he was elected as a Democrat to the 88th U. S. Congress and to the eight succeeding Congresses. Murphy was served 18 months in prison. During his time in Congress he chaired committees dealing with oceanic matters, he was a life long friend of Anastasio Somoza since their days as students at West Point. His son, Mark Murphy, is a real-estate developer who worked as an aide to Bill de Blasio during his tenure as New York City Public Advocate.
On January 19, 2012, Mark Murphy announced he would seek election to the Congressional seat his father once held. On November 6, Murphy lost the election to incumbent Republican Michael Grimm, 46.2% – 52.8%. Murphy died the age of 88 on May 25, 2015, at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY of complications from a heart attack. List of American federal politicians convicted of crimes List of federal political scandals in the United States
Staten Island Greenbelt
The Staten Island Greenbelt is a system of contiguous public parkland and natural areas in the central hills of the New York City borough of Staten Island. It is the second largest component of the parks owned by the New York City government and is maintained by the city's Department of Parks and Recreation and the Greenbelt Conservancy, a not-for-profit organization that works in partnership with NYC Parks to care for the Greenbelt and raise funds for its maintenance and programs; the administrative headquarters of the Greenbelt and Greenbelt Conservancy are located at the entrance to High Rock Park with a street address of 200 Nevada Avenue in the Egbertville neighborhood. The Greenbelt Conservancy, which works in partnership with the NYC Parks Department, is a membership organization offering year-round nature-themed events for young people and adults; the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, a citizen organization committed to the conservation and preservation of remaining natural area on Staten Island has, since the early 1970s, carried on the mission of its predecessor, SIGNAL.
Today the "Protectors" continue the tradition of organizing people concerned about the island’s fragile and threatened wilderness via lobbying and naturalist led hikes. A researchable archive of planning, public relations, other documents related to the Staten Island Greenbelt, its ecology and history, is housed at the library of the College of Staten Island, a campus of the City University of New York. Containing an extensive system of connected trails and covering 2,800 acres, its forested hills run the length of Staten Island's midsection while wetlands and kettle ponds fill much of the low-lying areas. Four hundred and ten feet above sea level, Todt Hill is the highest elevation south of Maine along the Eastern Seaboard; this and other surface features are the result of glacial activity from the Pleistocene epoch. The Greenbelt is one of the most biologically diverse places in New York City, it is home to several species of amphibians. On occasion northern "black" racer and eastern milksnakes are reported here.
Both species are threatened elsewhere on Staten Island due to habitat destruction due to development. The Greenbelt provides year-round habitat native mammals like the gray squirrel, eastern chipmunk, eastern cottontail, the white-tailed deer. Permanent bird residents include the blue jay, northern cardinal, downy woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, while northern flickers and other migrants use the Greenbelt as a stopover on seasonal migration routes. Raptors such as Cooper's hawks, redtail hawks, great horned owls call the greenbelt home; the waterways are rich in fish life, such species found here include the largemouth bass, green sunfish, brown bullhead, black crappie, yellow perch, chain pickerel, as well as several darter species. The native Lenni-Lenape, who inhabited the island centuries before the arrival of the Dutch dubbed Staten Island Aquehonga Monocknong or "the place of bad woods" because of the spirits they believed dwelled there; as today, the boulder-littered moraines were covered with many species of trees: oak, maple, beech, as well as lesser quantities of birch, sweet gum, black walnut, wild cherry, tulip.
Below the canopy of this sub-climax forest grew dogwood, spicebush, wild grape, Virginia creeper, sassafras, along with royal and cinnamon ferns, skunk cabbage, lady slipper, trout lilies in the wetter areas. Within the oak-mulch enriched soil, laid down over millennia, arrowheads have been found; these finds attest to both the Leni-Lenape’s subsistence on and unsuccessful defense of their home, which contained the natural resources that made it so attractive to first Dutch and British colonizers in the 17th and 18th centuries. Its forested hills, strategically located between and above the Raritan Bay and the New York Harbor, offered timber for ship building, iron ore for the production of cannonballs, a staging ground for British troops during the War for Independence. In the 1800s, several centuries after European settlers had come to, named and farmed large portions of Staten Island, travelers of a different sort arrived. Henry David Thoreau - in his furthest journey from his native Massachusetts – came for one year in 1843 in order to tutor the nephews of his friend and fellow transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Some years landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, famed for his design of urban parks throughout the U. S. settled for a time on a 130 acres experimental farm overlooking the Raritan Bay, which he called Tosomock Farm. After 10 years, he and his new bride left the island only to return in his life. After Olmsted left Tosomock Farm, farmer Erastus Winan bought it, renaming it "The Woods of Arden", which stands today at 4515 Hylan Boulevard, near Woods of Arden. In 1871, in his capacity as consultant to the Staten Island Improvement Commission, Olmsted made the following proposal for Staten Island:...it would be a simple plan to form a park … four miles in length … It would occupy a moderately central pos
Borough president is an elective office in each of the five boroughs of New York City. For most of the city's history, the office exercised significant executive powers within each borough, the five borough presidents sat on the New York City Board of Estimate. Since 1990, the borough presidents have been stripped of a majority of their powers in the government of New York City. Borough presidents advise the mayor, comment on land-use items in their borough, advocate borough needs in the annual municipal budget process, appoint some officials and community board members, serve ex officio as members of various boards and committees, they act as advocates for their boroughs to mayoral agencies, the city council, the New York State government, public corporations, private businesses. Their authorizing law is codified in title 4, sections 81 to 85 of the New York City Charter, while their regulations are compiled in title 45 of the New York City Rules. On January 1, 1898, the boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Richmond were created and consolidated into a unified city of New York.
As part of the consolidation, all town and county governments within the city were dissolved, their powers were given to the city and the boroughs. Manhattan and The Bronx comprised New York County, Brooklyn was the same as Kings County, the borough of Queens was the western third of Queens County, the borough of Richmond was the same as Richmond County; the boroughs did not replace them. The five offices of borough president were created to administer many of the previous responsibilities of the mayors of Brooklyn and Long Island City, the executive branch functions of the towns in Queens and Richmond, various county functions; the eastern two-thirds of Queens County was not part of the borough of Queens. On January 1, 1899, the New York State Legislature partitioned Queens County, forming Nassau County from the easternmost three towns — Oyster Bay and North Hempstead, covering about 280 square miles. On April 19, 1912, the New York State Legislature passed a law forming Bronx County from part of New York County on January 1, 1914, with the latter becoming coterminous with the Borough of Manhattan.
In 1975, the name of the borough of Richmond was changed to Staten Island. The initial city charter established the five borough president offices with terms of four years, coinciding with the term of the mayor; the salaries of the presidents of Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn were $5,000, those of Queens and Richmond were $3,000. The borough presidents were subject to removal for cause by the mayor, with approval by the governor, a replacement elected by the borough's aldermen and councilmen. Powers included membership and voting on the their borough's local boards, an office in the borough hall, appointive powers for a secretary and clerks, which became a source of political patronage. Along with the mayor, the comptroller and the president of the City Council, each of whom had two votes, the borough presidents each had one vote on the New York City Board of Estimate, which decided matters ranging from budgets to land use. In a writer's words, the offices of the borough presidents were created to preserve "local pride and affection for the old municipalities" after consolidation.
Borough presidents gained more authority, assisting in the formulation of more aspects of the city budget and controlling land use and franchise powers. Officials of political parties sometimes rewarded faithful public servants with nomination to the borough president position in primary elections, or election of an interim borough president via the aldermen or councilmen whose votes they controlled, in return for political patronage. Although some borough presidents served for decades, the position was sometimes used as a stepping-stone to other elective offices such as judgeships or, in the case of Robert F. Wagner, Jr. mayor. On March 22, 1989, the Supreme Court of the United States, in Board of Estimate of City of New York v. Morris unanimously declared the New York City Board of Estimate, which had no parallel anywhere else in the United States, unconstitutional on the grounds that Brooklyn, the city's most populous borough, with a population of 2.2 million at the time, had the same representation on the board as Staten Island, the city's least populous borough, with 350,000 residents, therefore was a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause pursuant to the high court's 1964 "one man, one vote" decision.
The city charter was revised and passed in a referendum that fall, the Board of Estimate was abolished. The offices of the borough presidents were retained, but with reduced power; the borough budgets became the responsibility of City Council. Borough presidents have a small discretionary budget for projects within their boroughs; the last significant power of the borough presidents, to appoint members of the New York City Board of Education, was abolished when the Board of Education became the Department of Education on June 30, 2002. The two major remaining appointments of the borough presidents are one member each on the New York City Planning Commission and one member each of the New York City Panel for Educational Policy. Borough presidents adopt specific projects to promote while in office, but since 1990 have been ceremonial leaders, they advise the mayor on issues relating to their boroughs, comment on land-use items in their boroughs, advocate for their boroughs' needs in the annual municipal budget process, appoint community boards, chair the
James P. Molinaro is an American politician, a former Borough President of Staten Island. Molinaro first won election as borough president on November 6, 2001 defeating his Democratic opponent Councilman Jerome X. O'Donovan, with 50 percent to 43 percent, he took office on January 1, 2002. Molinaro won re-election for a third and last term on November 3, 2009, with 46,061 votes compared to 27,356 votes for his challenger John Luisi, who challenged him in 2005. Molinaro was born in the Lower East Side of Manhattan to Italian immigrants, he has two sisters. He has lived in the Staten Island neighborhood of Fort Wadsworth since 1964, he is a widower since 1990 when his wife of 28 years, died of complications relating to scleroderma. The couple had two sons and Steven, his political career began in 1964. In 1976 he was elected as Chairman of the Richmond County Conservative Party and subsequently as Vice Chair of the State Party. In 1989, he was elected Executive Vice Chair of the New York State Conservative Party, a post he still holds today.
Molinaro served for 12 years as deputy borough president to former Borough President Guy V. Molinari, he served as chief of staff to Molinari when the latter was a congressman representing New York's 14th Congressional District. Molinaro has had two deputy borough presidents while in office, his first was Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. who left to become the Richmond County District Attorney in January 2004 after winning election to that office the previous November. The deputy post was left vacant until November 2006. After much speculation Molinaro named Ed Burke to the deputy position. Ed Burke had been executive assistant to Guy V. Molinari for twelve years and to Molinaro for nearly five. Over a 20-year period, he has served on the board of directors for the Veterans Memorial Sports Complex, Staten Island Community Television, New York State Regional Organ Transplant and Bayley Seton Hospital, he was the chairman of the St. Elizabeth Ann's Health and Rehabilitation Center which he helped to create.
In 1989, Molinaro helped to establish Staten Island’s first AIDS day care center and AIDS medical care facility. Molinaro serves on the board of the Heart Institute of Staten Island, a cardiac care facility, he is on the board of the Sisters of Charity Health Care Corporation. In 1991, in the memory of his late wife, Molinaro helped dedicate a local dialysis unit in her name. In 2000 St. Elizabeth Ann's Health and rehabilitation Center opened the James P. and Carol E. Molinaro Health Care and Rehabilitation Center Atrium. Molinaro has been critical of how Italian-Americans and Staten Island residents are both portrayed in the media. In 2010 he penned the introduction of Andrew Paul Mele's Italian Staten Island. Reacting to the development pressure threatening the character of Staten Island, Mr. Molinaro spearheaded the largest down zoning on Staten Island in more than 40 years, it affected more than 41,459 individual properties on 4,554 acres. This down zoning has reduced by 25% the total number of potential new dwelling units on Staten Island.
Since entering Borough Hall, Molinaro has aided in the allotment of nearly 100 million dollars to Park acquisition and maintenance. The renaissance of the South Beach Boardwalk, new recreational fields, an expansion of the Blue Belt and a quarter mile long fishing pier are just some of the parks related actives that have benefited from his capital funding. 25 percent of Staten Island is protected Parkland, a higher percentage than any other borough. Molinaro is a self-identified environmentalist. Molinaro was instrumental in bringing Visy Paper, Inc. to Staten Island in 1997. The company, a subsidiary of Australian-owned Pratt Industries, created hundreds of new jobs when it opened its cardboard recycling facility on Victory Blvd. Near the Arthur Kill, representing the largest single investment in manufacturing in New York City in the last 50 years. Molinaro was involved in the 2007 restoration of a freight rail service, linking Staten Island to the rest of the nation by rail for the first time in 16 years.
Molinaro has allotted $500,000 from his capital budget to purchase wireless laptop computers for all of Staten Island’s Intermediate schools as well as many elementary schools. He has worked with Mayor Michael Bloomberg to bring additional schools to Staten Island including P. S. 58 and I. S.. Molinaro has allocated $1,000,000 from Staten Island's capital budget for "electronic" blackboards for each public school on Staten Island. Although an advocate for urban parks and Fresh Kills Park itself, Molinaro has butted heads with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation over their refusal to consider the construction of wind turbines for renewable energy on the site. New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a Molinaro ally holds an opinion that the former landfill be a place where renewable energy should be generated but prefers the installation of a photovoltaic system instead. Molinaro has butted heads with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation over their refusal to open up unused former New York City Department of Sanitation roads within the landfill.
Molinaro believes that with the opening of these roads that congestion around the Richmond Avenue commercial district, which includes the Staten Island Mall would be alleviated. In the past, his predecessor Guy V. Molinari, former New York State Assemblyman Eric Nicholas Vitaliano held an opinion that the roads should be opened. In April 2011 the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation announced that it would constru
James Steven Oddo is a Republican politician from Staten Island serving as the Borough President of Staten Island. Born on Staten Island as the youngest of four sons in a family of city employees, James Oddo earned a B. A. from Fordham University and a J. D. from New York Law School. He started in politics by working as Chief of Staff to then-councilman John Fusco for seven years and as Legal Counsel to the former Council Minority Leader Thomas Ognibene, he was first elected in February 1999 in order to fill the seat vacated by John Fusco, has always been reelected since. After the resignation of Ognibene, he was elected Minority Leader of the City Council with the consent of the three other Republicans on the Council in 2002, his district, the 50th, is located on Staten Island and encompasses the neighborhoods of Arrochar, Bulls Head, Castleton Corners, Dongan Hills, Emerson Hill, Fort Wadsworth, Grant City, Grasmere, Heartland Village, Isle of Meadows, Meiers Corners, Midland Beach, New Dorp, New Springville, Ocean Breeze, Old Town, Prall's Island, South Beach, Todt Hill, Travis and Willowbrook.
On October 20, 2010, he announced he would run for the office of Staten Island Borough President in 2013. On November 5, 2013, he was elected to office with 48,168 votes, he outran Democratic candidate Lou Liedy, Green Party candidate Henry Bardel, Libertarian Party candidate Silas Johnson. His percentage of 69% was the highest for a non-incumbent winner of the office, beating the record set by Republican Robert Connor in 1965.. James Oddo was re elected Borough President on November 2017 with 75.56 % of the vote. Borough President Oddo championed the Staten Island Bus Study which has recommended major service changes to Staten Island express buses; as a result of the study, express bus service to Staten Island was to be reorganized in August 2018. As part of the redesign, all of the existing bus routes would be discontinued and replaced with 21 new routes with a "SIM" prefix. Councilman Oddo received attention when a video of the councilman appeared on YouTube around October 5, 2007. In the video clip, Oddo is shown being interviewed by a film crew from the Norwegian comedy show Rikets røst, a show similar to The Colbert Report.
The comedians had gained entry to councilman Oddo's office by posing as TV journalists who wanted to get the view of a Republican on the upcoming U. S. presidential election. Instead, the interviewer, Pia Haraldsen, played the role of an uninformed foreigner, she asked how Barack Obama could run for president, "as he is not a U. S. citizen" and asked if Senator Clinton could be president "after that embarrassing incident with the cigar?" On the aired clip, Haraldsen cannot refrain from smiling as Oddo starts swearing at and threatening the film crew. One of the film crew's cameras continues recording the incident, as Oddo, in a profanity-laced tirade, furiously tells them to get "the fuck" out of his office and threatens to physically harm the film crew. Oddo apologized, stating the tirade was "inappropriate" but that the sentiment beneath it was appropriate, despite threatening physical harm to the film crew. Oddo supported scandal-plagued Congressman Vito Fossella stating that he "knows what core is about" and "He is my friend... and I stand with him during the good times and I stand with him during the difficult times.
What he needs to do is what he did today: Say,'I'm ready to be held accountable and apologize and I have to heal myself, heal my relationship with my friends and family, heal my relationship with my community.'" Fossella subsequently declined to run for re-election. Oddo was believed to be running for surrogate court judge in 2018 despite running for election as Borough President in 2017; when asked about a potential surrogate court judge candidacy, Oddo stated that he did not know if he would serve a full second term. Oddo was re-elected Borough President in 2017.. Oddo chose not to run for Surrogate Court Judge. There have been concerns raised in the past about Oddo's views towards the Muslim community. There have been public statements by Oddo which some have interpreted to be indicative of Oddo being intolerant towards Muslims; as a city councilmember, Oddo has supported legislation which supports law enforcement profiling of Muslims. NYC Council: District 50 - James S. Oddo Longer version of Norwegian show Rikets røst including more of James Oddo interview Exploding New York City Councilman Refuses To Get'Punked'