Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro said he plans to deliver a message of hope to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy at his final State of the Borough speech next week. NY1's Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.
It's a speech he normally delivers at the end of January, delayed this year because of Hurricane Sandy.
But when James Molinaro delivers his annual State of the Borough address on Thursday, he said his message will be that Staten Island will recover from the devastating storm.
"I think we're going to come back," Molinaro said. "We'll come back. It's going to be a struggle, it's going to be a hardship, but we'll come back."
Molinaro is still putting the finishing touches on the speech, which will be given, for the first time, at the newly restored St. George Theater.
He said the change of venue will allow his guests to see the work that's been done there, as well as give him an appropriate backdrop to tout his accomplishments during three terms.
"You're going to see a rehash of my 11 years," he said. "Whether you like it or not, you're going to get it."
What you'll also get is a lot of news about the island's recovery from Hurricane Sandy, including plans to build a monument for the 23 Staten Island residents killed in the storm.
Molinaro said he's not ready to announce details yet, but said he'll give an update about plans for selling storm-damaged homes to the government and how that might work.
He said that Hurricane Sandy delayed projects like the kiddie park and the restored Victory Diner in Ocean Breeze, but didn't cancel them.
"We're going to have what we planned," he said. "It'll be a year later, but we're going to have it."
Molinaro said that many projects are on schedule, such as plans for residential and retail space at the Stapleton Homeport, as well as the New York Wheel and Outlet Mall, to be built near the ferry terminal.
The Staten Island borough president said he'll split the rest of his time in office working on projects he's already started and helping the island recover from Hurricane Sandy. When asked what he'll do after his term is up, he said he's not yet sure.