Senator Diane Savino & SIEDC Announce Grant for Local Needs Assessment Study

Study assesses 5 core points impacting local Economic Development.

From left to right: Diane Arneth, Executive Director of Community Health Action Of S.I., Cesar Claro,SIEDC President & CEO; State Senator Diane Savino, Ralph Branca,SIEDC Chairman; Carol Decina, National Grid and Eileen Cifone, from National Grid

Staten Island, New York, June 26, 2018: Staten Island has seen significant development over the past five years, however, planning efforts have not kept pace with this construction boom. Local leaders are concerned with a variety of related economic development issues, so in response, SIEDC has secured a grant from New York State Senator Diane Savino and National Grid to conduct a Local Needs Assessment leading to a borough wide Master Plan.

“I am very excited to team with SIEDC on this long-term vision for the borough and thank them for their commitment not just to economic development, but all of the strategies that inform smart planning and a lasting, equitable and innovative project,” said Senator Diane Savino.

The Local Needs Assessment will focus on five core areas of study — demographics and population trends, land use, strategic location analysis, transportation and infrastructure and recommendations and planning efforts.

The land use portion will address many key areas of concern including housing stock and quality, overcrowding, proposed zoning changes and redevelopment areas — especially in the industrial realm.

The strategic locations analysis will inventory community and non-profit facilities, open space and critical habitats including wetlands and floodplains. This will help make sure that the borough is creating the greatest possibly equity for all residents — including those most in need.

A significant focus of the work will be on transportation and infrastructure which are the most significant obstacles to development — and quality of life — on Staten Island. The study will analyze a variety of factors including existing and proposed transportation facilities, a utilities assessment and connectivity to the region via mass transit.

Finally, the action item to be informed by these studies is the Recommendations & Planning section. The work will consider the Local Needs Assessment’s relationship to other plans, as well as recommendations related to transportation policy, waterfront access, park and open space activation, healthy housing, transit oriented development, adaptive re-use of older buildings and business improvement district expansion.

Public outreach sessions will be held during the assessment process by the consulting firm which will be determined in mid-July. SIEDC’s offices will also be open (by appointment) for intake meetings with community residents.

To learn more, please contact SIEDC First Vice President, Steve Grillo at

SIEDC is a 501 ©(3) not for profit corporation, the mission of the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) is to enhance a thriving Staten Island economy by promoting public and private investment, and encouraging the development of commercial and industrial property and projects in an environmentally friendly manner, all of which improve the quality of life and provide broad and diverse employment opportunities.