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Oddo Asks Residents to Vote for Best Anti-Litter PSA

By Nicholas Rizzi | June 10, 2014 4:27pm
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STATEN ISLAND — The borough president has narrowed down the top six public service announcements against littering submitted to his recent contest, and needs help picking the winner.

James Oddo called on Staten Islanders last month to make their own anti-littering PSAs to curb the amount of trash on the borough's streets. On Monday, he released the top six videos submitted, and will let residents vote online for a week on the best one.

“We have to take our anti-littering message to as wide an audience of Staten Islanders as possible,” Oddo said in a statement.  “What better way to reach Staten Islanders than by tapping into the creativity of Staten Islanders?”

The video submissions, mostly shot on camera phones, ranged from students to adults with a filmmaking hobby, Oddo said. Residents can watch the top six videos — made by Josh Pesin, Aria Mutkoski, James Demiro, Evan Batov, Jarryl Collier and students from I.S. 72 — on Oddo's website and vote for their favorite.

“These PSAs were really impressive and really focused on a clean Staten Island,” said Oddo. “They displayed community spirit, which was a pleasure to watch. I’ll need the public’s help to declare a winner because they are all good in different ways.”

Each visitor will be able to vote once per IP address until June 16 at 5 p.m., and the video with the most votes will become the borough's new anti-littering PSA, Oddo said.

Since April, Oddo has taken on a mission to clean the borough's streets of litter, including creating a mobile response team and calling on government agencies to clean up their land.