Former Greenbelt Conservancy Head Named New Staten Island Parks Commish
Keeping It In The Family. Adena Long has been named the new Parks Department Borough Commissioner for Staten Island. Ms. Long formerly served as executive director of the not-for-profit Greenbelt Conservancy from 2002 to 2008. During that time, she was also a city Parks administrator, receiving two salaries. Current Staten Island Commissioner Tom Paulo was also a former Greenbelt Administrator. He is retiring after 17 years as parks commissioner.
But Ms. Long will have her work cut out for her: Staten Island's city and state delegations unloaded yesterday on city Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe during a City Hall meeting, telling him future Parks projects here need to "reflect Staten Island's priorities," said City Councilman James Oddo, who organized the 90-minute sit-down.
During the meeting, Oddo said Benepe declined to tell the borough's elected officials who would be replacing Tom Paulo, who retired as borough commissioner this summer. But he later called Councilman Vincent Ignizio to say it would be Ms. Long.