Jim has served as City Councilman since 1999 and is one of the more popular politicians in the borough.
After serving as chief of staff for then-councilman John Fusco, Jim was first elected in a February 1999 special election to represent the 50th Council District, serving parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn.
In 2002, Councilman Oddo was unanimously selected to serve as Minority Leader by the Council’s Republican delegation, a position he has held since then.
While in office, Councilman Oddo has authored many important pieces of legislation, including a bill requiring the placement of life-saving AED’s in many public places, a bill to institute a registration system for one, two, and three-family home builders, a bill to protect houses of worship from vandals, legislation to protect high school age baseball players by limiting the use of non-wood bats, legislation increasing penalties for the illegal use or possession of dangerous fireworks, a bill mandating that the city fly the POW/MIA flag over our city parks, as well as many others.
In 2006, Councilman Oddo was appointed to Chair the new Task Force on Operations & Improvement of the Department of Buildings.
While in office, he has delivered $120 million for our schools, parks, senior centers, and other important projects that directly benefit the Staten Island community.
He announced his candidacy for Staten Island Borough President at Farrell on May 5, 2013, at an event he called “A Sort of Homecoming” in honor of the school’s lasting effect on him.
Always conscious of the plight of his constituents, Oddo had refrained from campaigning in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.