by Tom Wrobleski
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — City Councilman-elect Steven Matteo (R-Mid-Island) has picked top staffers as he prepares to take office on Jan. 1.
Matteo has hired David Carr to be his chief of staff. Carr currently serves in that role for Assemblyman Joe Borelli (R-South Shore).
Matteo has also said that Angela Thornton-Lesane, the current deputy chief of staff to outgoing GOP Councilman James Oddo, has been hired as deputy chief of staff and budget director.
“The Mid-Island has enjoyed the gold standard when it comes to public service for the last 15 years,” said Matteo, who has served as Oddo’s chief of staff. “And I’m assembling a staff that can give the 50th District the kind of representation that they have rightfully come to expect from their Councilmember.”
Before joining Borelli, Carr, 26, a Grasmere resident, served two years as a constituent services representation for Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn).
He worked on the 2009 re-election campaign of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Republican Daniel Donovan’s 2010 run for Attorney General.
Ms. Thornton-Lesane, 26, of West Brighton, served several years as a constituent and community liaison for Oddo before becoming deputy chief of staff. She also worked on Oddo’s Council re-election campaign and was Matteo’s campaign treasurer.
Matteo pledged that he and his new staff will be “relentless” in fighting for Mid-Island constituents.
“I understand the importance of having a top-notch staff,” Matteo said. “I have had the privilege of leading Jimmy Oddo’s staff, and as councilmember I will continue that hard work and determination that has resulted in improving the quality of life for the people of the 50th District.”
Salaries were not announced because Matteo’s Council budget has yet to be finalized.