New Leadership at Staten Island's Snug Harbor

Diane J. Savino

October 08, 2010

Published: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 12:38 AM     Updated: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 7:09 AM

By Michael J. Fressola  Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The incoming new boss of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden is a 37-year-old former Staten Islander, an urban planner who spearheaded the redevelopment of Coney Island.

State Sen. Diane Savino said yesterday she got to know Ms. Kelly over the past few years and called her "a wonderful addition to Staten Island," adding, "She has a fabulous relationship with City Hall and I'm very happy that she's coming over to this side of the bridge."

he Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden is a 35-year-old adaptive-reuse project within an 83-acre city park. It encompasses several museums, a theater, music hall and gardens. Originally, from 1831 to 1976, the site was a self-sufficient, gated retirement home for mariners.

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