A Guide to the John C. Rooney Collection

1980-2002


Archives & Special Collections
College of Staten Island Library, CUNY
2800 Victory Blvd., 1L-216
Staten Island, NY 10314

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Finding Aid by James A. Kaser


Overview of the Collection

Collection No. : SIM-22
Title: John C. Rooney Collection
Creator: John C. Rooney
Dates: 1980-2002
Extent: 4 cubic feet
Abstract: An advocate for environmental protection, John C. Rooney was an office-holder of the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, Staten Island Greenbelt Stewardship Council, Richmondtown and Clarke Avenue Civic Association, Inc., and the Joint Mid-Island Civic Associations, Inc. and wrote a column for the alternative weekly newspaper, The Staten Island Register.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The John C. Rooney, Archives & Special Collections, Department of the Library, College of Staten Island, CUNY, Staten Island, New York.

Acquisition

This collection was donated to the College of Staten Island by John C. Rooney on September 13, 2011.

Processing Information

Collection processed by James A. Kaser.

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Restrictions

Access

Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright Notice

The researcher assumes full responsibility for compliance with laws of copyright. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Coordinator of Archives & Special Collections.

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Biographical Sketch

As an avocation since 1986, Mr. Rooney worked on park creation, wetland and stream corridor preservation, coastal issues, land use/zoning, and related transportation and air quality issues on Staten Island, and to a much lesser degree, regionally. He worked to preserve as much open space as possible in Staten Island, the fastest growing county in New York State.

This work was executed as a board member and Vice President of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, Inc. (PPOW), and Chairperson of PPOW’s Greenbelt Additions Committee; Co-Chairperson of the Staten Island Greenbelt Stewardship Council; an officer of the Richmondtown & Clarke Avenue Civic Association, Inc.; and an officer of the Joint Mid-Island Civic Associations, Inc.

To further his volunteer civic activities, Mr. Rooney was a columnist and contributing writer (1996-2003) for the alternative weekly Staten Island Register, and wrote numerous letters to the editor and opinion pieces concerning Staten Island’s environmental and planning issues published in the The Register, The Staten Island Advance, The New York Times, and New York Magazine.

A native of Staten Island, he graduated from Monsignor Farrell High School and New York University.

Civic Involvement

NYCDCP’s South Richmond Zoning Study Advisory Committee Member.

NYCDEP’s South Richmond Drainage Plan Advisory Committee Member, working on the redesign of the sanitary and storm water drainage plan for the southern third (22 sq. mi.) of Staten Island in order to recognize new parks and wetlands, and stream corridors that would have been obliterated by the existing 1961 plan. Realized from this plan was the Staten Island Bluebelt system.

Member, Advisory Committee, NYCDPR’s Staten Island Greenbelt Master Plan (1989-1991).

Chairperson, Richmond Creek Watershed Committee, and Amundsen Trailway Committee, Richmondtown & Clarke Avenue Civic Association, Inc.

Member, Department of City Planning’s Special Natural Area District Task Force.

Steering Committee Member, Parks Council’s  “Prototype Park Conditions Survey” (1998). Parks surveys and ratings by the Parks Council (now New Yorkers for Parks) became an ongoing initiative and was a technique adopted by the Mayor and Parks Commissioner.

Advisor to the Natural Areas Initiative, a joint project of the Parks Council and the New York City Audubon Society.

Founding Member and Coordinator, Staten Island Transportation Action Alliance.

Member, Technical Advisory Committee, New York State Department of Transportation’s Staten Island Arterial Needs Study (1990–1994) and the Staten Island Expressway Major Investment Study (1997–2002).

Representative to Environment ‘90, a conference of 150 local and national groups to form an environmental platform for New York City. Served on the open space working group.

Founding coordinator, Coalition for the Amundsen Trailway.

Publications:

Contributor, Protectors of Pine Oak Woods. Twenty Years of Green: Celebrating Two Decades of Progress in Protecting Staten Island’s Natural Heritage by Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (New York : Tanner-Durso Printing Co., 1993).

Editor and contributor, Kershner, Bruce. Secret Places of Staten Island : A Visitor's Guide to Scenic and Historic Treasures of Staten Island (sponsored by Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, Inc.). (Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt, 1998).

Acknowledged advisor, Tiner, Ralph W. Wetlands of Staten Island, New York: Valuable Vanishing Urban Wildlands. (Hadley, Mass.: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, Northeast Region, 2000).

Acknowledged advisor, Blanchard, Peter P. III, et. al. An Islanded Nature: Natural Area Conservation and Restoration in Western Staten Island, Including the Harbor Herons Region. (New York: The Trust for Public Land and the New York City Audubon Society, 2001).

Contributor, Bulletin of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods. Articles in numerous issues.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms.

Subject Names

Rooney, John C.

Subject Topics

Coalition for the Amundsen Trailway
Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Richmondtown & Clarke Avenue Civic Association, Inc.
South Richmond Drainage Plan
South Richmond Zoning Study
Staten Island Greenbelt Stewardship Council

 

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Container Listing

Box# Folder# Title
1 1 PPOW. Constitution and By-Laws (1980) and Drafts (1988)
1 2 PPOW. Board Meeting Materials (1991)
1 3 PPOW.  Board Meeting Materials (1992)
1 4 PPOW.  Board of Directors Meeting Materials (1993)
1 5 PPOW.  Board Meeting Materials (1994)
1 6 PPOW.  Board Meeting Materials (1995)
1 7 PPOW.  Board Meeting Materials (1996)
1 8 PPOW.  Minutes - Board Meeting (1997)
1 9 PPOW.  Board of Directors Meeting Materials (1998)
1 10 PPOW.  Board Meeting Materials (1999)
1 11 PPOW.  Board Meeting Materials (2000)
1 12 PPOW.  Futures/Board Restructuring Committee (1998)
1 13 PPOW.  Futures/Board Restructuring/Steering/By-Laws Committee (1997)
1 14 PPOW. Greenbelt Additions Committee (2000)
1 15 PPOW.  Steering Committee (1/1997-5/1997)
     
2 1 PPOW.  Steering Committee (6/1997-12/1997)
2 2 PPOW.  Transportation and Corridor De-mapping Committee (1996-1999)
2 3 PPOW.  Comment on NYS’s Coastal Zone Management Draft Program (1991)
2 4 PPOW vs. Giuliani, et al.  Order to Show Cause (1999)
2 5 PPOW vs. Giuliani, et al.  Affirmation in Opposition (1999)
2 6 PPOW vs. Giuliani, et al.  Cross Motion to Dismiss (1999)
2 7 PPOW vs. Giuliani, et al.  New York City Farm Colony – Reuse Study  n.d.
2 8 College of Staten Island Traffic Planning
2 9 An Islanded Nature
2 10 Father Capodanno Boulevard Extension (1989)
2 11 Father Capodanno Boulevard Extension Study (1991)
2 12  Father Capodanno Boulevard Extension Study – Correspondence/Notes (1991)
2 13 Father Capodanno Boulevard Extension (1996)
2 14 Kalien Commons (1996-1997)
2 15 Kalien Commons (1999)
2 16 Kalien Commons (2000)
2 17 Kalien Commons Planning Assessments (1997-1999)
2 18 Letters to the Editor (General) (1997-1999)
     
3 1 NASCAR – Environmental Assessment Statement (2004)
3 2 New York State Open Space Conservation Planning (1993; 1997; 2000)
3 3 Richmond Creek Drainage Plant (1991; 1997; 1998)
3 4 Richmond Parkway Alternatives Study – Meeting Minutes (1988)
3 5 Richmond Parkway Alternatives Study – Final Report (1988)
  3 6 Richmond Parkway Alternatives Study – Final Report Appendices A-D (1988)
  3 7 Richmond Parkway Alternative Study – Final Report – Appendix E (1988)
  3 8 Richmond Parkway De-Mapping (1990-1991)
  3 9 Richmond Parkway De-Mapping (1992-1993)
  3 10 Richmond Parkway De-Mapping (1994-1995)
  3 11 Richmond Parkway De-Mapping (1996)
  3 12 Richmond Parkway De-Mapping (1997)
  3 13 Richmond Parkway De-Mapping (1998)
  3 14 Rockland Avenue (1996; 1998)
  3 15 Rockland Avenue (1999)
  3 16 Rockland Avenue (2000)
  3 17 Rockland Avenue (2001)
       
  4 1 Rockland Avenue (2002; 2003; 2005)
  4 2 Rockland Avenue – FOIL Request Response NYC DOT  (8/02/2002)
  4 3 Rockland Avenue – FOIL Response NYC DOT (5/23/2001)
  4 4 Rockland Avenue –Maps and Schematics (2001?)
  4 5 Rockland Avenue – Nature Center Construction (2000-2002)
  4 6 Rockland Avenue – Nature Center Legal Action (2002-2003)
  4 7 Rockland Avenue – Nature Center Construction – Legal Documents (2003)
  4 8 Rockland Avenue – Preliminary Design Investigation (2/14/2000)
  4 9 Rockland Avenue – Preliminary Design Report (12/13/1999)
  4 10 Rockland Avenue – Sewer Project (1997; 2001)
  4 11 Seaview – Draft Scope of Work for Environmental Impact Statement (June, 2002)
  4 12 Seaview – Final Scope of Work for Environmental Impact Statement (Aug.,  2002)
  4 13 Seaview – Senior Housing Proposal  (1996; 2000; 2001; 2002; 2004; n.d.)
  4 14 South LaTourette Park Soil Survey (1996-1997)
  4 15 South Richmond Zoning Study Advisory Committee (1999)
  4 16 South Richmond Zoning Study Advisory Committee – Special South Richmond Development District  (1995)
  4 17 South Richmond Zoning  Study Advisory Committee (1995)
  4 18 South Richmond Zoning Study Advisory Committee (1996)
       
  5 1 South Richmond Zoning Study Advisory Committee (1997)
  5 2 South Richmond Zoning Study Advisory Committee (1998)
  5 3 Southwest South Richmond Re-Zoning (1996-2000)
  5 4 Spirit of the Forest: Native American Skills in Environmental Education (n.d.)
  5 5 Staten Island Arterial Needs Study (SIANS), Scope of Work (April 15, 1988)
  5 6 Staten Island Arterial Needs Study (SIANS) –Technical Reports (1991)
  5 7 Staten Island Arterial Needs Study (SIANS)– Technical Advisory Committee (1980-1990)
  5 8 Staten Island Arterial Needs Study (SIANS) – Technical Advisory Committee (1991)
  5 9 Staten Island Arterial Needs Study (SIANS) – Technical Advisory Committee (1992)
  5 10 Staten Island Arterial Needs Study (SIANS) – Technical Advisory Committee Notes (1993)
  5 11 Staten Island Arterial Needs Study (SIANS)– Technical Advisory Committee: Final Report (April, 1994)
  5 12 Newsletter - Staten Island Arterial Needs Study (SIANS) (1990)
  5 13 Staten Island Greenbelt and Amundsen Trailway Bicycle Paths (1990; 1993; 1995)
  5 14 Staten Island Greenbelt and Amundsen Trailway Bicycle Paths (1996)
  5 15 Staten Island Greenbelt and Amundsen Trailway Bicycle Paths (1997)
  5 16 Staten Island Greenbelt and Amundsen Trailway Bicycle Paths (1998)
  5 17 Staten Island Greenbelt and Amundsen Trailway Bicycle Paths (1999)
  5 18 Staten Island Greenbelt – Map Revision (2001)
  5 19 Staten Island Greenbelt Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (1990)
       
  6 1 Staten Island Greenbelt Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee ( 1991-1992)
  6 2 Staten Island Greenbelt  Stewardship Council (1990)
  6 3 Staten Island Greenbelt  Stewardship Council (1991)
  6 4 Staten Island Greenbelt  Stewardship Council (1992)
  6 5 Staten Island Greenbelt  Stewardship Council (1993)
  6 6 Staten Island Greenbelt  Stewardship Council (1994)
  6 7 Staten Island Greenbelt  Stewardship Council (1995)
  6 8 Staten Island Greenbelt  Stewardship Council (1996)
  6 9 Staten Island Greenbelt  Stewardship Council (1997)
  6 10 Staten Island Greenbelt  Stewardship Council (1998)
  6 11 Staten Island Greenbelt  Stewardship Council (1999)
  6 12 Staten Island Greenbelt  Stewardship Council (2000)
  6 13 Staten Island Greenbelt  - Greenway Research File (1990-1991)
  6 14 Staten Island Wetlands – Annotated “Regulations Related to Permit Hearing Procedures” (1985)
  6 15 Staten Island Wetlands – Bluebelt (1991)
  6 16 Staten Island Wetlands – Bluebelt (1993-1994)
  6 17 Staten Island Wetlands – FOIL Request (2002)
       
  7 1 Staten Island Wetlands – Draft: Programmatic EIS on SI Freshwater Wetlands Preservation (1990)
  7 2 Staten Island Wetlands – Comments on Draft Generic Environmental Impact  Statement on Staten Island’s Freshwater Wetland Program (1991)
  7 3 Staten Island Wetlands – Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (1992)
  7 4 Staten Island Wetlands – Forwarded Amicus Brief (1997)
  7 5 Staten Island Wetlands – “Hydrologic Reconnaisance of the South Beach Freshwater Wetlands” (1992)
  7 6 Staten Island Wetlands – NYC DEP: “Staten Island Bluebelt” (2003)
  7 7 Staten Island Wetlands – Nationwide Permit System (1999)
  7 8 Staten Island Wetlands – Public Hearing Materials – Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (1990)
  7 9 Staten Island Wetlands – Request for Environmental Impact Statement (2001)
  7 10 Staten Island Wetlands – South Richmond Drainage Plans (2001; 2003)
  7 11 Staten Island Wetlands – Tidal Wetlands Protection (1997; 1998)
  7 12 Willowbrook Parkway/Amundsen Trailway (1989)
  7 13 Willowbrook Parkway/Amundsen Trailway (1990)
       
  8 1 Willowbrook Parkway/Amundsen Trailway (1991)
  8 2 Willowbrook Parkway/Amundsen Trailway (1992)
  8 3 Willowbrook Parkway/Amundsen Trailway (1993)
  8 4 Willowbrook Parkway/Amundsen Trailway (1994)
  8 5 Willowbrook Parkway/Amundsen Trailway (1995)
  8 6 Willowbrook Parkway/Amundsen Trailway (1996)
  8 7 Willowbrook Parkway/Amundsen Trailway (1997)
  8 8 Willowbrook Parkway/Amundsen Trailway (1998)
  8 9 Willowbrook Parkway/Amundsen Trailway (1999)
  8 10 Willowbrook Parkway/Amundsen Trailway (2000)
  8 11 Willowbrook Trailway/Amundsen Trailway (2001)
  8 12 Willowbrook Trailway/Amundsen Trailway – Petition (1989)
  8 13 Willowbrook Parkway/Amundsen Trailway – Joint Mailing (1989)
  8 14 Willowbrook Parkway/Amundsen Trailway – Hike Flyers and Notes (1989-1992)
  8 15 Willowbrook Parkway/Amundsen Trailway – Reviews of Transportation Analyses (April 29, 1996)
  8 16 Willowbrook Trailway/Amundsen Parkway – Status Reports (1989-1990)
  8 17 Willowbrook Parkway/Amundsen Trailway – Strategy of Rebutting Mr. Molinari’s Master Plan (1996)
  8 18 Willowbrook Parkway/Amundsen Trailway – Ocotber 28, 1989 Hike
  8 19 Willowbrook Parkway/Amundsen Trailway – Richmond Parkway Alternatives Study (1988)
  8 20 Willowbrook Parkway/Amundsen Trailway – Timeline (1983-1989)
  8 21 Willowbrook Parkway/Amundsen Trailway – “A Road to Ruin? Or A Gateway to the Greenbelt” (1989)
  8 22 Willowbrook Trailway/Amundsen Parkway – Flyer Draft (1989)
  8 23 Willowbrook Trailway/Amundsen Parkway – “The Amundsen Trailway” by Kathy Vorwick (1989; 1989)
  8 24 Willowbrook Trailway/Amundsen Parkway – Notes (1989-1992)
  8 25 Willowbrook Trailway/Amundsen Parkway – Maps (n.d.)
       
  9 1 Newsclippings (1974)
  9 2 Newsclippings (1984)
  9 3 Newsclippings (1987)
  9 4 Newsclippings (1988)
  9 5 Newsclippings (1989)
  9 6 Newsclippings (1990-1992)
  9 7 Newsclippings (1993; 1994)
  9 8 Newsclippings (1995)
  9 9 Newsclippings (1996)
  9 10 Newsclippings (1997)
  9 11 Newsclippings (1998)
  9 12 Newsclippings (1999)
  9 13 Newsclippings (2000)
  9 14 Newsclippings (2001)
  9 15 Newsclippings (2002)
  9 16 Newsclippings (2003)
  9 17 Newsclippings (2005)

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