The office of borough president was created at the time of the consolidation of Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island into the City of Greater New York in 1898. The idea of borough president, the charter said, was to preserve "local pride and affection." But the presidents' heyday drew to an end in 1989 when the Board of Estimate was eliminated and their powers diminished. Today, the borough presidents make a few appointments, chair the borough boards, and oversee the delivery of services in their boroughs. They can also propose legislation in City Council. (Adapted from "Being Borough President," Gotham Gazette, 2005)
Henry Bardel (G)
Richard Luthmann (D)(Kicked off ballot)
Louis Liedy (D)
James S Oddo (R, I, WF, C)
Biography: A politician who looks like a politician, James Oddo was elected to the New York City Council in 1999, replacing his mentor John Fusco, for whom he was Chief-of-Staff. In 2002 he was elected Minority Leader of the Council, and was re-elected to this position in 2004, 2006, and 2010. He has a B.A. from Fordham University and a J.D. from the New York Law School.