500 People Turn Out For Nicotra’s ‘Employee Appreciation BBQ

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Hoteliers Richard and Lois Nicotra hosted the Nicotra Group's 9th Annual Employee Appreciation BBQ on Thursday, Aug. 18. Richard shared, “Each day, our team works to provide tenants, clients, and guests with exceptional hospitality and service. Lois and I are grateful for our employees’ efforts — they are truly our company’s most valuable asset.” Read Full Article

Nicotra Foundation awards $40K to benefit local community

Philanthropists Richard and Lois Nicotra, gathered with 63 of The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation grant recipients at their Bloomfield social enterprise eatery, the COMMONS cafe on May 24, 2017, to present a total of $42,329 in awards and scholarships; 100% of the profits from the COMMONS cafe contribute to the funding for these non-profit organizations and scholarship students. Read Full Article

5 healthy & tasty restaurant dishes to try on Staten Island now

Food with integrity. Find salubrious options at the Teleport's Commons Cafe where (bonus!) all proceeds of the casual breakfast and lunch eatery go toward local charities. Here is a spicy honey chicken with mango and avocado salad, although the options are endless as one can create-his-own salad. If the weather's nice there is an outdoor seating area to enjoy a meal outside of the perky, yellow-themed dining area. Commons Cafe is located at 2 Teleport Dr., Bloomfield; 347-466-4207, CommonsCafeSI.com. life-should-be Life should be delicious. Breakfast scones, when available, will be prepped with oats, for crunch and an extra dose of fiber. "We always feature the healthier option available that perhaps incorporates more grains or a greater majority of fruits or vegetables into the dish," Nicotra Group chief of staff Kristine Garlisi says. So at the Hilton's resident restaurant, a slew of items are called out on the menu that are low in fat. View this article on silive.com 

List of Top 50 most influential Staten Islanders released

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Ever wonder who the most powerful people are on Staten Island? Who wields the most influence on the political, cultural, business, non-profit and government landscapes on our borough? Well, wonder no more. A list of the 50 most powerful people on Staten was released yesterday. City & State, a media company focused on government and politics in New York, compiled the "Staten Island 50" most influential men and women. In the No. 1 spot on the list of power brokers and community leaders are hoteliers and philanthropists, Lois and Richard Nicotra, owners of the Hilton Garden in Bloomfield as well as the Commons Cafe, which donates back 100 percent of profits — close to $500,000 since 2011 — to Staten Island non-profits. "We are thrilled that the prestigious City & State media powerhouse thinks we are worthy of this award and we congratulate all the fellow Staten Islanders on the list," said Richard Nicotra of the recognition. Lois Nicotra added, "Anytime a light shines on the great things that happen on Staten Island, especially to a national audience, it makes our hearts sing. We've always loved and believed in Staten Island - and we feel that affection reflected on us." Former Borough President James Molinaro, who still has tremendous influence over the Conservative Party, came in at No. 7. "I'm very grateful to the people of Staten Island who made this happen by giving me the opportunity to serve them," he said during a phone interview. David Sorkin, Executive Director of the Staten Island JCC, and former Councilman Alfred Cerullo III, the President and CEO of Grand Central Partnership, made the Top 10. College of Staten Island President Dr. William Fritz, who has forged countless partnerships with businesses and non profits, also made the list. "It is a real honor and a humbling experience to be named along with so many distinguished Staten Islanders who have given of themselves to make our borough a better place," said Dr. Fritz. "I am also especially proud of the leadership role that the College of Staten Island is taking in the community." Lynn Kelly, President and CEO of Snug Harbor Cultural Center, came in at No. 38. Lynn also leads NYC & Company's mission to promote arts and tourism on Staten Island. "I am humbled to be recognized amongst so many Staten Islanders who love this borough and work for its betterment every day," she said. "I am particularly honored to be in the same company as several of Snug Harbor's board members and eight other accomplished women." The Staten Island 50 most influential people, as compiled by City & State are: 1: Rich and Lois Nicotra, Owners, Nicotra Properties 2: Brian Laline, Executive Editor, Staten Island Advance 3: Vincent Ignizio, CEO, Catholic Charities of Staten Island 4: John Alexander, Chairman and CEO, Northfield Bank 5: David Sorkin, Executive Director, Staten Island JCC 6: Donna Proske, Executive Director, Staten Island University Hospital 7: James Molinaro, Chairman Emeritus, Richmond County Conservative Party and Senior Managing Director, Pitta, Bishop, Del Giorno & Giblin 8: Rev. Dr. Victor Brown, Senior Pastor, Mount Sinai United Christian Church 9: Linda Baran, President and CEO, Staten Island Chamber of Commerce 10: Alfred Cerullo, President and CEO, Grand Central Partnership 11: Vincent Pitta and Jon Del Giorno, Founding Partners, Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin 12: John Gulino, Richmond County Democratic Committee Chairman 13: Ed Burke, Deputy Borough President 14: Jim Easley, General Manager, General Growth Properties 15: Allen Cappelli, Attorney, NYC Civil Service Commission 16: Terry Troia, Executive Director, Project Hospitality 17: William Fritz, President, College of Staten Island 18: Yaakov Lehrfield, Rabbi, Young Israel of Staten Island 19: Edward Delatorre, NYPD Borough Commander, Staten Island 20: Anthony Pascale, Anchor/Reporter, NY1 21: Steve Fiala, Richmond County Clerk 22: Anthony Ferreri, Executive Vice President and Chief Affiliation Officer, Northwell Health 23: Pat Caltabiano, Founder and Executive Director, World of Women 24: Frank Siller, Chairman and CEO, Tunnel to Towers Foundation 25: Deirdre DeAngelis, Principal, New Dorp High School 26: Sandy Krueger 27: Stu Brenker, Community Activist 28: James Prendamano, Managing Director, Casandra Properties 29: Farid Kader, CEO, Yellow Boots 30: Dennis Quirk, President, New York State Court Officers Association 31: Ray Masucci, President and Founder, Masucci Developers LLC 32: Kathryn Krause Rooney, Chairwoman, Richmond University Medical Center 33: Tom Cocola, Staten Island Borough Commissioner, NYC DOT 34: Dennis Mckeon, Executive Director, Where to Turn 35: Murray Berman, Real estate developer, community activist 36: Harold Wagner, Chairman, Richmond Country Conservative Party 37: Anthony Lodico, Superintendent, Staten Island Public Schools 38: Lynn Kelly, President and CEO, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden 39: John Fusco, Staten Island Borough Hall Counsel 40: Leticia Remauro, President & CEO, The Von Agency 41: Daniel Cassella, President, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 726 42: Guy Molinari, Former Borough President 43: Al Curtis, Chairman, Staten Island Salvation Army 44: Grandmaster Jhong Uhk Kim, Businessman 45: Teddy Atlas, Founder and Chairman, Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation 46: Vito Fossella Jr., Managing Director, Park Strategies 47: Bill Smith, President, Staten Island Youth Soccer League 48: Joseph Delaney, Founder, Bread of Life Food Drive 49: Ralph Porzio, Attorney 50: John Hudson Dilgen, Activist View Article on SILive.com...

Mayor lauds Hilton for ‘environmental responsibility’

“It’s about time our borough was known in a positive way for its approach to garbage. On June 30, the Nicotras’ Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island in Bloomfield had reason to celebrate when it garnered citywide recognition by the Mayor’s Office for its environmental responsibility” June 2016 Article As Seen In

Staten Island Social Scene: Nicotra Foundation awards nearly $50K to borough

IMG_0589 The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation awarded nearly $50,000 to "Do Good" on Staten Island during an awards ceremony June 2nd  at the Nicotra-operated COMMONS Café, where 100 percent of the profits benefit Staten Island.             Grants are presented both as scholarships to an employee's child and as assistance to non-profit organizations which benefit the Staten Island community. Founded in 2011, The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation aids non-profit organizations on Staten Island as they help our community, while providing assistance to Lois and Richard's employees' children and grandchildren.
Utilizing the COMMONS café as a venue for the grant ceremony is meaningful in that it allows patrons and employees of the café to realize the "Eat Good. Do Good." motto of the COMMONS cafe, since 100% of the café's profits benefit Foundation recipients. Grant recipients included:
  • All-Island Kiwanis (Awarded $500)
  • AMVETS Post 917 Tamburri Memorial, Inc. (Awarded $500)
  • Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater (Awarded $500)
  • Brighton Kiwanis Foundation (Awarded $500)
  • Busy Beach Day Care Center (Awarded $500)
  • Camp Good Grief of Staten Island, Inc. (Awarded $750)
  • Carl V. Bini Memorial Foundation (Awarded $1,000)
  • Conference House Association (Awarded $500)
  • Council on The Arts & Humanities For Staten Island (Staten Island Arts) (Awarded $1,000)
  • Eibs Pond Education Restoration Program (Awarded $500)
  • Families Helping Families Resource & Recreation Center, Inc. (Awarded $750)
  • Good Counsel, Inc. (Awarded $750)
  • Green Technology Club of Tottenville High School (Awarded $750)
  • Jewish Community Center of Staten Island (Awarded $750)
  • John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School (Awarded $1,500)
  • Harbor Lights Theatre Company, Inc. (Awarded $750)
  • I.S. 27 PTA (Awarded $500)
  • Italian American Women of Staten Island, Inc. (Awarded $500)
  • Lifestyles For The Disabled, Inc. (Awarded $750)
  • Marsh Avenue Expeditionary Learning School (Awarded $500)
  • McKee Career and Technical High School Parent Teacher Association (Awarded $500)
  • Michael's Cause Inc. (Awarded $1,000)
  • The Minty Organization for the Performing Arts, Inc. (Awarded $500)
  • Monsignor Farrell High School (Awarded $500)
  • Museum of Maritime Navigation and Communication (Awarded $500)
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Awarded $1,500)
  • On Your Mark, Inc. (Awarded $1,500)
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel/St. Benedicta Church (Awarded $500)
  • P.S. 13 PTA (Awarded $500)
  • P.S. 30 (Awarded $500)
  • P.S. 44 The Thomas Brown School (Awarded $500)
  • PS 59 The Harbor View School PTA (Awarded $500)
  • P.S./I.S. 861 - Staten Island School of Civic Leadership (Awarded $500)
  • Richmond County Bar Association (Awarded $1,000)
  • Richmond County Youth Complex (Awarded $1,000)
  • Richmond Engine Company 1 (Awarded $750)
  • Richmond Senior Services, Inc. (Awarded $750)
  • Soroptimist International of Staten Island (Awarded $500)
  • South Shore Babe Ruth Baseball (Awarded $500)
  • South Shore Rotary (Awarded $500)
  • Staten Island Community Partnership, Inc (Awarded $500)
  • Staten Island Federation of Parent Teacher Associations (Awarded $1,000)
  • Staten Island Giving Circle (Awarded $500)
  • Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame, Inc. (Awarded $1,000)
  • Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company (Awarded $750)
  • St. George Theatre Restoration, Inc. (Awarded $1,000)
  • St. John's University (Awarded $1,000)
  • St. John Villa Academy (Awarded $750)
  • Susan E. Wagner High School Instructional Support Services (Awarded $1,000)
  • Theatre Rehabilitation for Youth Inc. (Awarded $500)
  • Troop 26 Boy Scouts Of America (Awarded $750)
  • Wagner College (Awarded $500)
Previously Awarded:
  • The GRACE Foundation of New York ($250)
  • John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School ($1,500)
  • Sunrise Camp ($250)
Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to the following employees' children:
  • Piumi Navoda Ahelapa Gamage, a student at the College of Staten Island.
  • Nicholas Lione, a student at Alfred University.
  • Luke Lombardi, a student at Binghamton.
  • Jessica Lynch, a student at Alfred University.
  • Maria Christine Mazzola, a student at Kean University.
Since 2011, The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation has awarded a total of $479,109 to non-profit organizations and scholarship recipients. CELEBRATIONS: JUNE 9 Happy birthday Thursday to Dan Elliot, Joe DiGiacomo, Stephen Zimmer, Karen O'Shea and Robert Trocciola of Tottenville. Twins Christopher and Anthony Antonacci, Donna Klien, Carl Sciabarra, Anita 'Sis" Romano, Rose McGibbon, and Fred Sklenar III are also celebrating birthdays Thursday. And it's wedding anniversary time Thursday for Bob and Jill Bowers. View the full article here.