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Supporting an active economy on the East Shore


The East Shore Local Development Corporation promotes the economic vitality of Staten Island's East Shore. After Hurricane Sandy impacted area businesses, the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program proposed the creation of a local development corporation. The Governor’s Office drew on expertise from the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and formed the ESLDC to restore the area to its former vibrancy. ESLDC assists potential business owners with development projects, attracts a mix of retailers and consumers, and revitalizes commercial corridors impacted by Hurricane Sandy.


The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Foundation promotes commerce and tourism on Staten Island and encourages businesses and cultural organizations to work together to create value within the community. Professional development resources benefit Staten Island businesses and provide particular support for minority-led companies and those in the technology sector. In addition, summer internships are offered to students so that they can gain professional experience in a wide range of industries while contributing to the local economy.

ESLDC Board Members

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Agnieszka Bukowska is as an assistant branch manager at the Staten Island branch of Kearny Bank. She is a Baruch College graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and has been a resident of Staten Island for the past three years. She lives in Oakwood with her husband and a young son.
Agnieszka Bukowska
Laura Delin is the associate executive director at A Very Special Place, Inc. Ms. Delin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health care administration from the University of Scranton and a master’s degree in public administration from New York University’s School of Public Service. She currently serves on the Marketing Committee for the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce. She was nominated to the Steering Committee and is now a founding board member of the East Shore LDC. She is also a board member of SINFPA and the Staten Island Women’s Golf Association.
Laura Delin
Bobby Fisher is a businessman on the East Shore of Staten Island. He is active in the Staten Island community.
Bobby Fisher
Anthony Focca has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance and began a career in finance at Bloomberg LP in October of 2000. After six years of moving through the ranks, Anthony left corporate America to establish Platinum Mortgage in 2005. With industry experience and expertise, Anthony has been helping clients reach the American dream of home ownership for over 10 years. Anthony is also the owner of one of Staten Island’s largest tax practices, Liberty Tax, which has six office locations throughout Staten Island and serves over five thousand clients annually.
Anthony Focca
Dil Gillani is a broker and owner of a real estate company in the Grasmere and South Beach sections of Staten Island. He opened his company in 2008. He joined the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce as soon as he opened his company and has been a member ever since. He was awarded a place on the list of 2012 Best Companies to Work for on Staten Island by the SIEDC and was the winner of a 20 Under 40 Award from SIEDC in 2011. He was also selected as a Realtor of the Year in 2012 by the Staten Island Board of Realtors. He served as president of SIBOR in 2015.
Dil Gillani
Robert Gullery is the third-generation owner of Wil John’s Tire Empire, a full-service, one-stop shop that handles all automotive repairs and services, specializing in tires, brakes, suspension work, and wheel alignments. Rob says he was “born with a wrench in his hand.” He has helped raise funds for the American Cancer Society, Wounded Warrior Foundation, Appleseed Realtor War Veterans Bowling Tournament Fundraiser, the Tom Ryan Foundation, and A Very Special Place. Rob also mentors young business entrepreneurs, sharing his wealth of experience and knowledge.
Robert Gullery
Cathy Pimpinella is a vice president at TD Bank on Staten Island in the Hylan Boulevard location. Prior to coming to TD Bank in 2012, she was a senior vice president at Citibank in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey marketplaces. Cathy held various other leadership positions during her 30-plus year career at Citibank. Cathy is a member of the Staten Island Rotary as well as being a board member of the Staten Island Children's Museum.
Cathy Pimpinella
Alfred V. Saulo, AIA, is a licensed, registered architect. Prior to establishing the multi-discipline design firm of Alfred V. Saulo, Architects PC in 1996, Mr. Saulo was partner-in-charge of business development with the design firm of Architects Consortium PC. There he served as past president and NYS director of the SI chapter of the AIA, and SI representative to the Building Industry Advisory Council of NYC. He is currently a member of the SICC and co-chair of the Chamber’s Building Awards Committee. Mr. Saulo is responsible for numerous design projects in NY, NJ, PA, and Italy.
Alfred Saulo
Mark Tranchina is vice president of It’s Our Pleasure Hospitality Group, whose properties include The Vanderbilt at South Beach, South Fin Grill, Boardwalk Grill and the Grand Oaks Country Club. Mark graduated with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Princeton University. For the past 25 years he has worked in the hospitality industry, helping to create the current portfolio of venues. Mark is a board member of Meals on Wheels and an executive board member of the SIEDC. Mark is also on the board of the SICC and a director of the newly formed ESLDC.
Mark Tranchina
Vin Viola has been in the retail liquor industry for thirty years. Herzog Wines is one of his distributors. Vin is the owner and manager of Midland Wines and Liquors on Midland Avenue in the heart of the East Shore. Vin is currently importing and creating new brands for the marketplace. He has developed a new line of wines and spirits called Christopher Street for the LGBTQ community, and has partnered with Toby Keith on Wildshot Mezcal.
Vin Viola