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Date: April 25, 1997

Release #226-97

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Remarks by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani at Public Hearing on Local Laws

The final bill before me is Introductory Number 916, sponsored by Council Members O'Donovan and Abel. This bill would add, through the posting of an additional sign, the name "Grandmaster Peter Siringano Sr. Square", at the intersection of Clove Road and Castleton Avenue, Staten Island.

Peter Siringano Sr. was born in West Brighton, Staten Island, in 1928 and attended PS 18 and McKee High School. In his youth, he was very active in the Police Athletic League and excelled in boxing and track. At the age of thirteen, he became enamored with the Japanese art of Jiu Jitsu. In 1946 while serving in the United States Army, he was awarded a 2nd Degree Black Belt.

After the Korean War he returned to Staten Island and continued to practice the martial arts, training with many sensei (teachers). In 1956, he opened his own Dojo (school) on Clove Road in Staten Island, this becoming the first school of martial arts on Staten Island.

Peter Siringano Sr. was one of the few people in the world to attain a 10th Degree Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu and in Karate, this attaining the title of "Grandmaster." During his lifetime, Grandmaster Siringano Sr. taught martial arts to over five thousand men, women and children, including many underprivileged children to whom he offered his services free of charge, teaching them self-defense, respect and discipline. He also taught the art of self-defense to many of the outpatients of the former Willowbrook State School and worked with the 120th Precinct to create patrols to help crime in the community.

Grandmaster Peter Siringano Sr. was a popular and well known figure in the West Brighton section of Staten Island until his death in 1994.

In view of his outstanding service to the community it is fitting that the intersection of Clove Road and Castleton Avenue, near the current location of the Dojo that he founded, be named "Grandmaster Peter Siringano Sr. Square."

I will now turn to the bill's sponsors; next to any other elected official wish to speak.

There being no one else to be heard, and for the reasons previously stated, I will now sign the bill.

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