District 51 - Council Member - Republican
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Joseph C. Borelli

Joseph C. Borelli

District 51 - Council Member - Republican
Borelli is a member of the committees on Economic Development, Governmental Operations, Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Technology, Veterans, and Waterfronts

About Council Member Borelli

Joe Borelli was elected to serve the constituents of the 51st Council District in a special election held on November 3, 2015. His district includes the South Shore of Staten Island.

Joe previously represented his South Shore constituents in the New York State Assembly. He was the ranking minority member of the Assembly Cities Committee, and he also served on the Health, the Housing, the Transportation, the Mental Health, Banks, Education, and Energy Committees. He was a staunch advocate against energy cost increases, and the common core curriculum.

Prior to his career as an elected official, Joe served as Chief of Staff to Councilman Vincent Ignizio since 2007, formerly serving in the same role for Ignizio in the state Assembly since 2005. Dedicated to improving the quality of life on Staten Island, Joe was successful in coordinating the development of several Park and Rides here on Staten Island, securing funds to outfit nearly every classroom on the South Shore with a Smartboard and has worked with the Parks Department on the renovation and construction of several parks on Staten Island.

Active in his community, Joe has been involved in the Staten Island Growth Management Task Force, the West Shore Light Rail Task Force, the Brookfield Landfill Citizens Advisory Committee, and helped spearhead the formation of the South Shore Local Development Corporation. He was also instrumental in the successful fight to eradicate polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from public school buildings. Throughout his career in state and city government, Joe has proven himself to be a leader in the movement to reduce taxes, tolls, and fees in New York City.

As a volunteer, Joe serves on the Development Board of St. Joseph by the Sea High School, as well as the Friends of the College of Staten Island, which raise money for scholarships. He has assisted dozens of non-profit, veteran’s and community organizations in accessing governmental grants. He has helped raise private money for equipment to help handicapped children at Mount Loretto, and has worked with the Verdino Foundation to bring a state-of-the-art little league facility to the South Shore.

Joe is a native Staten Islander and lives in the Annadale section of Staten Island with his wife, Rachel, their newborn son, Joseph, and his English Bulldog, Luna.  He holds a B.A. from Marist College and an M.A. from the College of Staten Island, where he is also an Adjunct Professor of Political Science.