As your representative in the New York City Council, Council Member Borelli has made it a priority to preserve our abundant greenspace, direct much-needed funding to our public schools, push for the maintenance and improvement of critical infrastructure, and protect essential programs which benefit our youth and elderly populations. In addition to that, he has maintained a laser focus on identifying solutions to the heroin and opioid epidemics currently plaguing our community. On this page, you can learn more about Council Member Borelli’s priorities.
Hire Back Our Workers Resolution
NYC Council Minority Leader Joseph Borelli (R-South Shore) will be introducing a resolution calling on Mayor Eric Adams to rehire city employees who were fired because they did not get the mandated coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine by the February deadline. Borelli plans to introduce the measure, which has bipartisan backing from at least seven other councilmembers including Democrats Councilmember Farah Louis (Brooklyn) and Councilmember Kalman Yeger (D-Brooklyn), on Thursday.
Fresh Kills Landfill Report
Fresh Kills Landfill was – at the height of its operation in 2001 – the largest landfill in the world, spanning a massive 2,200 acres in the New York City borough of Staten Island. The landfill, which opened in 1948 as a temporary landfill, is now on its way to becoming the largest park developed in New York City since the 19th century. As resources are poured into restoring the land, little attention has been given to understanding the long-term health affects associated with the operation of a landfill in a dense residential community for over six decades.
Council Member Borelli’s office did their own research and uncovered alarming rates of varying cancers and other illnesses, including developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, that ranked higher on Staten Island than other parts of the city. READ MORE
South Shore Clean Team
The South Shore Clean Team was created as part of the much wider City Council Cleanup Initiative and is operated by Where to Turn, a local non-profit on Staten Island. Today, however, the team is funded primarily by Council Member Joseph Borelli and Council Minority Leader Steven Matteo, whose Mid-Island district is also served by the clean team. READ MORE
South Shore Traffic Improvement Initiative
The South Shore Traffic Improvement Initiative was launched in 2015 with the goal of identifying simple solutions to common traffic issues utilizing a hyper-local focus with a “zip code by zip code” approach. From 2015 to 2016, Council Member Borelli contacted the New York City Department of Transportation with traffic improvement proposals for the neighborhoods in the 10307, 10309, 10312, 10308 zip codes. READ MORE