District 51

Joseph C. Borelli

Annadale, Arden Heights, Bay Terrace, Charleston, Eltingville, Great Kills, Greenridge, Heartland Village, Huguenot, New Springville, Pleasant Plains, Prince’s Bay, Richmond Valley, Rossville, Tottenville, Woodrow

Council Member Borelli Named Chair of New York City Council’s Fire & Emergency Management Committee

Council Member Joseph Borelli (R-South Shore) has been named chairman of the newly-created Fire & Emergency Management Committee of the New York City Council by Speaker Corey Johnson. The Fire & Emergency Services Committee will take over some of the duties of the former Fire and Criminal Justice Committee. It will be responsible for legislation and oversight of the New York City Fire Department, EMS, emergency management, and paramedic services in New York City. READ MORE

Borelli Partners With HeartScan Services to Offer No-cost Thyroid Cancer Screenings

Council Member Joseph C. Borelli wants you to know that getting a preventative health screening can save your life, and that is why he is partnering with HeartScan Services to offer no-cost thyroid cancer screenings to members of the community, especially active and retired emergency responders.

According to the National Cancer Institute, there were an estimated 637,115 people living with thyroid cancer in the United States in 2013, and recent clinical findings show thyroid cancer as the fastest increasing cancer in the United States. READ MORE

NY Daily News Op-Ed: ‘Right to Know’ Will Handcuff Our Cops

NY Daily News Op-Ed | By Council Members Joseph Borelli, Chaim Duetsch, and Paul Vallone

New York City police officers have a difficult and dangerous job. We should all be grateful for the sacrifices they make each day — which is why we strongly oppose two pieces of pending City Council legislation, together known as the “Right to Know Act.”

The “Right to Know Act” may sound innocuous, but these piecesof legislation set a dangerous precedent for public safety and endanger not only police officers, but regular New Yorkers as well. READ MORE

Borelli Intervenes to Expedite Capital Project Meant to Alleviate Flooding at Notorious Train Underpass on Amboy Road in Bay Terrace

Council Member Joseph Borelli (R-South Shore) intervened to move forward a sewer expansion project after long term and persistent flooding at this location has expanded and adversely affected the surrounding residential developments and overwhelmed their ability to manage rainwater and storm runoff.

Borelli’s office and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) recently met with local residents to discuss concerns about the chronic flooding condition at the underpass at the intersection of Amboy Road and South Railroad Avenue in Bay Terrace. READ MORE

Borelli, Mayor Announce Restrooms for Seaside Wildlife Nature Park

Council Member Joseph C. Borelli (R-South Shore) raised the issue with Mayor Bill de Blasio after hearing complaints from hundreds of parents regarding the lack of restroom facilities at Seaside Wildlife Nature Park, also known as Pirate Park, in Great Kills, and was successful in securing a commitment of $6 million to fund the construction of one. READ MORE

Borelli, Staten Island Electeds Call on Port Authority to Explore New Lane Configuration for Outerbridge Crossing During Peak Hours

Council Member Joseph C. Borelli (R-South Shore) is calling on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to change the lane configuration to add an additional lane in the direction of peak traffic on the Outerbridge Crossing to accommodate high-volume traffic to and from New Jersey during times of high-demand. Council Member Borelli suggests removing the median and replacing it with a moveable barrier which may be deployed to provide three lanes westbound on Friday PM peak hours, and three lanes eastbound Saturday and Sunday PM. READ MORE

Borelli Pushes Legislation to Require NYC Public Television to Air Borough-wide and City-wide General Election Debates

Council Member Joseph C. Borelli (R – South Shore) is drafting and advocating for legislation that would require New York City’s public television station, channel 25 on most provider networks, to air the full debates in addition to whichever commercial television station is sponsoring them.

This initiative was prompted by the limited distribution of the mayoral debate on 10/10/17 which aired on Spectrum News, a privately owned television station with a notoriously high subscription cost and limited distribution throughout New York City. READ MORE

Borelli Statement on Statue Commission Meeting in Secret

“I’ve just been told that the de Blasio Statue Commission is meeting in secret and without any press or public oversight. It’s absurd to think that a man who lived 500 years ago during the Spanish Inquisition is now on secret trial, probably in the basement of some municipal building, without any representation. This would be a lot funnier if it weren’t true,” READ MORE

Borelli, Other Elected Officials Call on AG Schneiderman to Weigh-in on Perth Amboy Closing Local Roads to NYS Drivers During Peak Traffic

In a letter to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Council Member Joseph C. Borelli (R – South Shore), Congress Member Dan Donovan (R – SI, Brooklyn), Minority Leader Steven Matteo (R – Mid Island), Borough President James Oddo (R – Staten Island), and Assembly Member Ron Castorina (R – South Shore) expressed their concern about the behavior of officials in the town of Perth Amboy, NJ regarding the exclusion of New York State motorists from local roads during peak traffic. READ MORE

Borelli Announces Over $2.5 Million in New Funding for Staten Island Schools

Council Member Joseph C. Borelli (R-South Shore) has announced the allocation of over $2.5 million in funding for Staten Island schools through his office. The funds will go toward a number of new projects and upgrades for a majority of the elementary and intermediate schools in the Council Member’s district.

The enhancements will include technology upgrades in PS 4, PS 5, PS 6, PS 8, PS 55, PS 58, PS 62, PS 69, and IS 24, and IS 34, playground equipment at PS 3, a new schoolyard at PS 32, security cameras at PS 56, a gymnasium at PS 53, a new perimeter fence at IS 7, and electrical upgrades at PS 1, PS 36, IS 72 and Tottenville High School, which will allow the school buildings to accommodate climate control systems and newer technology. READ MORE