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District 51

Joseph C. Borelli

Todt Hill-Emerson Hill-Lighthouse Hill-Manor Heights, New Springville-Willowbrook-Bulls Head-Travis, Freshkills Park (North), Oakwood-Richmondtown, Great Kills-Eltingville, Arden Heights-Rossville, Annadale-Huguenot-Prince's Bay-Woodrow, Tottenville-Charleston, Freshkills Park (South), Great Kills Park

Published May 2, 2024, 9:12 a.m. ET

By Emily Crane

Columbia University and other private colleges should cough up and help foot the bill for the NYPD having to swarm the Ivy League campus and crack down on pro-terror protests, Mayor Eric Adams said Thursday.

Hizzoner addressed the cost to Big Apple taxpayers after cops were finally called in to help oust a destructive mob that had illegally taken over Columbia’s Hamilton Hall academic building late Tuesday and to clear out an encampment on the school’s iconic lawn.

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Published: May 01, 2024, 3:59 p.m.

By Paul Liotta | pliotta@siadvance.com

FDNY EMS workers respond to a fire in Dongan Hills in March of 2016. (Staten Island Advance/Shane DiMaio)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — New York City will now provide FDNY emergency medical services (EMS) personnel with body armor and self-defense training every three years after Mayor Eric Adams signed two pieces of legislation Wednesday.

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Published April 29, 2024, 5:55 p.m. ET

By Craig McCarthy

City lawmakers called on the mayor and FDNY officials to help the family of an ex-firefighter who died after he was fired to cover costs for the migrant crisis.

Derek Floyd died of a heart attack earlier this month and his family was left with next to nothing after the 36-year-old was canned late last year as part of the administration’s cost-cutting measure to pay for the nearly $10 billion use to house and feed the tens of thousands of asylum seekers in NYC, The Post revealed.

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Published April 11, 2024, 7:35 p.m. ET

By Haley Brown

FDNY Emergency Medical Services workers will have access to body armor and special training as part of legislation passed Thursday by the City Council to address an increase in attacks on first responders.

The pair of bills, authored by Minority Leader Joseph Borelli, would require the FDNY to provide EMTs and paramedics with bullet- and stab-proof armored vests along with self-defense and de-escalation training.

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Updated: Mar. 26, 2024, 12:05 a.m. | Published: Mar. 25, 2024, 5:50 a.m.

By Jessica Jones-Gorman | jgorman@siadvance.com

Four of Staten Island’s elected officials recently banded together to raise concerns about a battery energy storage system slated for construction near the Outerbridge Crossing, submitting testimony to the New York City Economic Development Corporation to protest the facility proposed for Charleston.

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Published March 20, 2024, 12:30 p.m. ET

By Craig McCarthy, Emily Crane, and Carl Campanile

New York City Comptroller Brad Lander has drawn outrage for claiming that giving each of the tens of thousands of migrants pouring into the Big Apple free legal representation could net billions in economic benefits for New York state.

Lander’s office said in a report that coughing up individual lawyers to rep migrants could prevent roughly 53,000 asylum seekers from being deported across the Empire State — resulting in an estimated net benefit of $8.4 billion for local, state and federal governments.

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Published March 12, 2024, 7:16 p.m. ET

By Joe Borelli

MTA Chairman Janno Lieber is determined to see congestion pricing through. Stephen Yang

John Samuelsen, president of the 155,000-member Transit Workers of America, is blasting the latest version of congestion pricing for failing to improve express bus service to the outer-boroughs.

He’s right.

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