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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 Joseph Borelli (R – South Shore) and Minority Leader Steve Matteo are asking Mayor de Blasio to consider the effects on Class 1 property owners of the proposed $93 million program (tenant right to counsel amendment) to assist tenants with legal representation in housing court.

The Council Members believe that the tenant right to counsel amendment will have an adverse impact on smaller, multi-family properties which often serve as a vehicle to home ownership for first-time buyers in an expensive market like New York City.

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Council Member Joseph C. Borelli (R-South Shore) has signed onto a letter written by Council Member Margaret Chin, Chair of the New York City Council’s Committee on Aging, which urges Governor Cuomo to restore the proposed change to the way the state allocates federal Title XX funding, which appears in his executive budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 and would cut $17 million from the Department for the Aging’s (DFTA) budget.

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Council Member Joseph Borelli (R-South Shore), and Council Minority Leader Steven Matteo are introducing a resolution calling on Mayor DeBlasio and the New York City Department of Transportation to name one of the new, Ollis-class ferry boats in honor of Detective Russel Timoshenko, a Staten Islander and a member of the New York Police Department who was killed in the line of duty.

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In a letter written to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Council Member Joseph C. Borelli (R – South Shore) and Minority Leader Steven Matteo (R – Mid Island) addressed three major concerns they and their constituents have regarding the overall fairness of property tax assessments on Class One properties throughout the city. This letter is the result of months of extensive research by the council members, which had uncovered gross inequities in the assessment of properties in borough to borough comparisons, which is an effect of the city inaccurately assessing Class One properties for decades by using a formula based on statistical data, instead of an actual in-person assessment by a qualified assessor, as mandated by state law.

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Council Members Joseph Borelli (R-South Shore), Deborah Rose (D-North Shore), and Minority Leader Steve Matteo commissioned official New York City Council Proclamations for two non-profit organizations that do work on Staten Island relating to bullying, substance abuse, and other mental health issues; Staten Island Mental Health Society (SIMHS) and IlluminArt Productions. The proclamations were presented to SIMHS President Fern Zagor and IlluminArt Executive Producing Director Arlene Sorkin at today’s New York City Council stated meeting.

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Council Member Joseph Borelli and Minority Leader Steven Matteo are today responding to the Independent Budget Office’s (IBO) report on Class 1 property tax equity, as a result of a request by the council members to look into a potential disparity. The Council Members disagree with the IBO on the following points:

  1. The IBO did not look at time adjusted sales and weighted averages for FY 16, and focused exclusively on calendar year 2015.
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Council Member Joseph Borelli (R – South Shore) has introduced legislation this month that would compel the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication (DoITT) to study the issue of 9-1-1 calls made from mobile phones being routed incorrectly to 9-1-1 dispatchers in New Jersey. DoITT would be required to submit a report to the New York City Council detailing the findings of their study and potential action(s) to be taken to correct this issue and mitigate incorrectly routed 9-1-1 calls.

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Council Member Joe Borelli (R-South Shore), and Minority Leader Steve Matteo (R-Mid Island), announced today that he will be introducing legislation to establish a NYC-resident parking permit that would make it more difficult for out-of-state commuters to park for free at Park and Ride lots owned, operated, or maintained by NYC DOT. Non-residents would have the opportunity to purchase a parking permit for a $400 annual fee that would allow them to leave their vehicles in the same Park and Ride lots, residents will be able to obtain their permits at no cost.

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Councilman Joseph Borelli (R – South Shore) is pleased to announce the opening of his district office at the South Shore Commons plaza in Charleston, located at 2955 Veterans Road West, Suite 2E.

Office hours are 9am-5pm on Monday through Friday excluding holidays. The phone number has remained the same; the office can be reached by telephone at (718) 984-5151, by e-mail at Borelli@council.nyc.gov or by fax at (718) 948-1592.

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