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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 Feb. 28, 2024, 5:37 p.m. ET

By Aneeta Bhole

The Democrat-controlled New York City Council has been blasted as “out of touch” by local Republicans for swatting down Mayor Eric Adams’ call to change the Big Apple’s sanctuary policy in order to more easily deport migrants accused of crimes.

Council Speaker Adrienne Adams on Wednesday called Hizzoner’s suggestion “harmful” and said lawmakers were not planning on making any modifications to the law.


Updated: Feb. 27, 2024, 8:12 p.m. | Published: Feb. 27, 2024, 6:30 a.m.

By Jillian Delaney |

From left to right, Adrian Smith, NYC Parks, NYC Parks First Deputy Commissioner Iris Rodriguez-Rosa, Councilman Joe Borelli, NYC Parks Borough Commissioner Lynda Ricciardone, Steve Gonzalez, NYC School Construction Authority Project Support Manager and Anthony Perfetto of Perfetto Enterprises at the groundbreaking of Great Kills Veterans Playground on Feb.



02/21/2024 06:31 PM EST

NEW YORK — A state appeals court ruled that a New York City law that would allow non-citizens to vote in local elections is unconstitutional — marking a win for the Republican elected officials who sued to block it.

“We determine that this local law was enacted in violation of the New York State Constitution and Municipal Home Rule Law, and thus, must be declared null and void,” read 


Published Feb. 14, 2024, 5:33 p.m. ET

By Joe Borelli

Congestion pricing cameras set up in Manhattan. Christopher Sadowski

Turn on the news, and you are bound to hear any one of a number of congestion pricing’s most sycophantic promoters telling us we must look to our sister city across the pond to see the fruits of its implementation.


  • Published: Feb. 05, 2024, 2:40 p.m.

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, joined by (from left) Councilman Joseph Borelli, Councilwoman Vickie Paladino and Councilman Bob Holden, addresses the media calling on New York City and State to be more cooperative on deportation efforts Monday, Feb. 5, 2024. (Staten Island Advance/Paul Liotta)Paul Liotta

By Paul Liotta |



Published: Feb. 07, 2024, 5:50 a.m.

By Paul Liotta |

E-ZPass office, 1150 South Ave, is closed today, people are showing up and leaving. Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Rebeka Humbrecht)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Staten Island’s delegation of elected officials and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are working to ensure that 300 employees who previously staffed a local E-ZPass office are rehired by a new contractor.


Published Feb. 4, 2024, 8:10 p.m. ET

By Carl Campanile

Eighteen elected officials have joined a federal lawsuit by the teachers union aimed at blocking the controversial new $15 congestion pricing toll to enter Midtown Manhattan.

More than half the plaintiffs are Democrats whose fellow party members approved the law greenlighting congestion pricing in 2019.


Published Feb. 3, 2024, 9:49 a.m. ET

By Rich Calder and Matthew Sedacca

Manhattan DA Alvin was blasted for trying to throw the book at two New Yorkers who bought fake COVID-19 vaccine cards. REUTERS

A judge blasted Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for trying to throw the book at two New Yorkers who bought fake COVID-19 vaccine cards — despite routinely going easy on others charged with far more serious crimes. 


Published: Jan. 27, 2024, 4:59 p.m.

By Paul Liotta |

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Borough President Vito Fossella announced Friday an updated complaint in his federal court case against New York’s congestion pricing plan — likening it to one of Staten Island’s greatest environmental disasters.

Fossella brought the lawsuit earlier this month with the United Federation of Teachers, led by Staten Islander Michael Mulgrew and a host of the city’s public school teachers.


Published Jan. 25, 2024, 7:34 p.m. ET

By Joe Borelli

Mayor Eric Adams vetoed two bills last week, including the How Many Stops Act. AP

In the classic prison film “Papillon,” when inmate Henri Charrière refuses to tell guards who helped him smuggle coconuts into jail, the warden punishes him by cutting his rations in half and confining him to a lightless cell the size of broom closet for six months.