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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

By Rich Calder

Published Jan. 6, 2024, 12:51 p.m. ET

New York City’s powerful teachers’ union is bankrolling Staten Island’s legal fight to stop the MTA’s congestion pricing plan, The Post has learned.

The United Federation of Teachers is “taking the lead” on the Brooklyn federal court lawsuit, supplying the lawyers and planning to pick up all costs associated with the case, said Staten Island Borough President Vito Fossella, who along with the union is a plaintiff in the suit.


Updated: Dec. 21, 2023, 5:13 p.m.|Published: Dec. 21, 2023, 3:23 p.m.

Erik Bascome |

New lights have been installed in an alley behind the Great Kills Staten Island Railway station. (Courtesy of Councilman Borelli’s Office) Courtesy of Councilman Borelli’s Office

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Late-night riders of the Staten Island Railway (SIR) can now feel safer entering and exiting the Great Kills train station.


Updated: Dec. 11, 2023, 5:55 p.m.|Published: Dec. 11, 2023, 12:01 p.m.

By Paul Liotta |

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis and City Council Minority Leader Joe Borelli are shown in a photo composite. (Staten Island Advance file photos)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A looming court decision brought out a group of elected officials and political activists Monday to speak out against what they characterized as a possible gerrymander.


By Joe Borelli

Published Nov. 16, 2023, 10:27 p.m. ET

Eric Adams speaks at a press conference at City Hall on Tuesday. REUTERS

Have you ever been out to dinner with a group where some members of the party order appetizers and steaks, pick a premium bottle off the wine list and signal for extra truffle shavings on their gnocchi while others at the table order a side salad and water? 


Published: May. 16, 2023, 7:00 a.m.

By Paul Liotta |

Asylum seekers  arrive at the vacant Richard H. Hungerford School in Clifton on Sunday, May 14, 2023. (Courtesy/ C.T. Lowney)Courtesy/ C.T. Lowney

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — It appears part of a new strategy from Mayor Eric Adams’ administration to deal with the large influx of migrants coming into New York City is to use vacant Department of Education properties as temporary housing.


Updated: May. 05, 2023, 6:57 p.m. | Published: May. 05, 2023, 5:32 p.m.

By Paul Liotta |

Broadway in Manhattan is shown Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. (Staten island Advance/Paul Liotta)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Anyone driving into lower Manhattan will soon have to pay a hefty fee after the federal government okayed the state’s congestion pricing plan Friday.


Updated: Apr. 25, 2023, 9:37 a.m. | Published: Apr. 24, 2023, 2:24 p.m.

By Kristin F. Dalton |

Borough President Vito Fossella, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, representatives from Councilmen Joe Borelli, David Carr, and Mike Reilly, and Assemblymen Michael Tannousis, Sam Pirozzolo, and Charles Fall’s offices held a press conference on Monday, April 24 at the Great Kills train station to discuss the recent stabbing and influx in violent crime.


Updated: Apr. 24, 2023, 5:03 p.m. | Published: Apr. 24, 2023, 1:05 p.m.

By Joseph Ostapiuk |

The Manhattan skyline seen from St. George in this file photo. (Staten Island Advance/Shira Stoll)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Meeting New York City’s ambitious climate goals will likely require bending its own zoning regulations, and a plan to fundamentally change those rules and make it easier to retrofit buildings and usher in the switch to electric vehicles is now inching over the starting line.


Published: Mar. 18, 2023, 12:00 p.m.

By Kristin F. Dalton |

The state Senate is hoping to solve the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s budget woes by charging New York City residents for a permit to park on city streets. The Senate said the plan, which wasn’t included in Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed state budget or in the Assembly’s counter budget, could potentially generate $400 million annually for the agency, the New York Post reported.