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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

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Guinea pigs on pet store shelves may soon be a thing of the past in the five boroughs after the City Council voted Tuesday to ban shops from selling them.

A pandemic spike in sales, and the subsequent influx of the animals at local shelters spurred lawmakers to add guinea pigs to a local law that also bans the sale of rabbits.


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.


Published: Feb. 27, 2023, 3:35 p.m.

By Erik Bascome |

The MTA has pushed back the expected start of congestion pricing to the second quarter of 2024. (Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger)SL

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The implementation of the nation’s first congestion pricing plan has been pushed back several months in a move that MTA officials anticipate will cost the agency roughly $250 million in expected revenue.


Published: Feb. 23, 2023, 2:33 p.m.

By Erik Bascome |

The Huguenot Staten Island Railway station will receive an elevator as part of an MTA accessibility project announced Thursday.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — An elevator is coming to the Huguenot station of the Staten Island Railway (SIR) as part of a wide-ranging effort to enhance accessibility throughout New York City’s transit system.


Updated: Feb. 20, 2023, 1:36 p.m. | Published: Feb. 20, 2023, 8:09 a.m.

By Maura Grunlund | Jan Somma-Hammel | Tom Wrobleski | Paul Liotta |

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The crowds began forming before dawn on Monday in anticipation of a speech by Florida Gov.


Updated: Feb. 20, 2023, 1:35 p.m. | Published: Feb. 20, 2023, 10:57 a.m.

By Paul Liotta |

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to be the standard-bearer for the Republican Party, but while speaking early Monday morning to an enthusiastic Staten Island crowd he didn’t mention the elephant in the room.

The one-time ally of President Trump has become his latest political enemy as rumors swirl about DeSantis challenging the former commander-in-chief in the 2024 primaries.


Updated: Feb. 17, 2023, 9:05 p.m. | Published: Feb. 17, 2023, 1:56 p.m.

By Scott R. Axelrod | Jason Paderon | Luke Peteley |

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y — Twenty FDNY members were hurt, three seriously, when a home partially collapsed as firefighters were battling a raging blaze in Annadale Friday afternoon, officials said.