MARCH 12, 2017
Borelli Partners With HeartScan Services to Offer No-cost Thyroid Cancer Screenings
Council Member Joseph C. Borelli wants you to know that getting a preventative health screening can save your life, and that is why he is partnering with HeartScan Services to offer no-cost thyroid cancer screenings to members of the community, especially active and retired emergency responders.
According to the National Cancer Institute, there were an estimated 637,115 people living with thyroid cancer in the United States in 2013, and recent clinical findings show thyroid cancer as the fastest increasing cancer in the United States. It is also one of the top five cancers contracted by emergency responders who served on September 11, 2001.
The risk factors for thyroid cancer are wide ranging and include age, family history, surgery or radiation to the neck, type 1 diabetes and pregnancy, and it is recommended by the American Thyroid Association that all adults 35 years and older see their physician for a thyroid screening at least once every five years.
These no-cost screenings will be offered at Mount Loretto (6541 Hylan Boulevard) on Tuesday, March 21, between the hours of 10am – 2pm. The number of screenings be offered is limited and those interested in a screening must RSVP by contacting Borelli’s office by phone: (718) 984-5151; or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The screenings were made possible through a FY17 $5,000 budget allocation from Council Member Borelli to HeartScan Services, an organization which offers a variety of other health screenings to many of our city’s unionized workforce.
“After the September 11th attacks we saw a dramatic increase in thyroid cancer among first responders and people who spent time in lower Manhattan,” said Borelli. “It’s a fact that early detection saves lives, and we hope many people will take advantage of this opportunity to get checked.”
MARCH 02, 2017
Borelli Pushes Parks Department to Reinstate Mountain Bike Trails in Fresh Kills Design
Council Member Joseph Borelli (R – South Shore) and Council Minority Leader Steve Matteo are asking the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC DPR) to re-evaluate the recent exclusion of mountain biking trails from the design of Fresh Kills Park.
The original drafts of the Fresh Kills Park master plan that were released to the public by NYC DPR in the spring of 2006 had included miles of trails specifically designated as mountain bikeways at the request of local community members and bicycling organizations. In current design drafts, this feature is conspicuously missing from Staten Island’s anchor park.
A number of Fresh Kills Park visioning meetings have occurred over the years, ostensibly to solicit community input and integrate it into the design of the park, but the community has never been notified of any change in the project design which would exclude the mountain biking trails that were part of the master plan.
“As the time of the official public opening of Fresh Kills Park approaches, it is imperative that the design is completed and approved by the community,” said Borelli. “I would like to see the return of the mountain biking accommodations as long as they can be safely implemented.”
MARCH 01, 2017
Borelli & NYC Council Colleagues Call on Governor Cuomo to Restore Proposed Cuts to Senior Centers
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.
In previous years the state had provided the $17 million in annual funding to DFTA which is used to fund the operation of senior centers all over New York City. This year, if the changes in Cuomo’s executive budget proposal are not corrected, DFTA estimates that 65 senior centers will have to close due to a lack of funding. If equally distributed, every Assembly District will lose at least one senior center.
The 51st Council district is home to the highest number of senior citizens per capita of any NYC Council district, and Staten Island as a whole has the fastest growing population of senior citizens in New York City by far. The senior population on Staten Island is currently at its highest point in the borough’s history, with a surge of more than 30% projected to occur between 2010 and 2020.
In their letter to Governor Cuomo, the elected officials cite the importance of the senior centers to the health and wellness of their constituents and call on him to restore the $17 million.
“I am calling on the Governor and the State Legislature to do the right thing by our elder New Yorkers and restore this crucial federal funding for our senior centers,” said Council Member Margaret S. Chin, chair of the Council’s Committee on Aging. “Our seniors utilize these facilities every day for a hot meal, support programs, and perhaps most importantly, for the fellowship these centers provide. I am proud to join this bi-partisan call to amend this year’s budget to ensure that all of our senior centers remain open.”
“The south shore of Staten Island already has a large population of seniors and the numbers are projected to grow more than 30% in the near future with no slowing in sight,” said Borelli. “The senior centers have a huge impact on the lives of many of my constituents and I hope Governor Cuomo will reconsider playing politics with such a meaningful service.”
FEBRUARY 02, 2017
Council Members Borelli, Matteo & Treyger Introduce Resolution To Name Second Ollis-class Ferry in Fallen Det. Russel Timoshenko’s Honor
(Staten Island, NY) – New York City 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.
Det. Timoshenko, a New York City Police Officer, was 23 years old when he was shot by a fleeing perpetrator during a routine vehicle stop. He died five days later. Det. Timoshenko was sworn in as an Officer in January of 2006 and posthumously promoted to Detective after his death in July of 2007.
Det. Timoshenko and his family are Belorussian immigrants. The broader Russian community is one of the fastest growing on Staten Island and throughout New York City. With over 600,000 Russian-Americans living here, a ferry boat “Det. Russel Timoshenko” would serve as a strong permanent acknowledgement of their presence, and give our youth the opportunity to learn about a Russian-American hero.
“Russel Timoshenko, just like all of our fellow immigrants, came to the Unites States with his parents for a better life. He joined the NYPD because he wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and have a meaningful career in the service of others. Russel was a member of the Russian American Officers Association for just a few months. His death was a devastating loss, not just to his family, but to our fraternal family, all of the NYPD and the Russian-American community at large. It would be an immense honor to see Russel’s name, in memory of his sacrifice, be displayed on a Staten Island ferry boat, a ferry he took for years while traveling to college along with his mom who was traveling to work. Russel gave his life to make our streets safer and we should do whatever we can to ensure that he will never be forgotten,” said Michael Belogorodsky, former president of theRussian American Officers Association.
“I am proud to say he is a Staten Islander, and extremely honored to be organizing this effort on behalf of his parents, who are my neighbors, and friends, and who have been helping the families of other fallen police officers cope with their loss over the last ten years,” said Joseph Borelli. “Their strength is inspiring.”
“Detective Timoshenko was a well-respected member of his community who dedicated himself to the protection of his fellow New Yorkers. The ferry is one of Staten Island’s most iconic features, and naming one of the boats in his honor gives the borough he called home, all of his loved ones, and our entire city a chance to remember a young man whose life was taken because of a senseless act of violence,” said Council Member Mark Treyger, 47th District.
“Detective Russell Timoshenko embodied so much of what makes the people of this country and this city exceptional – in his courage as a police officer, his selfless service to his community and the ultimate sacrifice he made to protect all of us. Though his life was cut short by a cowardly act of violence, his brave legacy should be preserved – and what more fitting way to do that than have his name emblazoned on the ferry that has become an icon of the borough he called home,” said Minority Leader Steven Matteo.