Joe’s Story

Joe Borelli has represented the South Shore of Staten Island in the New York City Council since November of 2015. Prior to that, he served as the Member of the State Assembly from the 62nd District since 2013.

In the Council, Borelli serves as the Minority Whip, and is a member of the committees on Economic Development, Government Operations, Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Technology, Waterfronts, and Veteran’s Affairs.

Joe Borelli addressing a rally in support of our police.

As a member of the Assembly, he served as the Ranking Member of the Cities committee, and on the committees on Health, Energy, Banks, Transportation and Housing. He was consistently the most conservative member of the legislature from New York City according to the Conservative Party’s annual ratings.

Borelli is a professor of Political Science at the City University of New York and a Lindsay Fellow at CUNY’s Institute of State and Local Governance. He also regularly appears on CNN, Fox News, BBC, CNNI, Sky News, Breitbart Radio, and AM970. He is a Contributor to The Hill, and has previously been published in the New York Daily News and NYSlant.

Borelli at the Presidential Inauguration
Borelli at the Presidential Inauguration

In 2016, Borelli served as one of the New York State Co-Chairmen of the Donald Trump campaign for president and helped deliver one of the highest vote percentages of an county during a competitive primary, as well as Staten Island’s largest vote margin for any presidential candidate in a general election since 1984.

As a volunteer, Borelli serves on the Development Board of St. Joseph by the Sea High School, and previously on the boards of the Friends of the College of Staten Island and the Bini Foundation. He is also a former member of the MTA Capital Review Board, the NYC Voter Assistance Commission and the Staten Island Transportation Task Force.

Borelli holds a B.A. in History from Marist College and an M.A. from the City University of New York. He was listed as one of City and State magazine’s 40 Under 40 Albany Rising Stars in 2013, and the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation’s 20 under 40.

Joe Borelli Street Renaming
Joe at the street renaming ceremony of FDNY Captain John R. Graziano.

As a native Staten Islander, Borelli has lived on the South Shore his entire life and currently lives in Annadale with his wife, Rachel, son Joe Jr., and English Bulldog Luna. He is a parishioner at Holy Child Church.