Staten Island Republicans sound alarm on city’s NYPD strategy to address Rikers crisis
September 22, 2021

Staten Island Republicans sound alarm on city’s NYPD strategy to address Rikers crisis

By Paul Liotta | pliotta@siadvance.com STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — City officials hope shifting NYPD officers to the city’s court system will help address the ongoing crisis on Rikers Island, but two local Republicans said Wednesday that plan could make the city’s streets less safe, including on Staten Island. City Councilman Joe Borelli (R-South Shore), and […]

South Shore’s $107M coastal protection project breaks ground after years of delays
September 14, 2021

South Shore’s $107M coastal protection project breaks ground after years of delays

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Hurricane Sandy devastated Tottenville in 2012 killing two people and leaving many residents with severe damage to their properties. On Monday, the state broke ground on a long-awaited $107 million project meant to protect the South Shore from future storms. Through “Living Breakwaters,” the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) will […]

‘Misogynistic racists’: What City Council hopeful called would-be constituents
September 01, 2021

‘Misogynistic racists’: What City Council hopeful called would-be constituents

A Democrat challenging an incumbent Republican councilman on Staten Island once called her would-be constituents “misinformed misogynistic racists” and mused about slugging US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to copies of messages from her now-private Twitter account. Olivia Drabczyk, who is vying for the South Shore seat held by Joe Borelli, is a public […]

MTA urged to absorb SIM23, SIM24 express bus routes amid potential cancellation of Academy Bus contract
August 26, 2021

MTA urged to absorb SIM23, SIM24 express bus routes amid potential cancellation of Academy Bus contract

By Erik Bascome | tbascome@siadvance.com Updated: Aug. 26, 2021, 9:53 a.m. | Published: Aug. 25, 2021, 6:07 p.m. STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A group of Staten Island elected officials is calling on the MTA to officially absorb the SIM23 and SIM24 express bus routes into the New York City Transit system amid potential plans from […]

New York’s vaccine passport scheme could have a nasty side effect
August 04, 2021

New York’s vaccine passport scheme could have a nasty side effect

By John Fund The latest French export to the United States is a requirement that people show proof of vaccination to visit indoor bars, concert venues, restaurants and gyms. But will it work? On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City will be the first American metropolis to import the French health […]

Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, Gillibrand And Many More Call On Cuomo To Resign
August 04, 2021

Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, Gillibrand And Many More Call On Cuomo To Resign

Dick Brennan August 4, 2021 NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There are renewed calls for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign Tuesday after New York Attorney General Letitia James announced an independent investigation found the governor sexually harassed multiple women. “I think he should resign,” President Joe Biden said. So what’s next? As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reports, […]

NYDN Op-Ed: We aren’t going back to lockdowns: COVID is all about personal responsibility now
August 03, 2021

NYDN Op-Ed: We aren’t going back to lockdowns: COVID is all about personal responsibility now

Aug 03, 2021 at 10:00 AM “We’re all in this together” was the global rallying cry as the early waves of the COVID-19 pandemic stretched far and wide. Those were the days of communal lockdowns, shared sacrifice, “flattening the curve” and all that. Kudos to all for participating, but New York must be past that […]

‘Fearful’ NYC violence may stay if radical Democrats don’t leave office
August 02, 2021

‘Fearful’ NYC violence may stay if radical Democrats don’t leave office

Councilman Joe Borelli appeared on Fox & Friends to discuss the growing crime wave in NYC

At rally led by Borelli and Fossella, parents call on mayor and governor to lift mask mandate in schools
July 28, 2021

At rally led by Borelli and Fossella, parents call on mayor and governor to lift mask mandate in schools

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — “Don’t burden these young people,” Staten Island Borough President candidate Vito Fossella said Monday, in reference to the city-wide mandate that children wear masks in public schools. Fossella, Councilman Joseph Borelli (R-South Shore), and concerned families gathered outside of P.S. 32 in Great Kills on Monday morning to call on the […]

Parents, pols rip de Blasio fall school plan for masks, no remote option
July 26, 2021

Parents, pols rip de Blasio fall school plan for masks, no remote option

By Reuven Fenton, Lorena Mongelli and Julia Marsh Parents and political leaders on Monday ripped Mayor de Blasio’s coronavirus school regulations — both for its lack of a remote option this fall and a requirement that students wear masks. A dozen public school parents gathered outside the United Federation of Teachers headquarters in lower Manhattan […]