UFA and UFOA Endorse Joe Borelli in race for 62nd Assembly seat
The Uniformed Fire Officers Association and the Uniformed Firefighters Association have announced their support for Joseph Borelli (R,C,I – South Shore) in the race to replace Louis Tobacco in the 62nd Assembly District.
“I am honored to have the support of both unions that represent New York City Firefighters and Fire Marshalls,” said Borelli. It is no secret that a significant portion of the men and women that make up the FDNY live on Staten Island, especially the South Shore. These are our brave neighbors who do a great job protecting the people of New York. I will do everything in my power to make their job less dangerous and New York City a safer place to live. “
“For too many years now citizens across Staten Island have had to take their message to the street and tell government that we can not survive, nor succeed as a great city without the critical life-saving services that New York City Firefighters guarantee us day or night. Throughout many years now, Staten Islanders working in unison with their elected officials in Albany and City Hall have led the fight to protect and preserve neighborhood firehouses. As Chief of Staff to Councilman Vincent Ignizio, Joe Borelli had an up-close look at what it takes to be a strong and successful advocate for Staten Islanders. The Uniformed Firefighters Association, which represents New York City’s Firefighters and Fire Marshals is proud to endorse Joseph Borelli to represent the people of the 62nd Assembly District in Albany,” said Steve Cassidy, UFA President.
“The entire membership of the UFOA is gratified that Joe Borelli recognizes that Fire Officers, Firefighters and Police Officers of all ranks, by virtue of the dangerous work we perform, deserve our hard earned pensions, often paid for with our health. We fully endorse and support Joe’s candidacy and will work very hard to ensure that he is elected to represent the Staten Islanders of the 62nd Assembly District,” said UFOA President Al Hagen.
Borelli, in his capacity as Chief of Staff to Councilman Vincent Ignizio, worked to pass legislation in 2009 after the tragic Deutche Bank fire. Intro 1000-2009 requires demolition contractors maintain a clearly marked and charged standpipe in buildings over 75 feet tall.
“Despite the Bloomberg administration’s belief that there are too many firehouses on Staten Island, the South Shore remains dangerously underserved by the number of FDNY apparatus located there,” said Borelli. “The firehouse in Rossville used by Engine 168 was made to also house a ladder company. Having an additional truck on the South Shore will protect firefighters and residents alike in the event of an all-hands fire.”