STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has endorsed Republican Joseph Borelli in the race for the South Shore Assembly seat.
“Joe Borelli is the only candidate for this seat that has an actual record of accomplishments for Staten Island,” Giuliani said in a prepared statement released by the Borelli campaign. “He has a talent for solving problems, and is not afraid to speak up for his borough.”
Borelli is chief of staff to City Councilman Vincent Ignizio (R-South Shore) and also serves on the Voter Assistance Advisory Committee. He has served with Ignizio since 2005, when Ignizio held the South Shore Assembly seat.
“If his work with Councilman Ignizio is any indication of his future work in the Assembly, Staten Islanders will be well-served by this aggressive and dedicated public servant,” said Giuliani, who served three terms as mayor and ran for the GOP nomination for president in 2008. “Joe has my confidence and full support.”
Borelli has been backed by the GOP’s executive committee in the race.
Borelli called Giuliani “the best friend Staten Island has ever had in City Hall.”
“His record of supporting Staten Island and revitalizing New York City speaks for itself,” Borelli said. “If it wasn’t for Rudy, we would still have an open and active landfill at Fresh Kills.”
Alluding to the recent controversy over the trash-to-energy plan at Fresh Kills, Borelli called Giuliani’s support “invigorating, especially now that we know there are still those in government that see Fresh Kills much different than the one he and I envision.”