by Team Borelli on Apr 03, 2012 Newsroom

GOP Rep. Bob Turner has endorsed Joseph Borelli’s bid for the South Shore Assembly seat.

“Joe’s commitment to public service and his community make him a natural choice to serve the people of Staten Island as their assemblyman,” Turner said at a City Hall press conference.

Turner, who is running to unseat U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), said Borelli “has a fresh approach to leadership that we need more of in Albany. He will be a true fighter for New York City’s interests and I’m proud to endorse him.”

Borelli is looking to replace GOP Assemblyman Lou Tobacco, who is not seeking re-election this year and who recently took a job with Staten Island University Hospital.

“I’m enormously grateful to Congressman Turner for his endorsement of my candidacy,” said Borelli, chief of staff to City Councilman Vincent Ignizio (R-South Shore). “Bob went to Washington to shake things up and make a difference and I will take that same approach in the Albany.”

It was the latest in a string of endorsements for Borelli. He has been backed by Ignizio, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn), Borough President James P. Molinaro, Councilman James Oddo (R-Mid-Island/Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn).

Said Borelli, “I have spent my career working on behalf of the people of Staten Island and I look forward to continuing that fight as their representative in the Assembly.”

A Huguenot resident, Borelli also serves on the city Voter Assistance Advisory Committee and is an adjunct professor of political science at the College of Staten Island.

Republicans will hold a county convention later this month to make endorsements for the fall campaigns, including the Assembly race.