Joe Borelli renews his bid to pull Staten Island out of New York

A Pole from Staten Island makes another push to transform New York City into the “four boroughs.”

Republican Council Minority Leader Joseph Borelli on Thursday introduced legislation creating a task force to study the feasibility of Staten Island’s secession from the left-leaning Big Apple and an independent city.

Borelli – who co-sponsored a similar bill in 2019 that died in committee – told The Post on Saturday he hopes for better luck and a “fair shake” with a new mayor and city council.

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connects the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island
Previously, Staten Island had attempted to break away from the city nearly 30 years ago.
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He also dismissed previous criticism that such a move would be too costly for the so-called “forgotten district,” which would have to fund its own services, which are now provided by New York City.

“Anyone who can definitely say what it’s going to cost Staten Islanders is dreaming,” Borelli said. “You cannot predict what kind of government we would elect and how much [it] would duplicate services.”

Mayor’s spokesman Fabien Levy made it clear Saturday that Adams wants Staten Island to remain in the Big Apple.

“Mayor Adams is a five-county mayor, not a four-county mayor, and Staten Island is as much a part of New York City as any other borough,” Levy said.

Fabien Levi
Mayor’s spokesman Fabien Levy has dismissed the idea of ​​Staten Island secession.

Staten Island had attempted to secede from the city nearly 30 years earlier, with county residents overwhelmingly passing a non-binding secession law in 1993. That movement was scuppered in Albany, however, when then-Convention Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) refused to vote on the matter without a “House Rules Message” from the city council.

Staten Island would need state and city blessings for any secession plan.

With a population of about 475,000, Staten Island is the city’s least populated borough, but on its own it would rank among the most populous cities in the country, even surpassing cities like Miami and Sacramento.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/21/joe-borelli-renews-bid-to-pull-staten-island-out-of-nyc/ Joe Borelli renews his bid to pull Staten Island out of New York

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