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Joe Borelli

Joseph Borelli
Member of the New York City Council
from the 51st district
Assumed office
November 30, 2015
Preceded byVincent Ignizio
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 62nd district
In office
January 1, 2013 – November 30, 2015
Preceded byLouis Tobacco
Succeeded byRonald Castorina
Personal details
Born (1982-07-27) July 27, 1982 (age 37)
Staten Island, New York
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceAnnadale, Staten Island
Alma materMarist College (BA)
College of Staten Island (MA)

Joseph Charles Borelli (born July 27, 1982)[1] is the New York City Council member for the 51st District and Minority Whip of the New York City Council. He is a Republican. The district encompasses much of Staten Island's South Shore.

Early life, education, and career

Joseph was born on Staten Island and adopted at birth by the Borelli Family.[2] He attended Public School 4, Our Lady Star of the Sea Grammar School, and St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School,[1] from which he graduated in 2000. While there he was a founder and President of the Holy Name Society, and a star on the football team.

After graduating from Marist College he worked on the campaign of first-time candidate Vincent Ignizio, who was elected to the New York State Assembly from the South Shore-based 62nd District. Joe became Chief-of-Staff to the then Assemblyman and continued in that role when Ignizio was elected to the New York City Council in February 2007.[1] He has also taught introductory political science classes at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York since 2008.

Political career

Borelli was elected on November 6, 2012, to the State Assembly to succeed the retiring Louis Tobacco.[3] He was one of only two Republicans in New York City's State Assembly delegation. In 2013, he earned the highest rating from the Conservative party for being the most conservative member of the legislature from New York City. He was also the only member of the legislature from the city to vote against the NY SAFE Act.[citation needed]. He served as the ranking member of the committee on Cities for three years.

On November 3, 2015, Borelli won election to replace fellow Republican Vincent Ignizio on the City Council. Ignizio left in July to work for a nonprofit. He was sworn into office on November 30, 2015, and was chosen to be the Council's Minority Whip. Borelli serves as the chair of the Council's Committee on Fire and Emergency Management.[4]

In 2016, Borelli frequently appeared on national cable TV news shows where he supported Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. Borelli also co-chaired Trump’s campaign during the 2016 New York Republican primary.[5] Borelli was re-elected in the New York City Council elections, 2017, winning 80% of the vote.[6] While retaining his Council seat, he lost a 2019 election for New York City Public Advocate, earning 20% of the citywide vote.[7]

In 2019. New York State Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy named Borelli as a 2020 spokesman to help spread the New York GOP's message during the 2020 election cycle.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Joe Borelli: Biography". New York State Assembly. Archived from the original on January 6, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  2. ^ Right-to-life support for Staten Island candidate, an adoptee
  3. ^ "First-Time Candidate Joseph Borelli". Staten Island Advance. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  4. ^ HENNELLY, BOB. "Council Bills Eye Impact of Development on FDNY". The Chief. Retrieved 2020-02-09.
  5. ^ Gay, Mara (May 13, 2016). "Donald Trump Supporter Wages Lonely Fight on Liberal New York City Council". The Wall Street Journal.
  6. ^ "Election Results: De Blasio Wins Second Term as New York City Mayor". The New York Times.
  7. ^ "Unofficial Election Night Results: Public Advocate". Board of Elections in the City of New York. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  8. ^ "State GOP Chair Turns To Staunch Trump Ally to Lead 2020 Messaging". Retrieved 2020-02-09.
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Louis Tobacco
New York State Assembly, 62nd District
January 1, 2013 – November 30, 2015
Succeeded by
Ronald Castorina
Political offices
Preceded by
Vincent Ignizio
Member of the New York City Council from the 51st District
Succeeded by