A Staten Island pol is making one other push to show New York Metropolis into the “4 boroughs.”
Republican Council Minority Chief Joseph Borelli introduced legislation Thursday to create a process drive to check the feasibility of Staten Island seceding from the left-leaning Massive Apple and turning into an impartial metropolis.
Borelli — who co-sponsored an analogous invoice in 2019 that died in a committee — informed The Publish Saturday that he’s hoping for higher luck and a “honest shake” with a brand new mayor and Metropolis Council.
He additionally shot down earlier criticism that such a transfer can be too expensive for the so-called “forgotten borough” because it must fund its personal companies now offered by New York Metropolis.
“Anybody who can say definitively what it’ll value Staten Islanders is dreaming,” Borelli mentioned. “They’ll’t predict the kind of authorities we’d elect and the way a lot [it] would duplicate companies.”
Mayoral spokesman Fabien Levy made it clear Saturday that Adams desires Staten Island to stay within the Massive Apple.
“Mayor Adams is a five-borough mayor, not a four-borough mayor, and Staten Island is as a lot of New York Metropolis as some other borough,” Levy mentioned.
Staten Island beforehand tried to secede from town practically 30 years in the past, with borough residents overwhelmingly passing a non-binding secession bill in 1993. Nonetheless, that motion was killed in Albany when then-Meeting Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) refused to vote on the matter and not using a “residence rule message” from the Metropolis Council.
Staten Island would wish state and metropolis blessing for any secession plan.
With about 475,000 residents, Staten Island is town’s least populated borough, however by itself it could rank among the many most populated cities within the nation, even exceeding cities like Miami and Sacramento.