So Long, Staten Island? Councilmen Want Borough To Secede From NYC

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November 09, 2019 - 1:48 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Staten Island is often called the “forgotten borough, ” but two Republican councilmembers there don’t want the borough to be forgotten—or even be a part of New York City.

Councilmen Joe Borelli and Steven Matteo instead are looking to see if it’s possible for Staten Island to break away from the city.

They’re going to introduce legislation in the coming weeks to create a task force to study the idea.

The two Republican councilmen say New York is too progressive and that Staten Island is on the short end of the city’s property tax system.

“I find it difficult for the opposition people who wouldn’t want to secede, I think the burden’s on them to prove why Staten Islanders shouldn’t govern Staten Island and what the city does better than what we can do on our own,” Boelli told the Staten Island Advance, which first reported the plan.

In 1993, the residents of Staten Island overwhelmingly passed a nonbinding secession bill, but the effort was ultimately killed in Albany.

A spokesman for Mayor de Blasio told the New York Post that “there would be no New York City without Staten Island, and the mayor opposes secession.”