Staten Island GOP Assemblyman Borelli is most conservative among New York City state lawmakers
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Assemblyman Joe Borelli (R-South Shore) is the most conservative state lawmaker in New York City, according to the state Conservative Party, getting an 84 percent rating on votes important to the party.
Contributing to Borelli’s high score were his votes against the expansion of New York City public housing; the adoption of taxpayer-funded campaigns, and the DREAM Act, which would give free tuition to undocumented immigrants.
He also supported measures to curb the parental rights of sex offenders and to prohibit financial investments in foreign states that sponsor terrorism.
Borelli was also the only legislator from New York City to vote against the New York SAFE Act.
Borelli said he was proud of his voting record, and said he was wary of incoming Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“New York City taxpayers are in for the battle of their life,” he said. “Their homes, bank accounts and personal safety may be on the line in the next administration, and I’m not ready to give up the store.”
Conservative Party chair Mike Long said that one year since taking office, Borelli “has emerged as one of the leading voices for those New Yorkers who struggle to pay the increasing burden of property, income and sales taxes that threaten the middle class.”
Overall, Borelli is tied for 12th highest rating in the state Legislature.
Borelli’s GOP colleague, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn), got a 76 percent rating from the Conservatives.
As for Democrats, Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island) got a 32 percent rating, while Assemblyman Matthew Titone (D-North Shore) got an 8 percent rating.