Vincent M. Ignizio

District 51 Council Member

Councilman Ignizio was born and raised on the South Shore, attending PS 42 in Eltingville, IS 7 and St. Joseph by the Sea High School in Huguenot. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ.

Since 1996, Vincent Ignizio has been actively involved in working to make Staten Island a better place to live. He served as Chief of Staff to former New York City Councilman Stephen Fiala, and was later appointed administrator for the 51st Council District, charged with addressing the needs of the South Shore, by then-Council Speaker Vallone. During that time, Ignizio was responsible for managing the district office and representing the south shore on the New York City Council.

He went on to serve as Chief of Staff to Councilman Andrew Lanza, where he founded the bipartisan Chief of Staff Caucus, earning a commendation from Council Speaker Gifford Miller.

During his tenure as Lanza’s Chief of Staff, Ignizio co-authored five major downzoning applications for the South Shore, handled over $50 million in capital projects and was instrumental in building new park and rides and adding more than 200 acres of parkland.

Ignizio was elected to the New York State Assembly in the 2004 general election, representing the 62nd district which includes the South Shore. There, he was the ranking member on the Corporations and Authorities Committee, was the first freshman member appointed to the Ways and Means Committee in 20 years, and was elected Chairman of Assembly Republican Review Committee.

Ignizio was elected to the City Council in a 2007 special election to replace Councilman Lanza. He was re-elected in 2009, and again in 2013, garnering more than 74% of the vote. He was elected City Council Minority Leader by the Republican Delegation earlier this year. As one of the senior statesmen on the Council, Ignizio sits on the Finance, Land Use, Rules and Land Use Committees, and is a member of the Council Leadership and Budget Negotiation teams.

Most recently, Ignizio has spearheaded the efforts to remove toxic PCBs from our schools, to provide help for residents affected by Hurricane Sandy and property tax relief for owners of Sandy-damaged homes and to expand requirements for buildings to install early warning systems for deadly carbon monoxide gas. Among his many accomplishments during his tenure on the Council, Ignizio has passed a record number of bills for a South Shore Council member; helped to add nearly 800 park and ride spots on the South Shore; expand MTA express bus and train service; ensured that the toxic Brookfield landfill was remediated and preserved as a public park; and secured historic funding for autism treatment and research on Staten Island.

He currently resides with his wife Letizia, daughter Lina in Annadale. Vincent is a parishioner at Holy Child Church and involved in youth soccer on Staten Island.