Fire On Staten Island Friday Takes Lives Of Two. BP Fossella Releases Statement


Statement from Borough President Vito J. Fossella regarding Children Killed in House Fire

This is every parent’s worst nightmare. We are deeply saddened by the tragedy of the two young children who lost their lives in a house fire on December 23rd, and it is so disheartening that this happened right before the holidays. 

We should remember to appreciate what we have, and be grateful for every new day. Mary Pat and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of these young Staten Islanders. Our office respectfully asks all to pray for all affected by this horrible fire.

Banner Image: Fire trucks. Image Credit – Connor Betts


BP Vito Fossella

The Office of the Borough President has a responsibility to advocate for the entire Borough of Staten Island and all its residents, and represents the Borough's interests within City government. The Borough President communicates directly with the Mayor and the City Council to emphasize Staten Island’s budget priorities. In addition, the Borough President is responsible for reviewing major land use decisions and proposing sites for city facilities within the Borough. As the chair of the Borough Board, the Borough President leads Staten Island’s City Council delegation and Community Board chairs in the process of reviewing and approving the transfer of public properties to private use. The Borough President’s Office houses the Borough's Topographical Bureau, which maintains the borough’s official maps and assigns street addresses. The Borough President monitors the delivery of city services on Staten Island, and acts as a liaison between residents and city agencies when problems arise to devise solutions. The Borough President is also responsible for appointing one member to the Panel for Educational Policy and one member to the City Planning Commission, as well as some 150 members to Staten Island’s three community boards.

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