BP Fossella Addresses Disturbing Rise In Violent Crime Along Youths On Staten Island, Announces Roundtable In Coming Weeks


Statement from Borough President Vito Fossella on Surge in Youth Crime and Youth Victims on Staten Island  

It is tragic that so many young people on Staten Island have been killed and/or injured by violent crime.    

The numbers are bad– murder, robbery, larceny and assault of youths have increased significantly since last year. There has also been an unacceptable surge in youth committing violent crimes, particularly assaults and robberies.    

It is unfathomable that in this day and age, so many youths have been made victims of violent crime or have committed violent crime themselves. No child should have to experience violence or live in fear, nor should any parent see their child made a victim.    

In light of this surge in violent crime, we will host a roundtable in the coming weeks. We have invited all of our fellow Staten Island elected officials (most of whom have said they will attend), representatives from the Department of Education and other interested parties to discuss ways that we can curb this tragic surge in youth violence.    

Banner Image: Youth crime. Image Credit – Anemone123


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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