Staten Island Politicians: We Stand In Solidarity With Israel In Its Time Of Need


BP Fossella, Staten Island Elected Officials to Hold Solidarity Event with Council of Jewish Organizations 


Staten Island, NY – Borough President Vito Fossella and other Staten Island elected officials held a solidarity event for victims of violence in Israel with the Council of Jewish Organizations in the lobby of the Joan & Alan Bernikow Jewish Community Center on Tuesday, October 10, at 11:30 AM.

The Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island is a community organization committed to serving the Jewish community and Staten Island as a whole. COJO offers support and fosters community engagement through events across the island.


In light of the violence taking place [at that time] in Israel, Borough President Fossella and his fellow elected officials stand in solidarity with the Jewish community during these trying times.


In attendance: BP Fossella; Consul General of Israel; Michael McMahon, Richmond County District Attorney; Jessica Scarcella-Spanton, State Senator; Michael Reilly, Assemblyman; Michael Tannousis, Assemblyman; Sam Pirozzolo, Assemblyman; David Carr, Councilman; Kamillah Hanks, Councilmember; representatives from the Council of Jewish Organizations;




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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