Joseph Borelli has represented the constituents of the 62nd Assembly District since November 6, 2012. His district includes the South Shore of Staten Island. Dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life on Staten Island, Borelli was instrumental in the movement to reduce taxes, tolls, and fees in New York City. He introduced a series of bills intended to ease the financial burden and alleviate the stress of over-regulation on drivers. As a member of the Energy Committee, Borelli fought against all energy fee increases proposed in the executive budget. Borelli also serves as the Ranking Minority Member of the Cities Committee, and on the Committees on Health and Housing. A strong advocate for small businesses, Borelli proposed a tax-relief program that would provide relief to small-business owners to offset the ever-increasing cost of doing business and provide meaningful savings to the mom-and-pop shops on Staten Island. As a volunteer, Borelli serves on the Development Board of St. Joseph by the Sea High School, as well as the Friends of the College of Staten Island, which raises money for scholarships. He has guided dozens of non-profits, veterans’ organizations and community groups in accessing government grants. He has helped raise private money for equipment to help handicapped children at Mount Loretto, and has worked with the Verdino Foundation to bring a state-of-the-art little league facility to the South Shore. Borelli holds a B.A. from Marist College and an M.A. from the College of Staten Island, where he is also an Adjunct Professor of Political Science. He was listed as one of City and State’s 40 Under 40 Albany Rising Stars in 2013. As a native Staten Islander, Borelli has lived on the South Shore his entire life and currently lives in Annadale with his wife, Rachel, and dog, Luna. The couple is expecting their first child in September.