Joseph Borelli, the Chief of Staff for Staten Island Councilman Vincent Ignizio, is moving forward with his campaign to replace retiring Assemblyman Lou Tobacco. This afternoon, Mr. Borelli filed for the seat and told The Politicker he would formally seek Republican and Conservative Party establishment support for his bid.
“I’m going to interview for the executive committee’s nomination, and the Conservative Party’s nomination,” he stated.
“Certainly transportation is, and remains to be, the highest priority for Staten Island,” he said of his campaign priorities, arguing his experience both in Albany and City Hall makes him the best candidate for the job.
Mr. Borelli’s interest in the seat is well-established. The Staten Island Advance reported he “may have inside track” in the election and already has the support of Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro. A Staten Island source told The Politicker that Councilman Jimmy Oddo and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis are behind Mr. Borelli’s campaign as well.
The Advance reported other potential Republican names include District Leader Brendan Lantry and the 2009 candidate for Public Advocate, Alex Zablocki.
The district could be the most Republican seat in all of New York City — it was one of only two districts Carl Paladino won in his failed gubernatorial bid in 2010 — so whoever wins the party’s nomination will be a strong favorite in the general election this November.