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Staten Island

Party loyalties are evenly split in Staten Island. More active voters are Democrats, but Republicans are down by only 43,000. The borough is home to two of the three Republicans in the New York City Council, and just one Democrat. The state delegation is similarly divided.

What’s remarkable, then, is how well local elected officials work across party lines. Democrats and Republicans ride home from Albany together. The need for better transit and a solution to the opioid epidemic have served as bipartisan rallying points.

This pragmatism comes, in part, from the fact that Staten Island is also the city’s smallest borough. Indeed, as Democratic Assemblyman Matthew Titone told us, “To know Staten Island, you have to understand we are a small town in a big city.”

Staten Island Articles

  • Staten Island Ferry

    The ‘Stexit’: Could Staten Island secede from New York City?

    By Frank G. Runyeon

    Many Staten Islanders say they have never really felt like they’re part of New York City. They even announce it to visitors arriving at St. George’s ferry terminal, where t-shirts and coffee mugs sport the well-worn phrase, “Staten Island: The Forgotten Borough” – which seems as much a badge of honor as a complaint.

  • Man walking down hallway

    The heroin war: Staten Islanders face limited funding, outdated statistics

    By Frank G. Runyeon

    A white van rattles northward on Staten Island's narrow roads, rumbling past wooded lots and vinyl-sided homes beneath a web of electrical wires and telephone lines. One of its passengers is 33-year-old Kevin Oshea.

  • Verrazano Bridge, Staten Island, NY

    These 6 Staten Island transit projects could transform the borough

    By Jeff Coltin

    When we asked Staten Island politicians last year what could be improved about their borough, every single one of them mentioned transportation. There have been a lot of proposed fixes – enough that the topic was skewered in a 2005 mockumentary, the “The Staten Island Catapult,” about a contraption that would launch commuters to Manhattan. Here are some of the projects that are actually being considered, and how likely they are to happen.

  • Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NY

    Harbor Hero: A Q&A with Lynn Kelly of the Snug Harbor Culutural Center & Botanical Garden

    By Jeff Coltin

    Originally a home for washed-up sailors, Snug Harbor is now a cultural hub on Staten Island. At its helm is Lynn Kelly, the president and CEO of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. Kelly, who landed on City & State’s inaugural Staten Island 50, also serves on NYC & Company’s executive committee and sits on the New York City Economic Development Corporation board when she isn’t busy juggling Snug Harbor’s many offerings, from the schools to the gardens to the artists’ studios.

  • James Oddo

    Staten Island BP James Oddo: Washington, D.C., we ain't

    By James Oddo

    As I peruse the national news every day, dominated as it is by an extraordinarily divisive presidential campaign, I gaze out my window at Borough Hall and say a prayer of thanks that I’m here instead of the nation’s capital.

  • Staten Island

    Visions of Staten Island's future

    By City & State

    Staten Island politicians have long complained that theirs is New York City’s forgotten borough. And that sentiment remains popular, especially in the face of limited transit options, an opioid epidemic and the need for more economic development and investment in local businesses.