My name is Sam Pirozzolo. I created this survey to see how Islanders feel about the overall quality of life on Staten Island and if there is any interest in seceding from New York City. Most people have a sense of when something just isn’t right. Consider being a taxpayer on Staten Island. Many islanders feel that we do not get back in city services our fair share of what we pay in taxes and we have an unfair property tax system. We have almost 50% fewer bus routes than any other borough, we don’t have an island-wide rapid transit system, we have been bombarded with speed cameras and unwanted bike lanes, our roads are horrible and the list goes on. Unfortunately, we have been calling ourselves the Forgotten Borough for so long that the term seems to have lost its meaning.
Forgotten Borough: Always last on the list to get services while first on the list for higher fees and taxes – Staten Island.
Once again there is talk about Staten Island seceding from NYC. I know a lot of people think we would be better off if we did leave NYC but the question is would we really be better off are we just kidding ourselves? This is an important conversation, and everyone has the right to join in the conversation.