Candidates for Staten Island Borough President and Council Seats

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    The Borough Presidents are the chief executives of each borough. They have the power, for their boroughs, to consult with the mayor in the preparation of the annual executive budget; to make recommendations on budget priorities, capital projects, and other matters; to review land-use decisions and proposed sites for City facilities; to monitor the delivery of City services and the performance of contracts; and to have legislation introduced in the City Council. Borough Presidents earn an annual salary of $160,000.

    Here are the candidates for Staten Island Borough President:

    John Luisi, Borough President

    James Molinaro, Borough President

    The City Council is the legislative, or law-making, branch of city government. The City Council is responsible for passing local laws for New York City, making decisions about land use, investigating and overseeing city agencies, and approving the city's budget. Each council member represents one of the 51 New York City Council districts. Council members receive an annual base salary of $112,500.

    Here are the candidates for Staten Island City Council:

    Tim Kuhn, City Council #49

    Debi Rose, City Council # 49

    Kenneth Mitchell, City Council #49

    James Oddo, City Council #50

    Vincent Ignizio, City Council #51

    James Pocchia, City Council #50

    Janine Materna, City Council #51

    The non-partisan video voter guide is a partnership between the voter assistance commission, WNBC, NYC-TV and the campaign finance board. Some candidates for public office declined to participate.  To see a transcript of the video voter guide in English and other languages, please go to  All translations will be be available by Sept. 1, 2009