Public service is in Mark Murphy’s DNA. Growing up in West Brighton the son of Congressman Jack Murphy, Mark Murphy has seen firsthand how Staten Island has changed over the years. From unsafe and decrepit infrastructure to an increase in deadly shootings citywide, our borough has drastically changed. These issues have been ignored by Borough Hall for far too long, and this inspired Mark to want to enact change, for all the people of Staten Island, for his neighbors, and for his family. He was raised in Staten Island and started his family here because he knows what Staten Island was and what it can be.
Mark Murphy is a longtime community advocate. In the early 2010s, Mark served as Staten Island’s voice in the office of the New York City Public Advocate, holding the Mayor and his administration accountable for their failure to provide resources to Staten Island.
In 2012, Mark challenged then-Congressman Michael Grimm for his seat, in an attempt to unify Staten Islanders of all parties to bring about positive change to Staten Island and Brooklyn. Despite this loss, Mark Murphy never lost sight of his vision for a better future for Staten Island.
After his run for office, Mark continued his real estate brokerage and construction business and helps the next generation of Staten Island families buy, sell, and re-build their homes and advises business owners when negotiating their complex leases and asset sales. As a small business owner, he knows that when you are offering a service or doing a job that you must get results or you’re out of business. That is the same mindset he is taking to Borough Hall; he will get results and get the job done.
Mark believes Staten Island gets shortchanged by New York City. We pay 9% of the revenue to the City, but only get 4% back. He understands the struggles that his fellow Staten Island businesses and families faced during the pandemic, and intends to fight for residents and small businesses boroughwide.
In the last decade as a private citizen, Mark never stopped using his experience and relationships to help his community. After Hurricane Sandy, Mark secured the help of Americares, a major charitable foundation, to help our communities rebuild. Mark fought alongside Senator Schumer to make sure FEMA flood insurance rates did not skyrocket, helping east shore residents. He continues to dedicate his time to Camp Good Grief of SI, helping children who have lost a parent or loved one. Mark also helped organize seniors living in NYCHA properties who had been subjected to dangerous conditions due to maintenance neglect by the city.
Mark understands that the only way to address our challenges is to get our fair share of tax dollars back from the City. He believes it is wrong that Staten Island taxpayers pay 9 percent of New York City’s revenue, but only get 4 percent back, and he won’t rest until we get our fair share of tax dollars back. Instead of the usual Borough Presidents who are all talk, Mark will have a seat at the table to actually get things done to improve our quality of life, reducing crime and gun violence, bringing back more of our tax dollars, and improving traffic and reducing tolls.
Mark Murphy is the proud father of three and lives in West Brighton with his wife and son in the same community he grew up in. He is running for Borough President to create a cleaner, greener, safer and stronger Staten Island for everyone. .
What is a Borough President?
Borough Presidents are the highest elected officials in each of New York City’s five boroughs. Through the role, Borough Presidents advocate for the needs of their borough’s residents, control a portion of the city’s budget, play a role in the land use process, and appoint members of Community Boards.
Borough Presidents can use the office to advocate for the borough as a whole. By using their platform, Borough Presidents can bring attention to issues facing their constituents and can then use their position to achieve meaningful action to address the most pressing issues facing residents.
Each of the city’s five Borough presidents receive about 1% of the City’s budget to fund capital projects, like schools and parks, in their borough.
Borough Presidents weigh in on development projects that need public approval with an advisory vote and written decision. While their input is not binding, it is influential and can sway the outcome of the project.
Borough Presidents appoint all members of community boards, local bodies that weigh in on everything ranging from local land use matters to restaurants’ liquor licenses to bike lanes.