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.