About Mark

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 in order 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.

Mark’s Priorities for Staten Island

TRANSIT, TRAFFIC, TRANSPORTATION

Without Staten Island’s essential workers, New York City grinds to a halt. The infrastructure that connects us to the rest of the city is the most vital of any in the world, and it’s time we treat those roads, bridges, and waterways as the critical arteries they are.

“We must further develop transportation through the ‘6th Borough of New York’ also known as its waterways. We need a fast ferry from the South and West Shore and a faster Staten Island Ferry to shorten commutes.

“To make our streets safer, we must slow down drivers without crushing the middle class with speed-camera tickets – let’s listen to each community about where they want stop signs, lights and speed bumps – the City’s unelected unaccountable bureaucrats should not decide for us.

“Long term traffic nightmares on the Island also need to be dealt with immediately. Let’s finally find a Hylan Blvd solution and change the patterns on that thoroughfare to make it work better. By removing the median and parking on the street and using paint and light timing to increase efficiency, we can cut down on what has turned into a 2-hour commute for many of our neighbors.”

INFRASTRUCTURE

Staten Island’s infrastructure must catch up quick to its currently unsustainable growth over the last two decades. And every plan that goes forward needs to fit the community and foster accessibility to the rest of the city.

“Unsustainable and poorly planned growth has been forced on our island, and we’re paying the price in endless traffic, crumbling roads, and overcrowded schools.

“Lack of infrastructure is not smart development – or best use. Development isn’t always all good or all bad – we can find a common ground. Zoning has been at the middle of the conflict, and we need to address that. I will continue to advocate for Staten Island with the Dept. of City Planning – keeping our precious Island’s beauty, integrity and people in mind. Overstressing areas with massive development with not enough schools, police, fire, sanitation, hospitals, roads, sewers – infrastructure is not smart development – or best use”

“We need to make sure the community is involved and make their voices heard when it comes to our land use, We will demand guarantees from the next mayor on this issue.”

HEALTH CARE

To build a healthier Staten Island, we must have immediate funds earmarked for public health on the island, which typically gets slivers of the pie.

“I’ve talked to dozens of our community’s healthcare stakeholdersnurses, doctors, home health aides, administrators and patient advocates. We know what needs to be done to finally get Staten Island health care on par with the rest of the city and be able to care for our own people on the Island.

“Staten Island University Hospital and Richmond University Medical Center are highly sophisticated medical facilities that provide world-class care to everyone who needs it regardless of ability to pay. We will demand a designated amount of NYC Health & Hospitals Corp. funds which are directed to city hospitals be earmarked for our 2 hospitals in Staten Island. In addition, we need to ensure our community members can receive care near home and expand community health centers throughout the Island.

“There are numerous long-term solutions we need to pursue to build durable, redundant health care infrastructure that can treat our people, but the most urgent missing piece is dedicated city funding for SIUH and RUMC, which are already doing the work of the large public hospitals in other boroughs.”

PUBLIC SAFETY

We need a well trained and fully funded NYPD that can remove each and every illegal gun from our streets.

“Gun violence is a constant terror to our families, ending lives, stealing childhoods and tearing neighborhoods apart. We need to address the inequality and poverty that leads to gun violence.

“Shootings are up 97% from 2019 to 2020 (source) we need guns off the street now by creating an anti-gun unit that is created in partnership with the community. We need better NYPD training, better outreach, new technology, and continued communication, community input and trained officers on the street.

“We can make strides by ensuring there’s a team who wakes up and clocks in every day with the singular goal of getting dangerous illegal guns out of the hands of people who would use them to harm us.

“We also need more funding for the FDNY in order to reduce response times and save lives. This is done with five man engines.”