STATEN ISLAND, NY —  The following statement is from Sam Pirozzolo, the Republican and Conservative nominee for State Assembly District 63, regarding a report that the City of New York would warehouse illegal migrants aboard cruise ships docked at the Staten Island Homeport…

“Many have asked to know where I stand on City Hall’s plan to warehouse several thousand illegal migrants aboard cruise ships docked at Staten Island’s Homeport.  Let me be clear:  I oppose it.

As what is forecasted to be a cold winter approaches, and at a time when energy costs are already sky-high, I am shocked to see Mayor Adams place the welfare of non-citizens above that of homeless New Yorkers, our senior citizens, and our veterans.  Mayor Adams has begged President Biden like Oliver ‘please sir, may I have some more’ for federal funds to manage these migrants.  And since these people are not coming here with bags full of money, and until — or if — the federal government develops a plan that actually addresses the humanitarian crisis on our southern border, then these costs fall solely on us, the law-abiding taxpayers.  

The bottom line is that we do not know anything about these people — we do not know their vaccination status or if they are criminals.  They are undocumented and unvetted.

As a boy of fifteen years old, I worked in the Lido Restaurant bussing tables.  There was always talk of rebuilding the North Shore, and no greater was that chatter than in the days of the up-and-coming Homeport.  Then came the prospect of a big wheel and a super shopping complex; all with the intention of boosting the North Shore community.  Instead, our North Shore neighbors got screwed.  They’ve gotten numerous homeless shelters, drug rehabilitation clinics, and now, the cherry on top, cruise ships warehousing thousands of illegal migrants.  One has to wonder: Is City Hall intentionally trying to break the backs of our North Shore and Staten Island communities with burden after burden?

This is an issue that transcends politics, but it must be said that every Republican elected official on Staten Island has come out against this plan — but where are the Democrats?  Their silence is deafening.”