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Staten Island Councilman Rekindles Calls for Secession in Wake of Brexit

By Nigel Chiwaya | June 24, 2016 3:25pm
 Councilman Joe Borelli (seen here with Donald Trump) says Staten Islanders should think about leaving the city after the Brexit vote.
Councilman Joe Borelli (seen here with Donald Trump) says Staten Islanders should think about leaving the city after the Brexit vote.
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STATEN ISLAND  — First the Brexit, maybe next the Stexit?

One city councilman thinks Staten Island should take inspiration from the United Kingdom's controversial European Union membership referendum and vote to secede from rest of the five boroughs — as they've been threatening to do for decades.

Councilman Joe Borelli called the shocking vote to leave the European Union "inspiring" in a Tweet Thursday night, arguing that Staten Islanders have already expressed a clear desire to break free from the city in the past.

Twitter users and journalists were quick to point out that leaving New York City would likely mean an increase in property taxes, along with loss of services from the NYPD, Staten Island Ferry, and other city services. But Borelli was undaunted.

Staten Island came close to leaving the five boroughs in 1993, when 65 percent of residents voted in favor of an independent Staten Island city charter. But the plan stalled out in the state Assembly.

So what do you think, readers? Should Staten Island break away from the boroughs? Let us know in the poll below.