Vito Fossella

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenager


Fossella was born and raised in Staten Island, with his great grandfather James O’ Leary being a former Congressman, his uncle Frank Fosella being a prominent Democrat in Staten Island, and his father Vito Fosella Sr being involved in politics as well. Fossella would later work graduate from Monsignor Farrell High School, attend Iona College, transfer to the University of Pennsylvania and graduate with a degree in economics. He would later attend Fordham University for Law School. He would later work on campaigns for Susan Molinari (1992) and Rudy Guliani (1993). In 1994, Fossella ran and won his race for City Council, serving until 1997. In 1997, Vito Fossella ran to represent the 13th congressional district, in which he won his special election race. Fosella would later win the races he ran from 1997 to 2006. In 2008, however, Fosella’s DWI arrest and the extra-marital affair became known to the public, prompting Fossella to not run for reelection in 2008. Fossella has mostly kept quiet until his announcement to run for Staten Island’s Borough President seat.

Key Issues

Public Safety

In what he sees as a resurgence of crime, Fossella would work with the mayor and the police commission to work on various ways to stop crime in Staten Island (through anti-crime initiatives, etc). Fossella has been very explicit in his belief of not defunding the police.


Seeing what he thinks is an increase in population in Staten Island, Fossella as Borough President would work parks in the borough.


Seeing what he thinks is an increase in population in Staten Island, Fossella as Borough President would work to build new schools and school buses.


Though Fossella is for vaccines, he is not opposed to those who don’t want to get vaccinated. He wishes that those who have not been vaccinated will look into get one, however. Fossella is against a mask mandate for kids in schools, summer camps, etc and will work to get rid of it.

Small Businesses

In December of 2020, Fossella has come to support Mac’s Public House after the bar undermines COVID-19 regulation. He spoke about how COVID has hurt small businesses like Mac’s Public House, and hopes to help them out.


Known Endorsements: Former President Donald Trump, Former NYC Mayor Rudy Guiliani, Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis, Former Borough President James Molinaro