Staten Island Candidates Haul in Public Matching Dollars

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Staten Island map. [Credit: Baruch College/CUNY]

The Campaign Finance Board (CFB) yesterday doled out a whopping $23.3 million in public matching funds to candidates running for office this year, tacking onto the already historic $72.2 million they’ve given out in funds in these and any other races for the last 32 years, said the CFB.

More candidates are registered to run in the 2021 elections than in any previous New York City election cycle, and more than 71 percent of the individual contributions raised are from New York City residents, said CFB.

To qualify for public funds, candidates must meet fundraising thresholds demonstrating support from within their communities, in City Council races that means candidates must raise at least $5,000 from city residents and at least 75 contributions from residents of the district where they are running, said CFB.

The CFB then provides matching funds to qualifying candidates, $8 for every $1 they raise, up to the first $175 for donations to City Council and Borough President candidates.

Overall, 20 candidates for borough president, and 206 City Council candidates have qualified for public funds payments with 103 receiving a maximum public funds payment today, April 15, said CFB.

Here’s a breakdown of what Staten Island candidates received yesterday in the borough president’s race and by city council district:

Borough President-

Lorraine Honor $222,026

Steven Matteo $70,945

Mark Murphy $171,213

Leticia Remauro $30,552

City Council-


Selina Grey $7,144

Kamillah Hanks $3,093

Troy McGhie $42,492

Ranti Ogunleye $16,659

Michael Schnall $35,819


Sal Albanese $18,673

David Carr $25,620

Marko Kepi $160,444

Sam Pirozzolo $6,764

George Wonica $13,205


Joseph Borelli $28,462

Olivia Drabczyk $43,107