Mo’ money, mo’ problems: Budget office review finds a Staten Island secession would be more costly for residents

The Independent Budget Office recently took a look into what it would cost for Staten Island to secede from the rest of the city and found it would result in Staten Islanders paying more for fewer services than they currently receive.

Staten Island would run a deficit between $171 million and $199 million if they broke away from the rest of the five boroughs, states a May 2 IBO report. The review included a deep dive into previous studies from another secession attempt in the 1990s, which weighed both fiscal and operational impacts of the potential separation.