Borough President James Molinaro, elected to his post first in 2001, is currently serving his second term in office. Mr. Molinaro’s political career began when he joined the New York State Conservative Party in 1964. Mr. Molinaro rose quickly within the ranks of the state’s Conservative Party, winning the election in 1974 as Chairman of Richmond County, and subsequently as Vice Chair of the state party. In 1989, he was elected Executive Vice Chair of the New York State Conservative Party, a post that he still holds. Before becoming Borough President, Mr. Molinaro served for 12 years as Deputy Borough President to former Borough President Guy V. Molinari (1990-2001). Mr. Molinaro also served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Guy V. Molinari, representing New York’s 14th Congressional District.
In addition to work, Mr. Molinaro, a Fort Wadsworth resident, has dedicated himself to health care-related charitable works in memory of his late wife. In 1991, a new dialysis unit at Bayley Seton Hospital was dedicated in memory of Carol E. Molinaro. Mr. Molinaro was the first Chairman of the Board of St. Elizabeth Ann’s Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, and in 2000, St. Elizabeth Ann’s opened the James P. and Carol E. Molinaro Health Care and Rehabilitation Center Atrium. He also serves on the Board of the Staten Island Heart Institute, a co-venture with RUMC and Staten Island University Hospital.