Ralph J. Lamberti

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Ralph J. Lamberti is a member of the Democratic Party, and held the office of borough president of Staten Island, New York from 1984 to 1989.[1] He was sworn in on Nov 10 1984 as the 12th Borough President of Staten Island. His family came from Italy: in the ceremony he noted "My grandfather dug ditches and corked pipes for the water department, ... "Now, a century later, his grandson became president of the borough he so cherished."[2] He was defeated in the 1989 by then Congressman Guy Molinari, the first time in 20 years, that a Republican won this office.[1]

Lamberti made a controversial deal with then New York City Mayor Ed Koch by which the four homeless shelters originally planned for Staten Island were not built in return for accepting a new city jail on Staten Island.[3]


  1. ^ a b TODD S. PURDUM (November 8, 1989) THE 1989 ELECTIONS: Board of Estimate; A Generation Of Ex-Critics Gains Power The New York Times
  2. ^ ESTHER B. FEIN (November 11, 1984) NEW S.I. BOROUGH PRESIDENT IS SWORN IN The New York Times
  3. ^ ALAN FINDER (August 22, 1987) Homeless, Politicians And a Deal New York Times
Political offices
Preceded by
Anthony Gaeta
Borough President of Staten Island
Succeeded by
Guy Molinari