Ralph J. Lamberti
Born: November 10, 1984
Died: December 31, 1989
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. 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." He was defeated in the 1989 by then Congressman Guy Molinari, the first time in 20 years, that a Republican won this office.
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.
Borough President of Staten Island (1984-1989)