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York is recognized as a city that elevates and supports citizen engagement and volunteerism. The city offers a broad range of volunteering opportunities to its citizens, from looking after green areas to mentoring fellow residents. York makes it possible for people of all ages and backgrounds to volunteer in the city to help others, develop their own skills, and gain new experiences.

The city is at the start of its journey to becoming an asset-based place that focuses on citizen’s abilities, rather than their inabilities. With this approach in mind, York plans to build strong and resilient communities by harnessing the untapped skills of its people through its active citizen engagement and volunteerism programs.

York has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2016.

Lord Mayor David Carr

David Carr is the Council Member representing the Mid-Island based 50th Councilmanic District. Prior to his election to the Council in November 2021, Carr served as Chief of Staff to former City Council Minority Leader Steven Matteo for the previous eight years. As a focal point of the Mid-Island Council office, Carr managed a broad range of issues from constituent and community matters, to moving legislation in City Hall. In less than seven years, he helped negotiate the passage of 27 of Matteo’s bills, which is a record for a Staten Island Council Member. He also worked closely with many community organizations and city agencies to help the Council member allocate funding and capital resources.

Carr has had a lifelong passion for government and politics and began getting involved in campaigns at the age of 10, stuffing mailings and doing literature drops for Guy Molinari’s final run for Borough President. He continued to be involved in races over the years and decided to dedicate his professional life to bettering his community through political action. After being staff on campaigns for two years, Carr began working in government doing constituent services in the United States House of Representatives. He eventually became the Chief of Staff to then-newly elected state Assemblyman, and current City Council Minority Leader Joseph Borelli before taking that role for Matteo in 2014.

Carr has also been an active member of the Staten Island Republican Party’s County Committee (SIGOP) since 2009 and its Executive Committee since 2012. He is a former President of the Richmond County Young Republicans and First Vice-Chair of the SIGOP.

A lifelong resident of Grasmere, Carr attended St. Christopher’s Preschool, P.S. 48 in Concord, and the former St. John Villa Academy for elementary and middle school and Monsignor Farrell High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Government from Georgetown University.

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