Tom Cocola was appointed Staten Island Borough Commissioner in January 2008 after having served in an acting capacity since July 2007. In this role, he is the Commissioner’s principal adviser and the agency’s point-person for the delivery of transportation services in the borough. Mr. Cocola also works daily with Staten Island’s residents, businesses, elected officials, and community boards to address their transportation concerns.
Mr. Cocola began his career at DOT in 1998 as the Assistant Commissioner of Community and Intergovernmental Relations. He ran the agency’s Press Office for five years before becoming Staten Island Deputy Borough Commissioner in February of 2005. Previous to joining DOT, Mr. Cocola held several other key positions focused on improving the quality of life of Staten Islanders, including stints with the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit and the Staten Island Borough President’s Office.
Before entering government, Mr. Cocola was a reporter for the Staten Island Advance from December 1986 to January 1990. He also reported in New York State for both the Utica Observer Dispatch and the Auburn Citizen.
A native of Geneva, New York, Mr. Cocola is a cum laude graduate with a bachelor's of arts degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He moved to Staten Island in 1986 and currently resides in Eltingville with his wife, daughter and son.