STATEN ISLAND, NY – On June 9, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani endorsed Greek-Cypriot former Richmond County Assistant District Attorney Michael Tannousis in the Republican Party primary race for Nicole Malliotakis’ seat in the State Assembly, SILive reported.
Tannousis has also been endorsed by “Malliotakis, local Republican elected officials, the Island Republican Party’s Executive Committee, the Brooklyn Republican Party’s Executive Committee, Donald Trump Jr., local law enforcement unions, as well as Brooklyn and Staten Island’s Conservative Parties over his GOP primary rival Marko Kepi,” SILive reported.
“Staten Island and Bay Ridge Republicans have a clear choice for State Assembly in Michael Tannousis,” said Giuliani, SILive reported. “Michael actually put violent criminals behind bars and knows what it takes to keep our communities safe. He will always have the backs of our men and women in uniform, and that is why I am proud to endorse him to be the next assemblyman for Staten Island and Bay Ridge.”
Giuliani made the endorsement with just two weeks to go before the Republican Primary is held on June 23.
Tannousis commented on Giuliani’s endorsement, “I am honored to receive the support of ‘America’s Mayor.’ As a kid growing up in Staten Island in the ‘90s, I knew Rudy was a champion for our city. He had fought corruption as a federal prosecutor and made our streets safe for us again,” SILive reported.
Tannousis is a lifelong Staten Islander, and the son of Greek immigrants who came to America to seek a better life after being displaced by armed conflict in Cyprus. He attended Monsignor Farrell High School and earned an undergraduate degree from SUNY Binghamton and his Juris Doctor from Pace Law School.
Tannousis began his career in public service in 2006 when he was hired as an aide to then-Minority Leader James Oddo. While there, he learned the gold standard in constituent services and helped many residents that came seeking assistance whether it was filling a pothole, getting storm drains cleaned, or fixing an issue with a property tax bill. Tannousis saw firsthand what government could and should look like when it works for the people it is supposed to serve. During much of this time, he was going to law school in addition to working and after becoming a lawyer fulfilled a long-held dream of becoming a prosecutor.
More information about Tannousis and his campaign is available online: www.miketannousis.com.