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Michael Tannousis Wins Primary Election, Opponent Concedes

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Attorney Michael Tannousis is the Republican nominee for the New York State Assembly seat after his primary opponent Marko Kepi conceded on July 7 via phone call to Tannousis two weeks after the election, SI Live reported, adding that Tannousis is also the Conservative Party nominee for the November general election.

“I am proud to be the nominee of the Republican and Conservative Parties for the New York State Assembly,” Tannousis said, SI Live reported, “This primary was hard fought, and I thank our law enforcement unions, elected officials, party leaders, and all my fellow Republicans for their support. Now, we must all work together to win November. There are major issues facing Staten Island and Bay Ridge from recovering from the shutdown to property tax reform to public safety, and I intend to fight for common sense policies that enhance our quality of life.”

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.

Tannousis, a former prosecutor in both the Bronx and Staten Island will face Democrat Brandon Patterson for the seat that Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-East Shore Staten Island/South Brooklyn) will vacate at the end of the year due to her campaign for Congress, SI Live reported.

Kepi, “a U.S. Marine and former staffer for State Sen. Marty Golden (R-Brooklyn), waited for absentee results to come in after the June 23 primary in which 5,088 people turned out to vote, and Tannousis won by more than 1,000 votes,” SI Live reported, adding that “the 2020 primaries saw an increased number of absentee ballots due to state mandates that allowed all New Yorkers to vote absentee because of the coronavirus pandemic.”

“It was a hard fought race. My opponent Mike Tannousis ran a good race and I congratulated him,” Kepi told SI Live, “I was blessed to have a ton of support. We registered over 2,000 people to vote throughout Staten Island, and now I’m going to work hard to make sure the Republican ticket prevails in November against the Democrats.”

More information about Tannousis and his campaign is available online: www.miketannousis.com.

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