Rep. Max Rose, three Democratic incumbents in the state legislature and a candidate vying for Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis’ seat won the unanimous endorsement of the Staten Island Democratic Party’s executive committee Thursday night.
No other prospective candidates came forward to be interviewed by the committee, the party said.
On the state legislature side, the party endorsed Assemblymen Charles Fall and Michael Cusick, the party chairman; state Sen. Diane Savino, and her deputy chief of staff, Brandon Patterson, who is running for Malliotakis’ Assembly seat.
“Last night, the Staten Island Democratic Party’s executive committee voted unanimously to endorse Max Rose, Diane Savino, Michael Cusick, Charles Fall and Brandon Patterson in their respective campaigns for office," Cusick said. "Each brings an extensive record of accomplishments on the issues facing our borough. Whether it’s protecting our toll discounts, improving our commute, standing up for labor, or securing millions of dollars to combat the opioid epidemic -- this is a team that has delivered for Staten Island and is more than ready to do so again.”
Three of the candidates -- Rose, Savino and Patterson -- are running in districts that also represent a slice of South Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Democratic Party spokesman Bob Liff said Rose, Savino and Patterson were endorsed unanimously by that party’s executive committee. However, he could not say if any other candidates had interviewed with the executive committee for those races before the endorsements were made.
Currently, all five candidates do not have any known primary challengers.
Last year, Democratic Socialist Richard-Olivier Marius, a former campaign volunteer for Rose, stepped up to primary the incumbent. Marius had said he was upset that the freshman congressman did not initially support an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and other progressive legislation. But by the beginning of the year, Marius said he had dropped out of the primary, declining to say why.
Cusick ran unopposed in the last two elections, but attorney Anthony DeGuerre of Grymes Hill, a Republican, will run against the incumbent for the seat he has held for nearly two decades.
Retired Detective Paul Ciurcina Jr., a Republican, has stepped up to challenge Fall.
Meanwhile, Patterson has two Republican challengers -- former Assistant District Attorney Michael Tannousis and Marko Kepi, a former special assistant to ex-GOP state Sen. Marty Golden with close ties to former Rep. Michael Grimm.
DeGuerre, Ciurcina and Tannousis were all unanimously endorsed by the Island’s Republican Party executive committee.
Malliotakis appears to be the favored candidate of the local and national Republican parties to run against Rose. While she has a primary opponent, Brooklyn prosecutor Joseph Caldarera, the five-term assemblywoman has the support of the state and local Conservative parties and was unanimously endorsed by the Staten Island and Brooklyn Republican executive committees.
Malliotakis also said she won the “full support” and endorsement of President Donald Trump during a recent visit to the White House.
The deadline for prospective congressional and state candidates to file with the state Board of Elections to run is early April.
The primary for state and congressional races are scheduled for June 23.