February 28, 2020


CITY HALL — Staten Island’s Independence Party’s screening committee endorsed Rep. Max Rose earlier this month ahead of the June primary and a slate of Democrats and Republicans vying for seats in the state Legislature.

The Independence Party has endorsed across political parties for years.

In 2016 and 2018 the Party endorsed Rose’s 2018 Republican rival former GOP Rep. Daniel Donovan.

In addition to Rep. Rose, the Independence Party also endorsed Democrats state Sen. Diane Savino; Assemblyman Michael Cusick over his GOP rival attorney Anthony DeGuerre; Assemblyman Charles Fall over his Republican challenger retired Detective Paul Ciurcina Jr.; Savino’s deputy chief of staff, Brandon Patterson, who is running for Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis’ Assembly seat; as well as Republicans state Sen. Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman Micheal Reilly, who do not yet have any Democratic challengers or primary rivals.

“In just a short time in office, Congressman Rose has proven himself to be a fighter for all of Staten Island and South Brooklyn, and an independent voice in a hyper-partisan time. Whether it’s his work on the seawall safeguarding Staten Island’s shores, his leadership on split tolling which will reduce traffic, or his advocacy for our veterans, it’s clear Max Rose gets the job done!” Said Independence Party Chairman Avi Gvili.

Gvili said the party selects candidates over party affiliation based on their records and the job they have done to improve the lives of Staten Islanders.

“When I was elected, I promised to take on anyone in any party to get results for Staten Island and South Brooklyn–and I’m proud to have kept that promise,” said Rose. “I’m honored to have the endorsement of the Independence Party of New York and look forward to continuing to fight through the partisanship to achieve common sense results.”

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