64th AD Race: Patterson, Tannousis enter home stretch


As we enter the homestretch, KCP put the following questions to the candidates – Brandon Patterson (D) and Michael Tannousis (R) – running in the upcoming 64th Assembly District race covering Bay Ridge and Staten Island in the general election on Nov. 3. 

How will you be spending Election Day?

Brandon Patterson
Michael Tannousis

Patterson: We’re going to be talking to residents about my vision for the district up until the polls close. Then I plan on watching the results come in with my family, team, and closest supporters who have been by my side throughout these last few months.

Tannousis: I plan on meeting as many voters as possible between now and Election Day.

Any last-minute campaigning in the upcoming weeks?

Patterson: We’ll stop campaigning 8:59 on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Tannousis: As I have done for the past few months, I’ll continue to knock on doors and bring my message to the residents of the district. 

Are you voting by absentee, vote early, or in-person on the day?

Patterson: My wife and I plan on beating the Election Day crowds and voting early. I’m encouraging everyone to take advantage of early voting and do the same.

Tannousis: Depending on my schedule, I will either vote early or on Election Day. 

Final thoughts on key issues, such as combatting the COVID-19 crisis and its impact in the district’s businesses, police reforms, or taxes and revenue?

Patterson: This district is still reeling from Sandy, and will be recovering from COVID for some time. I’ve helped businesses survive this pandemic and proposed policies that will raise revenue and get our state back on its feet. My opponent hasn’t made a single proposal on how we’re going to reopen small businesses safely, doesn’t have a job creation program proposal, hasn’t said how we’re going to raise revenue, and is afraid to debate. This district needs someone who’s going to stand up for them in this difficult time, and I’m ready to take those challenges on.

Tannousis: For the past few months, I’ve heard residents’ concerns regarding public safety, the crippling of our small businesses, and lack of tax relief. I am proud to have received the support of every NYPD union in this race and the National Federation of Independent Businesses. Most importantly, as a former prosecutor, the voters know that I will always have the backs of our men and women in blue.   

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