The Independent Party of Staten Island as well as the Reform Party of New York announced that they will be backing Representative Daniel Donovan as his third and fourth endorsements.
Chairman of New York Reform Party Curtis Silwa said, “Dan Donovan is the rare combination of an effective leader who governs with integrity and gets results. Whether it’s his work on behalf of law enforcement, our Sandy victims, or the overburdened taxpayer, Dan has distinguished himself as a true representative of our community who stands up and fights for what’s right.”
In a statement, Avi Gvili said, “The Richmond County Independence Party is proud to endorse Dan Donovan as a pragmatic voice in behalf of the people of Staten Island and South Brooklyn.”
On February 14, the chairman of the New York State Conservative Party announced that his party would support Donovan, and then on February 21 the Staten Island GOP gave Donovan his endorsement.
Meanwhile, last Monday, Michael DeCillis announced his withdrawal from the seven-way Democratic primary race for the congressional seat for Staten Island and South Brooklyn.
The surplus of candidate as well as the early interest of the National Democrats in the district race were cited by the teacher and retired NYPD officer as his motivations for withdrawing his candidacy.
In a statement, DeCillis, a resident of Bay Ridge, said, “The uniqueness of the seven-way primary this year, and early intervention of the DCCC into the race has prevented me from running the campaign I wished to run, and the campaign this district truly deserves.”
Six Democrats remain in the race, now that DeCillis is out. The remaining Democratic candidates are: bond trader and Tompkinsville resident Zach Emig, marine veteran who works with at-risk youth Michael DeVito Jr., long-time member of Staten Island community and Democratic groups Radhakrishna Mohan; Saint George resident Rose, 25-year-old Tottenville resident and real estate agent Paul Sperling, and former Bay Ridge resident Omar Vaid.
June 26 is the date scheduled for the Democratic primary.
By Rebecca Gold