|Name||Michael J. Cusick|
|Address||260 London Rd |
Staten Island, New York , United States
|| February 21, 1969
Jan 16, 2019 01:30am
Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Gun control - Pro-Life -
|Info||A lifelong resident of Staten Island, Michael J. Cusick came to the Assembly with valuable experience at all levels of government. Prior to his election, Cusick served as Director of Constituent Services for U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. His duties included serving as Senator Schumer’s liaison to New York State elected officials, as well as various federal agencies. In addition, he managed the day-to-day operation of the senator’s New York City office. |
Previously, Cusick served as the Chief of Staff to former Staten Island Assemblyman Eric N. Vitaliano, managing staff and overseeing the assemblyman’s Albany and Staten Island offices. He was instrumental in researching and developing statewide legislation, including the law to close the Fresh Kills Landfill. Cusick was also Vitaliano’s representative to local and statewide civic, professional, and union organizations on legislative and community issues.
Shortly after graduating from Villanova University in 1991, Cusick began his career in public service as a Special Assistant to former President of the City Council, Andrew J. Stein. He served as the office representative for the Borough of Staten Island and worked on issues regarding incineration and waste management alternatives.
An active member of many civic organizations, Cusick has served on the Staten Island Board of Directors of the Catholic Youth Organization and the Boy Scouts of America. He served as Staten Island Chapter President of the Villanova Alumni Association, and is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, John D. Kearney Division 3, as well as the Staten Island Athletic Club. He also chairs the Handicapped Parking Task Force on Staten Island working with community groups to address the parking concerns disabled individuals face.
Cusick’s outstanding work in the community has brought him honors from the Seaview Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of Staten Island and is an honorary member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 120, Richmond Engine #1 and the Oceanic Hook and Ladder Co. #1.
In Albany, Assemblyman Cusick has been a member of the American Irish Legislators Society of New York State since 2003 and was elected Treasurer of the organization in 2007.
Since his election in the fall of 2002, Cusick has worked to improve the quality of life for all Staten Islanders. In 2003, he authored a law creating a moratorium on building that made the Mid-Island Blue Belt a reality (Chapter 84 of 2003). In an effort to curb runaway development, Cusick authored legislation requiring notice to neighboring landowners of an application to build on wetland areas. He also sponsored legislation assuring that Staten Island will never again be responsible for the rest of New York City’s waste.
A firm believer in giving our children the best education possible, Cusick has fought to ensure that Staten Island schools receive their fair share in educational resources. In 2006, he helped pass a budget that provided the largest increase in school aid the city has ever seen – more than $500 million dollars over the previous year – and also a down payment of $1.8 billion to renovate and expand city schools in an effort to provide our children with the finest learning environment possible. In the 2007 state budget, Assemblyman Cusick worked with his colleagues to include in the final budget an initiative to prepare a Contract for Excellence that must include a plan to reduce average class sizes within five years for all New York City schools. This budget also included significant funding increases for Higher Education providing college students with improved resources they need to succeed.
Assemblyman Cusick also has worked to combat the rising cost of living on Staten Island. In 2005, he sponsored legislation that allowed New York City to eliminate its share of the sales tax on clothing and footwear (Chapter 285 of 2005). In 2006, he fought for a budget that eliminated the tax statewide.