NY City Council 50th District (Mid-Island)
Sal was born in Calabria, Italy, and immigrated to Brooklyn at the age of eight. He graduated from John Jay High School, received his B.A. in Education from CUNY’s York College, earned an M.A. in Health Science from NYU, and went on to get his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1990. Sal was a New York City public school teacher for 11 and, in 1982, at the urging of community residents, he ran for City Council in Brooklyn. He defeated a 21-year incumbent and was widely recognized as independent and effective and was re-elected four times.
Sal was a candidate for Mayor in 2013 & 2017 because he was concerned about the possibility of a Bill deBlasio Mayoralty and has been a vocal critic of the Mayor. In 2019, he served as a Commissioner on the Charter Revision Commission. As a Commissioner he championed a series of anti-corruption measures that were adopted. Sal also came a few votes close to passing nonpartisan elections in NYC, which would increase voter turnout, and empower the vast number of growing independent voters.
Sal lives in the New Dorp section of Staten Island with his wife of 48 years, Lorraine. They moved to Staten Island four years ago when their two daughters and their husbands purchased homes on the Island. Sal and Lorraine have four grandchildren.
NY City Council 51st District (South Shore)
Olivia Drabczyk was raised in Great Kills where she currently lives with her mother, father, sister and son, Henry. She is a proud union member and public high school special education teacher. She is a graduate of PS 32, IS 24, and Staten Island Technical HS. She earned her Bachelor’s in Applied Psychology and Counseling from Pace University and a Master’s degree in Inclusive Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Olivia is a Fulbright Award winner and member of Phi Sigma Sigma International Sorority. She is an avid traveler, reader, and hiker.
Olivia was raised on Reina and grandma slices. Olivia owes who she is as a mother, as an educator, and as a woman in large part to Staten Island and its people. She’s overjoyed to be raising her son on the trails of Blue Heron and Clay Pit Pond Parks, alongside harbor seals at Mt Loretto, and in a running stroller on the New Springville Greenway surrounded by loving family, friends, and neighbors.
2020 Endorsed Elected Officials
New York State Assembly
Mike represents New York State's 63rd Assembly's District. He is the current Chair of the Staten Island Democratic Party and has served in the Assembly since 2003.
New York State Senate
Diane represents New York's 23rd Senate District in the State Senate, in northern Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn, including Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Bath Beach, Brighton Beach, and Coney Island and serves as Chair of Committee on Internet and Technology.
New York State Assembly
Charles is the first African American and Muslim elected to state office from Staten Island. He represents New York State's 61st Assembly's District, the North Shore of Staten Island and was elected in 2019.