Pirozzolo gained national notoriety after hiring a local artist to create the 12-foot-high letter T, emblazoned with stars and stripes, which turned into a lightning rod as the race between Trump and Hillary Clinton heated up.
An unknown arsonist burned down the capital letter in August 2016.
Optician Sees a Need
nyc/_components/paragraph/instances/ck2dwe844001k3a5xubglh8w8@published” data-editable=”text” class=”paragraph”>Now the 55-year-old optician, who has a shop in Astoria, Queens, wants to join Trump in assuming political power. The Castleton Corners resident says his race is about “bringing common sense, not nonsense, back to city politics.
Rattling off his priorities, he says: “I’m in favor of lower taxes.
I’m in favor of lower unemployment.”
He campaigned unsuccessfully against Assemblymember Michael Cusick (D-Staten Island) in 2012, garnering about 40% of the vote in the general election.
Also seeking GOP voters’ support for a 2021 primary is George Wonica, a realtor and registered Conservative who plans to run for both the Conservative and Republican ballot lines.
“Primaries are healthy.”
nyc/_components/paragraph/instances/ck2dwe84b001t3a5xegn9xqkt@published” data-editable=”text” class=”paragraph”>“T” also happens to be Pirrozolo’s middle initial, for Thomas — and sure enough, an image of his iconic red, white and blue lawn sign features prominently on his website and in campaign literature.
nyc/_components/paragraph/instances/ck2dwe84b001u3a5xj66r8hjf@published” data-editable=”text” class=”paragraph”>“This man has just done tremendous things,” he said of the president. “Staten Island was pro-Trump, so it would be foolish for anybody to think that opposing Trump in a Republican run for office is the way to go.
He’s opposed to politicians receiving pensions and pondered whether Gracie Mansion would be better used as a homeless shelter.
nyc/_components/paragraph/instances/ck2dwe84c001w3a5x9rfqijma@published” data-editable=”text” class=”paragraph”>He railed against Council attempts to rein in single-use plastic straws, and said the city has slid back in dealing with homelessnes. As for the mayor, Pirozzolo sees de Blasio as too hostile to the NYPD and too cozy with the United Federation of Teachers.
At the CEC, he called for buzzer entry systems at the main entrance of all public schools and successfully petitioned the city Education Department to put gifted-and-talented classes in Staten Island middle schools.
A ‘Feeling of Community’
State of New York, which challenges teacher tenure laws; and New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights v. State of New York, which seeks to compel the state to release additional funds to New York City schools.
The small business owner said he wants to bring “kitchen table” issues back to city politics, such as paving roads, expanding transportation options and reducing property taxes.
He’s already advertising a local phone number where he takes calls from voters directly.
nyc/_components/paragraph/instances/ck2dwe84f00233a5xq7owyruh@published” data-editable=”text” class=”paragraph”>“I want Staten Island to remain a nice place to live for my children and my grandchildren,” said Pirozzolo, a lifelong Staten Islander. “I want to preserve that special feeling of community.
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