From The Queens Gazette: Last Saturday, Queens Republicans selected their candidate to oppose Gianaris and their choice was Tony Arcabascio, formerly of Astoria but now living in Jackson Heights. Arcabascio is not a Republican officially, he’s a registered Independent, as far as party affiliation is concerned.
But the important thing is that he will have the Republican line on the ballot, and hopefully, the Conservative Party line also in November opposite Gianaris.
Queens Republican Chairman Phil Ragusa said he was pleased with the choice because Arcabascio “has the independence and commitment to represent this Northwestern Queens district with integrity and intelligence.”
Queens GOP Law Chairman Vince Tabone, Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa, Anthony Arcabascio and family, following Queens County Republican Party screening interview and unanimous recommendation for endorsement. Arcabascio stated after receiving the organization’s support and designation:
“As an Independent I am really honored that the Republican Party will support me for state senate and agrees with my focus on jump starting the economy, creating jobs, improving schools and health care and reforming government to make it more transparent and accountable. I agree with Chairman Ragusa that Queens residents are tired of the relentless partisanship of my opponent and will be looking for practical solutions to the challenges we face.”