A New York State Assemblyman since 2003, Mike Cusick graduated from Villanova University in 1991 and immediately began his career in politics. Prior to serving as Assemblyman for District 63, Mike worked as Director of Constituent Service for U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. He was also Chief of Staff to former Staten Island Assemblyman Eric N. Vitaliano. He has also served as Special Assistant to former President of the City Council Andrew J. Stein, and was the office representative for the Borough of Staten Island.
An active member of many civic organizations, Assemblyman Cusick has served on the Staten Island Board of Directors of the Catholic Youth Organization and the Boy Scouts of America. He was the Staten Island Chapter President of the Villanova Alumni Association, and is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, John D. Kearney Division 3. A long-time member of the Staten Island Athletic Club, he has been an avid runner since his days at Farrell, and a vocal supporter of track and field on all levels. He was a driving force in the movement to build a state of the art indoor track and field facility to Staten Island. He also chairs the Handicapped Parking Task Force on Staten Island, working with community groups to address the parking concerns faced by disabled individuals.
A tireless advocate for his hometown, Mike has labored on behalf of Pouch Camp, a New York City Boy Scout sanctuary. He continues his efforts for this venerable Staten Island institution.
In 2008, Assemblyman Cusick created a program called the “Total Fitness Challenge” which encourages Staten Island students from grades pre-kindergarten through 8th grade to read and exercise during their summer break. A tireless advocate against childhood obesity, he challenges children to keep track of their activities and turn their score cards in upon returning to school.
Assemblyman Cusick was elected Chair of the Assembly Election Law Committee in 2011. He also sits on the Transportation, Higher Education, Veterans’ Affairs, Mental Health, Steering, and Ways and Means Committees. In addition, he chairs the Legislative Task Force on People with Disabilities.
Mike resides in the Silver Lake section of Staten Island.