"It's not about saying the right thing. It's about doing the right thing, and I've spent a lifetime proving that."
Mike DeCillis in the classroom I'm moved and motivated by the people I meet daily throughout Staten Island and Brooklyn, who share serious common concerns about the direction we are headed as a nation, and how we are all personally affected-our schools, our healthcare, our jobs, our taxes, our civil rights. We need someone who will actually listen to the people in our district, and provide a clear voice in Washington. This is why I am running for Congress.

Born and raised on Staten Island, I grew up in the same neighborhoods that my grandparents and great-grandparents worked and lived for over a century. My parents, both teachers, instilled in me the drive to serve my community.

I have spent over 25 years in public service, working as a paramedic, New York City police officer, attorney, and teacher. My experience leaves me uniquely qualified to take on the issues that matter most to our district.

Mike DeCillis serving on the NYPD

It's not about saying the right things, it's about doing the right things, and I've spent a lifetime proving that. As a 9/11 first responder, I saw firsthand the terror that befell us all, and committed myself to the safety and security of our city. As a New York City police officer, I worked to build lasting relationships that promoted real communication between the department and the communities I served.

Mike DeCillis working as a paramedic

As a civil litigation attorney, I studied our laws and our Constitution and recognize the fragility of our democracy, and how we need true leadership to ensure that the rights of all people are respected and enforced.

As a special education teacher, I work with students on the autism spectrum in District 75 schools, committed to ensuring all students, regardless of ability or disability, access meaningful, quality public education without restrictions.

As a proud member of the Police Benevolence Association and the United Federation of Teachers, I stand with the men and women in our unions as we fight the onslaught of right-to-work legislation, outsourcing, dangerous workplace conditions, and the stripping away of our pensions.

And as a parent, I work tirelessly to ensure that my children have every opportunity to grow and thrive in the greatest city in the world.

The DeCillis family

This district is my home. I'm from here, I live here, and I care deeply about how my family, friends and neighbors are affected by events in Washington. I will answer only to the people of the 11th Congressional district, not special interests, not party leadership.

We have an opportunity for the first time in a generation to change course in our district, and take control of the issues that affect us most.

If elected as your member of Congress I will fight for your family, as hard as I have fought my entire life for the communities I've served to ensure you have the best opportunities to earn a good living, take care of sick loved ones, have your children receive the best education possible, and retire with dignity.