Thomas P. Sullivan Biography
Thomas Sullivan is the Republican and Conservative Party candidate for New York States 23rd Assembly District.
Thomas is a proven leader who has helped businesses, the military, and his community successfully navigate through crises. For almost three decades, he has simultaneously pursued a business career while backing his commitment to serving his country and his community with impactful action. He will use his experience as a small business owner, financial services professional, military veteran, and community leader to reduce crime, lower taxes, to reduce wasteful spending, and fight tirelessly to represent the people of this district.
One of seven sons of a retired New York City police detective and a community volunteer, Thomas grew up working in the family’s restaurant in Brooklyn. He eventually opened a restaurant where he employed 15-20 people. Thomas also handles all matters related to taxes, banking, insurance, licensing, legal matters and bill payments of an 84 year old family business. Thomas has a deep knowledge and personal understanding of the struggles of small business owners and the impact that high taxes and burdensome regulations pose to their success.
With almost three decades of experience in the financial services field, Thomas is as comfortable working with federal and state regulators as he is with business owners and families planning for their future. He has been on the front lines in helping his employers respond to crises ranging from the devastating loss of 107 office mates and colleagues on September 11 to the challenges facing his clients during the nation’s financial crisis in 2007-2008. Thomas will work to address the high taxes and quality of life issues that his clients and our neighbors say could drive them out of New York.
Thomas is a 30-year military veteran who has been responsible for the “Good Order and Discipline,” and welfare of as many as 7,300 soldiers and civilian employees. He has commanded Soldiers at the detachment, company, battalion, and brigade echelons during three combat deployments. He currently serves as Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and is currently serving as the Deputy Commanding Officer at the 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command Headquartered in Des Moines, IA
Thomas served on the board of directors of the Breezy Point Cooperative when fires and flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy destroyed more than 350 homes and damaged countless others. He and other members of the board worked with federal, state, and city officials, emergency responders, a wide range of non-profit organizations, and community residents to lead the rebuilding and recovery of the neighborhood of over 2,800 homes.
He received his college degree and MBA from Mount Saint Mary’s University where he taught as an assistant professor of military science for the ROTC Program. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA where he earned Masters in Military Strategic Studies
Thomas has been married to his wife Debbie for twenty three years. They live with their three children in Breezy Point, NY.