Meet the Former NYPD Detective Hoping to Replace George Santos

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The bids to oust Congressman George Santos have begun to take shape, and although a winner won’t emerge until November 2024, one new name to politics is hoping to stand out in front of the pack. Mike Sapraicone is a retired NYPD detective and Oyster Bay resident who is hoping to secure the GOP bid to replace the disgraced congressman. Sapraicone, who formally declared himself a candidate on Monday, appeared on 710 WOR’s Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning program to explain why he believes he would be the most attractive alternative to voters in New York’s 3rd District.

“I think it’s about time we started listening to our constituents, listening to people, and listening to what their needs are and what their problems are,” Sapraicone told Berman and Riedel. “We have no representation since the beginning of the year in District Three because our congressman is actually, he’s on TV all the time, or in court, actually lost to the district, and we have no one to talk to, no one to represent us.”

Addressing the growing crime problem is part of Sapraicone’s platform. “You hear about crime, public safety, you know. The city is terrible. I was part of that Bratton-Giuliani time in the 90’s, when we had broken windows. I’m not saying that’s the way to go back now, but we need to find a way to make people accountable for what they’re doing and make the subways safer, make the city safter, make it a better commute from the Long Island Railroad for us to come in from our district.”

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