Paul Saryian

In my 53 years, I have learned a lot, and I plan to use my experience to further the interests and quality of life here on Staten Island – the place I have called home for over 40 years.

At the age of 15, during my sophomore year at Susan E. Wagner High School, I was a fledgling entrepreneur and ran several Nostalgia Conventions. These immensely successful events were held in Manhattan, attended by thousands, and received nationwide media coverage.

In 1977, I graduated from Susan E. Wagner High School and attended Pace University.

For 5 years I worked on Wall Street in the New York Commodities Exchange.

On January 4, 1984 I was sworn in as a New York City police officer. I took this job because it was where I believed I could make a difference in my community.

I attended John Jay College, while working full time with the NYPD, and completed my bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 1990. I was placed on the Dean’s List and graduated Summa Cum Laude.

In 1986, I purchased and drove an ice cream truck as a part-time job. By 1999, I owned one of the largest ice cream distribution companies in Staten Island. I sold the business that year to concentrate on advancing my police career.

In 2004, during a leave from the NYPD, I voluntarily worked in Iraq as a police liaison officer. My mission was to recruit and train Iraqi police officers in methods of fighting terrorism. Danger was an inseparable part of my daily routine, but after having worked at “911 Ground Zero” for one month following the terrorist attacks on our soil, I was more than honored to continue the fight against terrorism no matter where it took me.

On January 10, 2005 I was sworn in to the NYPD for a second time in my career and promoted to the rank of captain on May 27, 2005.

During my 24 years of public service, I worked in some of the most challenging neighborhoods in New York City, and I am most pleased to say that every precinct I ever worked in I left a much safer and better community to live in!

In 2008, I felt I had done my part to make a difference and I retired from the NYPD.

In the past four years, I have worked as a security supervisor and a Census Bureau Field Operations Manager. I also volunteered with Meals on Wheels and taught English as a second language.

As a result of my career in public service along with my time spent as a young entrepreneur and having three children, I consider myself to have grown into a better and more complete person today than ever before.

Above all, I know, firsthand, the value of democracy, life, and freedom.

Now, I want to bring my values, experience and accomplishments to politics in Albany. That’s why I am running for State Assembly.

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