Michael began his legal career in public service in 2006 when he was hired as an aide to former New York City Council Minority Leader James Oddo. After graduating law school, he became an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted major felony offenses. In 2016, Michael was hired to a similar role in the Richmond County District Attorney’s office. During his tenure at the Richmond County DA’s office, he successfully prosecuted serious felony cases involving violent crimes and drug sales. Two of his highest profile cases included the conviction after trial of a double murder in Dongan Hills and the successful retrial of the infamous Ramada Inn murders. Michael has also served as Counsel to City Council Member Joseph Borelli.
As an experienced prosecutor, Michael seeks to use his expertise to vigorously represent and prioritize protecting the rights of his clients.
Michael is a lifelong Staten Islander and is the son of Greek immigrants who came to America to seek a better life after being displaced by armed conflict in Cyprus. He is a graduate of Public School 23, Intermediate School 24, and Monsignor Farrell High School. He earned an undergraduate degree from SUNY Binghamton and his Juris Doctor from Pace Law School. Proud of his Greek and Cypriot community roots, Michael previously served as a board member of the Cyprus-US Chamber of Commerce and was a delegate for the Cyprus Federation of America. Michael was honored with the Cypress Young Professional Award by the Cypress-US Chamber of Commerce.
Michael Tannousis was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 3, 2020. His district represents parts of Southern Brooklyn and the East Shore of Staten Island.
Michael currently resides in the Great Kills neighborhood with his wife, Anna, and their morkie, Alex.