As the stagehands clear the debris from the stage of the Second Act of "Staten Island Follies", the third act promises to be spectacular.
Waiting in the wings after disgraced Congressmen Vito Fossella and Michael Grimm stands Nicole Malliotakis, the NY Republican State Assemblywoman of Greek and Cuban ancestry (she's the first Hispanic lawmaker to represent Staten Island), is the pick of many to succeed the recently-convicted Congressman from Staten Island, who recently pleaded guilty to felony tax fraud.
"As someone who currently represents both Brooklyn and Staten Island, I have a thorough understanding of the needs of the district. I will be discussing it with my party leaders, county committee members, my supporters and my family, and will make a decision shortly", said Malliotakis on Monday night.
The word is welcome to many grassroot Republicans who had hope that any support for the disgraced Grimm in his successful re-election bid over hapless Democrat Domenic Recchia would simply "keep the seat warm" for fellow Republican Malliotakis while waiting for the proverbial chips to fall where they may.