Joe Giarrusso, a Temple Sinai member and native New Orleanian, emerged victorious in the New Orleans City Council District A race earlier this month.
According to The Advocate, Giarrusso won 65% of the vote, beating five opponents to replace City Councilwoman Susan Guidry. This will be his first time in public office.
As councilman, Giarrusso’s main priority is ensuring the deliverability of public services for safer streets, efficient flooding response, and a strong economy.
“At the grassroots and neighborhood level, people in District A constantly talked about police visibility, the quality of the streets, and issues with infrastructure, particularly lack of responsiveness from Sewage and Water Board…addressing these problems must be the first priority of government,” Giarrusso says.
Giarrusso’s previous leadership experience includes serving as the president of the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lakeview Crime Prevention District. He has also served as President of the Young Leadership Council and Board Chair of KIPP New Orleans, and was on the board of the Bureau of Governmental Research, an independent research organization dedicated to informed public policy making and the effective use of public resources for the improvement of government in the New Orleans metropolitan area. Giarrusso is currently a partner at the law firm Liskow & Lewis.
Giarrusso comes from a long line of public servants. His mother, Robin M. Giarrusso, is an Orleans Parish Civil District judge, as well as the president of Temple Sinai. His father, the late Joe Giarrusso, Jr., was a Criminal District Court magistrate. Other relatives in public service include his grandfather, a New Orleans Police Chief and City Councilman, an uncle who served as Police Chief and Juvenile Court Judge, and a cousin who was the first Jewish mayor of Toronto.