|Name||Michael E. McMahon|
Staten Island, New York , United States
|| September 12, 1957
Jun 01, 2010 06:04pm
|Info||Since January 1, 2002, Council Member Michael E. McMahon has represented the North Shore of Staten Island. Before joining the New York City Council he served as an Aide to Assembly member Eric N. Vitaliano (and now Federal Justice for the Southern District, New York) and Assembly Member Elizabeth Connelly and Councilman Jerome X. O'Donovan, whom he was elected to succeed on November 6, 2001. In November of 2003 and 2005, he was overwhelmingly re-elected. |
McMahon is the Chairman of the Council's Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management. He has been a leader in the fight for environmental and conservation issues in NYC. These include keeping the Fresh Kills Dump closed; saving, restoring and expanding recycling in New York City to include electronic waste and rechargeable batteries. McMahon has also worked with the administration in developing a long-term solid waste plan, which was recently passed by New York State Legislature. He has also been an advocate and supporter of the Staten Island Borough Presidents plan for harnessing wind as a source of alternative energy and was strong force in the fight to place the power plant in neighborhood of Rosebank. McMahon has also pushed the dialogue to look at long-term solutions to land filling. His environmental record has earned him the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters. In his district, McMahon has been a leading voice in the battle over unplanned development and a lack of city services. He helped spearhead the 2003 Staten Island down-zoning and promotes smart growth.
No one has done more than McMahon to improve the Staten Island Schools. He has provided technology including internet upgrades in the schools and air conditioning upgrades for IS 51 and IS 49. As the lead sponsor on the bill, McMahon ensured that a nurse is in every school public, private and parochial, and was recognized by the archdiocese for his efforts. McMahon has provided funds for recreation and after school programs, built new playgrounds at PS 30 45, 14, 44 and added new schools seats with the additions built for PS 14 and PS44, a brand new k-8 school in Graniteville and the new early childhood learning center at the old PS 15 in Tompkinsville. These are just a few examples, as McMahon has brought capital money to every school in his district.
In addition to the improvements in the schools McMahon is also a supporter of local community youth sports, recreation and community services. He provides funding for the Unity Games, Rising Stars Basketball league, Choice not Chance Recreation league, the Staten Island Hurricanes Football league, the Staten Island Recreation Association, Westerleigh Little Guys and Gals League, Snug Harbor Little League, New York City Junior Golf Club League, Mid Island Little League, West Shore Little League, Staten Island Youth Soccer League, the Boy Scouts of America and the Learning for Life Program.
McMahon also recognized the importance of libraries to local communities. He has helped open St. George, Todt Hill and New Dorp libraries to seven days a week and all other libraries on the Island to six days a week In addition, he has provided funding and leadership on the development of the Mariners Harbor / Arlington Library branch, and the expansion of the Stapleton Library Branch.
The commuters of Staten Island are the backbone of our society and McMahon has also worked hard to make their commute easier. He has kept the Staten Island Ferry free while increasing night and weekend service and overseeing the construction of the two new ferry terminals. He has fought for increased express bus service. He also was successful in taking 100,000 trucks a year off the Staten Island road network by supporting the reactivation of the Arthur Kill Lift Bridge and the Fresh Kills Sanitation waste Transfer Station.
Community Health, Recreation and Safety have also been a priority of McMahonâ€™s. He has worked to open a free Community Health Clinic on Port Richmond Avenue, expand the Child Health Clinic in Mariner's Harbor and refurbish the Stapleton Child Health Clinic. New parks will be opened n New Brighton, West Brighton, St. George, Mariner's Harbor and Tompkinsville and Tappan Park are being redeveloped. McMahon also convenes a council of ministers and reverends to discuss issues and educate police on ongoing community activities and keeps dialogue open between different neighborhoods. He has worked to develop the new 120 police precinct and central booking station in Stapleton; the New 121 police precinct to Graniteville across from Shoprite on Richmond Avenue.
McMahon has also stood up for uniformed services by fighting lay offs for sanitation workers, supplying better equipment for our first responders. He has also sponsored a legislative bill for the 9/11 workers and has fought to maintain the Veterans pensions for city workers.
McMahon has also focused on the positive diversity of Staten Island with his â€œWe are Oneâ€ campaign and regularly honors the services of our Veterans.
McMahon is a partner in the law firm of O'Leary, McMahon and Spero. He is a member of Division 3 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He is the head of the Friends of Alison Pond Park and was the NYC Parks Department Volunteer of the Month in May of 1998. In May 2008, he received the Good Scout Award of the Staten Island Council, Boy scouts of America. He is married to Judith Novellino McMahon, acting Justice of the Supreme Court. They have two children, Joseph and Julia.