Michael McMahon

  • News

    September 15, 2010

    "Poor Man's Bermuda" in Staten Island? Not anymore

    For a century, 41 families have had a sweet deal on public land in Staten Island. But summer is finally over.

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    New York's House Democrats Do Teachers' Union Bidding, Face Obama Veto

    Every one of New York's 26 Democrats in the House voted for a budget amendment last week that President Obama had already threatened to veto. A New York Times editorial this morning blasted the amendment, which passed by a 239 to 182 vote, without even fingering the special interests that produced ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Vito Fossella Mulling a Comeback, Staten Island Republicans Say All Is Forgiven, Apparently

    ​Republicans may be feeling confident about their chances in the 2010 midterm elections, but you have to wonder about this kind of exuberance ... Not only has scandalized former Representative Vito Fossella been mulling a comeback, but the Staten Island Republican Committee is endorsing him, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Michael McMahon, Staten Island Democrat, Only NYC Congressman to Vote No on Health Care Bill

    Rep. McMahon​Only one New York City congressman, Michael McMahon of Staten Island and Brooklyn, voted 'no' on last night's historic health care reform bill, which passed with just a handful more votes than necessary. WNYC reports that McMahon "opposed an earlier House version of the bill and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2010

    Rudy Giuliani Is Too Worried About Bernie Kerik's Kids

    ​The latest installment of the dangling tabloid conversation between Bernie Kerik and former person who took his calls Rudy Giuliani is in the Staten Island Advance. In the course of an interview about his blowing off yesterday's scheduled City Hall Michael Grimm endorsement appearance, Americ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Rudy Giuliani Returns to City Hall to Campaign for Michael Grimm Against "Most Conservative" Dem Michael McMahon

    ​Staten Island Democratic congressman Michael McMahon is finding that no matter how hard he tacks to the right, he's still not safe from a conservative challenge. Rudolph Giuliani is coming to City Hall for the first time in years to endorse his Republican challenger Michael Grimm (pictured). ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    Voting Machine Smack-Down: Lobbyists Brawl

    The city Board of Elections -- the last unabashed stronghold of political patronage - is poised to award the ultimate political contract. On Tuesday the board's ten political appointees - one each from each party in each borough -- will choose between two giant election machine companies that, for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Why This Decade Sucked, Reason #10: Social Media Ruined the Internet

    ​ We will, in the closing days of this wretched decade, list the Top Ten reasons why it sucked, starting from the bottom. ​Remember back in the 90s, when you loved the internet? When you saw it through a child's eyes, and clapped with delight at dancing hamsters, cruddy Flash animation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2009

    Republican 'mob' war for McMahon's seat

    The Staten Island Republican primary to choose a candidate to compete for Vito Fossella's former seat, currently held by Democrat Michael McMahon, may take place between Michael Allegretti, the 31-year-old scion of a Bay Ridge family whose family business was investigated for ties to the Gambino fam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Quick hits

    Some folks are really unhappy about Brooklyn/Staten Island Democrat Michael McMahon's no vote on the health care bill. Some folks aren't. -- The city has made 700k WPA photos of New York addresses and another 800k of the same addresses taken in the 80s available for sale. -- A year after a bus d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    New York's Representatives in D.C. Stand United for Staten Island Toll Relief

    Never fear, Staten Island -- your votes are still important. New York's elected representatives in Washington are muscling through H.R. 3960, the Residential and Commuter Toll Fairness Act of 2009, which finds that some citizens are "forced to endure significant or undue toll burdens," and thereby ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Staten Island's McMahon Latest Dem to Endorse Bloomberg; Calls Him "Our Mr. October"

    ​Previously Brooklyn Beep Marty Markowitz, both former council speaker Peter Vallone Sr. and current councilman Peter Vallone Jr., and former Mayor Ed Koch had endorsed Mayor Bloomberg for reelection, and now Staten Island Democratic Representative Michael McMahon has joined them. McMahon is " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Staten Island Town Brawl Goes Pretty Much As You Would Expect

    Local tea party people warned in advance that Monday's Staten Island health care town brawl with Congressman Michael McMahon would be lively. And voila -- "Health care reform foes dominate meeting with Staten Island congressman," writes the Staten Island Advance. The peeps seem to have gone for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    Health Care Town Brawl (with Tea Partiers!) (on Staten Island!) Monday

    Hey, great: Health care town brawls are being revived -- and in Staten Island! "This is the kind of thing that the whole Tea Party movement is geared around," says Frank Santarpia, an organizer for the Staten Island Tea Party, about Monday's event, sponsored by Congressman Michael McMahon at the Pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Primary Culler: Council Rematch in Staten Island -- But What Will Gowda Do?

    The main event in Staten Island's 49th Council District is a rematch between six-month incumbent Kenneth Mitchell versus challenger Debi Rose (pictured). In the February special election to replace new Congressman Michael McMahon, Rose lost to Mitchell by only 342 votes. You don't get that close and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Staten Island Congressman Complains of Lack of Federal Money for Cops

    ​When it looked like the NYPD wasn't going to get any federal stimulus funds, everyone from the Governor on down was upset, so Obama relented and had Homeland Security scrape up $35 million for us. But when the big-money federal COPS Hiring Recovery Program (CHRP) grants came out in late July, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Rose Continues Quest to Be First Black Official on Staten Island

    As we like to point out, Staten Island is the only borough never to have elected a public official of color. But in the February special city council election to replace new Congressman Michael McMahon, Debi Rose came close, losing to Kenneth Mitchell by only 342 votes. The Democratic Primary for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2009

    Gillibrand Grabs More Way-Early Endorsements, Scares Off Stringer and Suozzi

    We guess it's a new trend, at least for Democratic officeholders whom Obama wants left alone: Since NARAL delivered their endorsement to Kirsten Gillibrand -- who isn't even running until 2010 -- she's been getting more early expression of support. Local Congresspeople Yvette Clark and Michael McMah ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Surprise! Mitchell Sworn In as New Staten Island Councilman

    You have to watch those Staten Islanders like a hawk. Turns out the recount in the Ken Mitchell-Debi Rose February 24 race to replace Michael McMahon on the city council was, without our notice, finished on March 7 -- showing Mitchell with a 342-vote lead. He was certified last week, and sworn in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Mitchell-Rose Special Election Recount Goes Very Slowly

    Shoot. We were all excited because today is recount day in the February 24 special election to replace new congressman Michael McMahon on the city council, in which Debi Rose and Kenneth Mitchell were thisclose. It's like opening up a fresh box of brand new democracy! But now the Advance tells us th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    Special Election Near-Tied, Goes Into Overtime (Updated)

    We told you your vote could make a difference: in one of three special elections held last night to fill vacated city council seats, Debi Rose (pictured) at this writing trails Kenneth Mitchell by just 34 votes -- 4,130 votes to 4,096 -- in the Brooklyn/Staten Island 39th CD race to replace state se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Special Elections, Paper Ballots Today

    Today's Brooklyn/Staten Island special city council election, to fill the vacated seat of Michael McMahon, has two late changes: first, the addition of John Tabacco to the ballot, as his candidacy was finally reinstated yesterday; and second, no voting machines -- they couldn't be altered in time to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Special Elections Tomorrow; Endorsements Roll In

    It's off-season politically, but tomorrow's special elections and the recent appointment of the Bronx borough president to the Obama Administration have stirred some endorsement activity. Debi Rose (pictured), who stands for Michael McMahon's vacated Brooklyn/Staten Island city council seat in tom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Candidates Removed, Endorsed in 3 Council Races

    The field competing for Michael McMahon's old city council seat, which he left to go to Congress, has grown smaller. Petition challenges have knocked off Thomas Curitore, Anthony Cosentino, and Rajiv Gowda, reports the Staten Island Advance. The board of elections will rule on John Tabacco's petitio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    Still More Elections Coming Soon

    We're not done with electoral politics yet. The last round of elections left a couple of positions vacant, and special elections are pending (uncalled yet, but expected in February). When Michael McMahon was elected to Congress, he left his city council seat open, and seven candidates -- -- or i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    Fossella Gets 5 Days for DUI, Is Free Pending Appeal

    It's strange to consider that Vito Fossella had people thinking as late as September that he might leap back into the 2008 race for his Congressional seat, long after he had been disgraced by a May drunk driving address which revealed he was, unbeknownst to his wife, maintaining a second family. Now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008
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    November 5, 2008

    Mopping Up: Local Election Results Mostly Expected

    There are still some undecided races out there. Al Franken is getting a recount in Minnesota. And Missouri, Indiana and North Carolina's electoral votes are not yet settled. But in New York most things were wrapped up early, and one thing that was quickly apparent was that the State Assembly and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008

    NY13 House Candidates Debate on Staten Island

    Last night's debate among Congressional candidates from the 13th District (mostly Staten Island) was liveblogged by the Staten Island Advance. Republican Bob Straniere and Democrat Michael McMahon were joined by "Independence candidate" (and disappointed GOP contender) Carmine Morano and Conservativ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2008

    More Hard Luck for Robert Straniere

    The Observer focuses on just how tough things are these days for Bob Straniere, former hot dog king, current Manhattan resident and GOP Congressional candidate for the Staten Island-based 13th District. The paper reports that so far, "none of the Republican elected officials on Staten Island have en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    Local Papers' Debate Coverage: Staten Island Advance Wins

    Post-debate polls generally had it for Obama (CBS: "Uncommitted Voters Say Obama Won Final Debate"; CNN: "Debate watchers say Obama wins"; Bloomberg: "Obama Keeps Advantage Over McCain in Post-Debate," etc). Local newspaper ran true to form in their headlines. The Times, typically bending over back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    Conservative Candidate Bails in NY-13

    After an avalanche of bad luck, Republican Bob Straniere catches a break: Paul Atanasio, the Conservative Party candidate for the 13th District Congressional seat Straniere wants, has quit, says the Staten Island Advance. Conservative as Democrat Michael McMahon is, Atanasio's candidacy was bound to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2008

    S.I. Republicans Desert Straniere

    On Tuesday Bob Straniere won the right to contest for Vito Fossella's congressional seat on the GOP line. He will probably look back on that campaign as the easiest leg of his race. The Staten Island Advance reports that James Molinaro, the Borough President of Staten Island (a large part of this co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    Primary: Silver Stays, Connor Out, Espada Beats Gonzalez, More

    Major endorsements, rape stories, and the alleged machinations of "Roy Odroso" couldn't put Paul Newell over the top. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver held the Democratic nomination in the 64th District with 68 percent of Tuesday's primary vote versus Newell's 23 and Luke Henry's 9. Other challenger ... More >>

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    August 20, 2008
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    August 18, 2008

    Times Endorses Less-Liberal Democrat in NY-13

    The New York Times doesn't always endorse the most liberal Democratic primary contender. Today the paper backed Michael E. McMahon for the Party's nomination to the House of Representatives in New York's 13th Congressional District, which includes Staten Island and part of Brooklyn. "As the only D ... More >>

  • News

    July 25, 2006

    Dumping on Everyone Else

    Trash plan relieves our neighborhoods, but west of the Hudson, it's just more of the same old garbage from New York City

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2006

    Campaign Cash: '09 No Shows

    City Councilman Tony Avella made the papers this week by being the only person so far to file with the city Campaign Finance Board as a 2009 mayoral candidate. Of course, Avella's $10,805 isn't really the only mayoral money on the table: Possible contenders like Comptroller William Thompson ($519,0 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2006

    Pricing the Pols: How Much for a Beep?

    It's likely that New York City might someday have a mayor who can't afford to turn down the $195,000 annual salary that municipal law awards for the job, which Mayor Bloomberg performs for only a dollar a year. Mayor Mike is clearly under-compensated. The question is: Would his full-salaried success ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2005

    Pro-Union Council Gives Labor Their Bill

    With organized labor pushing hard for the legislation, the city council voted today in favor of a bill narrowing restrictions on labor unions' contributions to political candidates. Passage of the bill marks the first time in the 17-year history of the city's Campaign Finance Board that a rule has b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2005

    Council Races: Big Bucks for a Lonely Fight

    Barely a fortnight before the September 13th primary, things are looking pretty good for City Councilmember David Weprin of Queens. The son of a late New York State Assembly speaker and chair of the powerful Council Finance Committee has the Working Families Party endorsement, has raised more than $ ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    June 4, 2002
  • News

    April 9, 2002

    Getting the Lead Out

    Will the City Council Finally Protect Kids From Toxic Paint?