Michael was born and raised in the Bronx and has been a resident of Yonkers for the last thirty years. He most recently served as the Education Chair of the Human Rights Commission for the City of Yonkers until his election to the City Council in Nov 2011. He is one of the founding members of the Yonkers Committee for Smart development and the River Community Coalition of Yonkers. He has been involved in many grassroots activities in the community, including being part of efforts to landmark an historic home in his neighborhood. He served as Sr. Warden at his Church, Zion Episcopal from 2007-2011, where in the last 16 months of his term he was acting administrator while a search for a new priest was ongoing.
He received his early education at St. Raymond Grammar and High School in the Bronx. He graduated from St. John’s University with a BS in Medical Technology and from Long Island University with MS in Medical Biology. His early career was spent working as a hospital laboratory technologist, pharmaceutical researcher, and teacher. In 1993 he became one of the principals in LEAP Technologies, a company that sells robotic instruments to scientific and research laboratories. He is currently the Director of Channel Sales and serves on their Board of Directors.
He was married in 2003 to Robert Voorheis with whom he has been in a committed relationship since 1978.