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Michael was born and raised in the Bronx and has been a resident of Yonkers for the last thirty-five years. He was elected to the City Council in November 2011. He has served as the Minority Leader. In January 2018 he became the Majority Leader and now chairs the Budget & Finance Committee and the Education Committee. Before Michael was elected to the Council, he served as the Education Chair of the Human Rights Commission for the City of Yonkers. 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 has been an advocate for Human Rights and LGBT rights. He was a litigant in a Marriage Equality case that brought Marriage recognition to NYS. His first piece of legislation was for zero-tolerance for workplace bullying. He is a graduate of 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 a 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 departed from that company in 2015. He has now returned to teaching part-time at a professional medical career school, Big Apple Training in White Plains.
He was married in 2003 to Robert Voorheis with whom he has been in a committed relationship since 1978. Robert and Michael were at the forefront of the marriage equality movement and the record of their battles is now officially archived in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.