Staten Island Advance
updated August 31, 2015 at 11:37 AM


Police union endorses Michael McMahon for district attorney

By Rachel Shapiro | rshapiro@siadvance.com 

Staten Island Advance/Rachel Shapiro
Michael McMahon stands with PBA President Patrick Lynch in receiving an endorsement on Monday morning in St. George. 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Democrat Michael McMahon has the backing of a powerful police union in the district attorney's race against Republican Joan Illuzzi.

The candidate stood with Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch and other union members on the steps of Borough Hall in St. George and received the endorsement Monday morning.

Lynch said the political action committee "went through a rigorous process" in interviewing both candidates before deciding to endorse McMahon, whom they also backed in his congressional races.

"Those delegates and members made the decision that Mike McMahon is the person with the experience, that we've dealt with, that can work the inner workings of city government," Lynch said. "He has experience in the courts and will be the person that's best suited for district attorney in this borough."

McMahon said the endorsement means a lot because so many NYPD officers are Staten Islanders.

"We know that Staten Island and New York Police Department are almost one and the same, so I'm honored to receive this endorsement today," he said.