Matthew Titone

Matthew Titone
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 61st district
Assumed office
March 2007
Preceded by John W. Lavelle
Personal details
Born January 24, 1961 (1961-01-24) (age 50)[1]
Staten Island, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Giosue Pugliese
Residence Staten Island
Alma mater St. John's University School of Law
Profession lawyer, politician
Website Official website

Matthew J. Titone (born January 24, 1961)[1] is an American politician and lawyer from Staten Island, New York. A Democrat, he serves as a member of the New York State Assembly from the 61st District, on Staten Island's North Shore.


Early life, education, career

Titone was born on Staten Island, the son of Vito J. Titone, a former judge of the New York State Court of Appeals. Titone was raised in the Grymes Hill and West Brighton neighborhoods. He went on to attend St. John's University School of Law, while working full time as a law clerk for the late John S. Zachary.[2]

After being admitted to the New York State Bar Association in 1992, Titone worked pro bono for the Staten Island AIDS Task Force and Project Hospitality. In 1993, he joined the Wall Street law firm of Morgan, Melhuish, Monahan, Arvidson, Abrutyn & Lisowski, where he was a senior trial associate and managed the firm's labor law litigation department. In 1998, he established a private law practice on Staten Island.[2]

Titone garnered national attention when he took on the New York State adoption industry representing a family who adopted a baby boy. The family was never informed by the adoption agency that the child was born with the AIDS virus and resulted in the child being untreated for his illness for eleven years after the adoption was completed.[3] Not only did Titone provide legal support and guidance for the family, he also helped the young man establish the Justin LiGreci HIV/AIDS Foundation for Children and Teens, a not for profit organization that provides educational services to the youth of Staten Island and New York metropolitan area.[3]

Political career

Titone was the Democratic nominee for the New York State Senate in 2006, losing the 24th District race to Republican Andrew Lanza.[4]

Following the death of Assemblyman John Lavelle in January 2007, Titone was selected as the Democratic nominee for the special election held to fill the vacancy.[5] On the third ballot of Democratic committee members, Daniel Lavelle, son of the late assembly member, dropped out and Titone was unopposed.[5] Titone was backed by City Councilman Mike McMahon, whose support was crucial.[5][6] Mimi Cusick, mother of assembly member Mike Cusick and "mother of the party," also endorsed Titone's candidacy.[6]

In the election held on March 27, 2007 he received 49% of the vote in a three-way contest to succeed Lavelle, comfortably defeating his Republican and Independence party opponents who won 32% and 19% respectively.[7] He was re-elected in 2008 and 2010.


Titone is openly gay and married his partner of 18 years, Giosue Pugliese, in a ceremony at Staten Island Borough Hall in September 2011, shortly after same-sex marriage was legalized in New York State.[8] He is one of six LGBT members of the New York Legislature, alongside Assemblymembers Deborah Glick, Daniel O'Donnell, Micah Kellner and Harry Bronson, as well as Senator Thomas Duane.[9] His assembly campaigns have won the support of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which provides financial and strategic assistance.

Election results

Andrew J. Lanza (REP - IND) ... 34,160
Matthew J. Titone (DEM - WOR) ... 23,074
Charles T. Pistor, Jr. (CON) ... 2,307
  • March 2007 special election, NYS Assembly, 61st AD[11]
Matthew Titone (DEM - WOR) ... 3,088
Rose Margarella (REP - CON) ... 1,934
Kelvin Alexander (IND) ... 1,160
Matthew J. Titone (DEM - WOR) ... 25,974
Thomas W. McGinley (REP) ... 8,578
Rose Margarella (IND) ... 985
Matthew J. Titone (DEM - IND - WOR) ... 19,881
Dave Narby (LBT) ... 1,494


  1. ^ a b "State Assembly: Matthew Titone (D-WF), District 61". Capitol Info. Archived from the original on April 5, 2011. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Assembly District 61, Matthew Titone: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Lii, Jane H. (February 8, 1998). "Lawsuit Against a Hospital Over an Adopted Boy's H.I.V. Is Seen as a First". The New York Times. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Board of Elections in the City of New York: 24th Senate District, 2006 general election". November 7, 2006. 
  5. ^ a b c Wrobleski, Tom. "Dems select Titone as Assembly candidate". Staten Island Advance. February 28, 2007.
  6. ^ a b Wrobleski, Tom. "McMahon flexes his muscle and ally Titone gets the nod". Staten Island Advance. March 1, 2007.
  7. ^ Gay City News[dead link]
  8. ^ "Assemblyman Titone weds his longtime partner in Borough Hall ceremony". Staten Island Advance. September 14, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Matt Titone May Go to Assembly". Gay City News. [dead link]
  10. ^ "General Election Results, State Senate: November 7, 2006" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 14, 2006. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Special Election Results, 61st Assembly District: March 27, 2007" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. 2007. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  12. ^ "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 4, 2008" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 4, 2008. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  13. ^ "General Election Results, State Assembly: November 2, 2010" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 13, 2010. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
John Lavelle
New York State Assembly, 61st District
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Marchi
Democratic nominee for New York State Senate, 24th District
Succeeded by
Joseph J. Pancila

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