Michael M. Grant ~ District 2 Legislator

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  • Chair: Government Operations Committee
  • Vice Chair: Budget and Finance Committee
  • Vice Chair: Planning & Public Works
  • Vice Chair: Special Committee on Transit
  • Committee Member: Economic Development

Michael Grant is a community activist who was born and raised in Rockland County and is now serving his third full term in the Rockland County Legislature.

Michael attended local schools and graduated from North Rockland High School in 1975. He attended the State University of New York College at Cortland and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a concentration in public administration. In addition, Michael minored in American History and completed a certificate program in Business Management.

Legislator Grant was first sworn in to office on Jan. 6, 2005. Since then, Michael has been elected to the Rockland County Legislature four times by the voters of District 2.

Legislator Grant served as Majority Leader seven times. He currently serves as Chair of the Government Operations Committee, Vice Chair of the Budget & Finance Committee, Vice Chair of the Planning & Public Works Committee, Vice Chair of the Special Committee on Transit, and is a member of the Economic Development Committee. Michael also serves as Chairman of the Board of Electrical Examiners. In 2011 and in 2022, he co-chaired the Rockland County Legislature's Special Committee on Redistricting, and in 2011 was the Legislature's Liaison to the County Comprehensive Plan Task Force.

Michael Grant got his start in government in 1986, when Mayor Edward P. Zugibe appointed him as West Haverstraw's Village Treasurer. He also served as the Village's representative to the Rockland County Community Development Consortium. During his 14-year tenure with the Village, Michael was responsible for authoring several important grants and obtaining funding for a variety of projects, most notably the West Haverstraw Community Center.

Michael is a former Haverstraw Town Councilman. He first took office in January 2001. He was subsequently elected in November 2001 to fill a two-year unexpired term and again in 2003 for a full four-year term.

During his tenure on the Haverstraw Town Board, Michael and his colleagues tackled many issues, including the Letchworth Village re-development project, the police force consolidation plan, the closure of the town's landfill, and the impact of major property assessment issues. In addition, Michael and the Board oversaw the expansion of recreation facilities at Bowline Park, as well as the multi-million dollar renovation of the Philip J. Rotella Memorial Golf Course in Thiells, N.Y.

While Town Councilman, Michael also served as Police Commissioner and on a variety of town commissions and committees. Committee assignments included: Parks and Recreation, Urban Renewal, Diversity, Sanitation and Emergency Services.

For over three decades, Michael Grant has played an active role in the community. In addition to his participation in local government, he is a former Trustee of the Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library and served for several years as its Finance Officer. He is a past board member of a variety of community-based organizations including: Rockland County Girl Scout Council, Arts Alliance of Haverstraw, North Rockland Youth Recreation Program, Inc. and the Orange County Arts Council. Michael is currently a trustee of the Rockland County YMCA and a 15-year member of the Rotary Club of North Rockland.

Michael retired from Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. after 38 years on the job. He worked in positions of increasing responsibility and served as Senior Manager – Regional & Community Affairs for the company's Central Division encompassing 19 communities in southern Orange County, N.Y. and northern Passaic County, N.J. During his career at O&R, served on the Company's Community Investment Committee and Multi-Cultural Advisory Board In 2013, Michael received the prestigious Living Our Values award from O&R's parent company, Con Edison.

A lifelong Haverstraw resident, Michael is the son the late Mary Zippilli Grant and John T. Grant of Thiells. Michael's father was Rockland's first County Executive and served five times as Chairman of the Rockland County Legislature.

Michael and his wife, Cathy, have been married for 40 years and reside in Garnerville. Michael and Cathy are grandparents of Callie Brynn Grant and Kaiden Gray Grant.