STATEN ISLAND — Former Congressman Michael McMahon has been elected to succeed the New York City district attorney who handled last year’s grand jury investigation into the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.
With 98 percent of precincts reporting, the Democrat was ahead of Republican Joan Illuzzi by 55 percent to 45 percent in the Staten Island DA race.
Tuesday’s election came a year after former District Attorney Daniel Donovan empaneled a grand jury that declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Garner, an unarmed black man. The decision helped propel a national debate about how the criminal justice system treats black men.
Donovan later won a congressional seat.
McMahon served in congress and on the City Council. He has practiced civil and criminal law but hasn’t been a prosecutor.