Michael Greene is a Central New York native and a graduate of the Industrial & Labor Relations School at Cornell University. After college, Michael moved to the New York City area and began his career in public service by working for the Port Authority of NY & NJ and New York City Economic Development Corporation. While working in New York City, Michael went to night school at CUNY-Baruch where he earned an MBA in Entrepreneurship.
After Michael moved home to Syracuse, he became involved in local Democratic campaigns and in 2017 was unanimously appointed to fill the a vacant Councilor at Large position.
Since joining the Council, Michael has consistently been one of the most active sponsors of legislation to improve life in Syracuse. While serving as Chair of the Public Works Committee, he sponsored many pieces of legislation to improve our infrastructure. He has also spearheaded legislation to improve transparency from the Council, reduce unnecessary regulations on small businesses, and hold slumlords accountable. He currently Chairs the Council's Finance Committee.
Michael's advocacy for Syracuse residents has led them to twice overwhelmingly re-elect him. In 2018, Michael won a three-way general election with 23,932 votes and over 65% of the vote. In 2019, Michael finished first in a five-way general election with support from over 60% of voters.
Outside of City Hall, Michael serves as the Chair of the "Mighty" 17th Ward Democratic Committee. He lives on the city's East Side with his wife, Emily, their daughter Riley, and their dog, Kip.