Matt is the son of the late Margaret and Hon. Vito J. Titone, Staten Island's only New York State Court of Appeals Judge. A lifelong Staten Islander, he grew up in the Grymes Hill, Stapleton, and West Brighton communities and continues to live on the North Shore with his spouse, Giosue, and their dog Bari. While attending St. John's University School of Law in the evening, Matt worked full time at the law firm of Zachary & Zachary, Esq. Upon his admission to the New York State Bar in 1992, he immediately began doing pro bono work for the Staten Island AIDS Task Force and Project Hospitality. In late 1993, he was named the Senior Trial Associate for the prestigious Wall Street firm of Morgan, Melhuish, Monahan, Arvidson, Abrutyn & Lisowski, and managed the firm's complex Labor Law litigation department, and litigated Insurance Law and Professional `and Medical Malpractice Liability cases. He left the firm in 1998 to open his own law practice on Staten Island. Until his election, Matt consistently provided pro bono services to those who couldn't afford legal representation. His efforts aided Project Hospitality in creating a full-time professionally staffed legal service department. Matt served on the Board of Directors of Community Health Action of Staten Island (f/k/a the Staten Island AIDS Task Force), and also on the Board of Trustees for Legal Services of New York, providing oversight on the Legal Aid Society, amongst others. Matt's civic participation also included his leadership at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center where he served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees as well as Interim President & C.E.O., overseeing the merger of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and the Staten Island Botanical Garden. Matt is a member of the Richmond County Bar Association, Federal Club Member of the Human Rights Campaign, Wagner College's DaVinci Society, the Loughlin Society of St. John's University, and St. John's University School of Law Alumni Society. Matt was instrumental in enabling St. John's University to endow a scholarship, the Hon. Vito J. Titone Scholarship, to benefit Staten Island residents attending the school. Over the course of his career, Matt has been the recipient of: the Community Health Action of Staten Island's Philanthropic Leadership Award, the Art Lab Patron of the Arts Award, the Snug Harbor Neptune Award for the Arts, the Staten Island Zoo Kiss the Alpaca Award, the Staten Island Zoo Carl F. Kauffeld Community Leadership Award, the Staten Island Democratic Association Paul O’Dwyer Humanitarian Award, the Gay/Straight Alliance of the New York State Justice System Award, the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation Verrazano Narrows Bridge Award, the Richmond County Medical Society Legislative Award, the Neighborhood Housing Services Mission Award, the National Lighthouse Museum Wind in Our Sails Award, the Eden II and Genesis Foundation Community Service Award, the African Refuge Community Concern and Compassion Award, the First United Christian Church Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Award, New York State Trial Lawyers Association Champion of Justice, Families Together in New York State Legislator of the Year Award, and the Museum Association of New York 2016 Legislator of the Year Award, among many others. Matt has made it his priority to help the underserved by creating bold programming. Matt was instrumental in establishing Staten Island’s first women’s health delivery clinic by securing the funding and location for Planned Parenthood. Matt also provided funding to create a free legal aid service to help low-income parents of special needs students obtain appropriate services and placement for their child. This program is also a first of its kind on Staten Island and ensures every child has an advocate fighting on their behalf. After the terror attacks of September 11, Matthew took the slogan “Never Forget” to heart and created the advocacy initiative “Boycott Amnesia” which created a national network of advocates to ensure the passage of and continuation of the Zadroga Act, ensuring continued medical funding and support for 9/11 first responders. Matt has recently been appointed as Chair of the Committee of Oversight, Investigation and Analysis which plays a number of important roles in furthering the Assembly’s oversight activities by analyzing the implementation of the law and investigating whether State agencies are acting effectively, efficiently, and in compliance with legislative intent. It is the only standing committee with subpoena power. Prior to this appointment he served as Chair of the Office of State-Federal Relations and presently sits on the Assembly Standing Committees on Environmental Conservation, Education, Health, Judiciary, and Tourism, Parks, Arts & Sports Development. Since first becoming a legislator, Matt has authored over 130 pieces of legislation and has had over two dozen signed into law, as of this writing. While Matt continues to enjoy and fulfill his duties as a legislator, time permitting he also continues to enjoy doing volunteer work throughout the state with his dog Bari, a licensed therapy dog. Together, they work with children with special needs and autism, as well as young adults struggling with addiction.
“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
- Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
- Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird