2008_11_mcmahonr.jpgDemocrat Michael McMahon won the Congressional seat vacated by Vito Fossella, who had been the lone Republican Representative from NYC. McMahon, a City Council member, took 61% of the vote; his opponent, Robert Straniere, said, "The tides were against us, and due to events largely out of our control-- including the severe downturn in the global economy and the declining support of the McCain-Palin ticket --things did not go as we had hoped." The Staten Island Advance reports that McMahon referred to Fossella's DWI and love child by saying he wouldn't disgrace the office, "If we roll up our sleeves, we can make times great again." And the Democrats gained 18 other seats in the House--a total of five in the Northeast.