Mike graduated Sachem High School, Class of '93, and attended the New York Institute of Technology in Central Islip where he met his wife Mary Ellen, and received a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. Mike and MaryEllen live in West Islip and have three children Madeline, 23 ; Michael III, 21, and Thomas, 18.
Michael McElwee Jr. grew up inHolbrook, NY, the son of a nurse and a Nassau County Police officer. By the age of 13, he began working in hospitality at Mulcahy’s Pub in Wantagh, a successful establishment owned by his uncle.
In 2003 after rising to the position of General Manager, Mike ventured out on his own to start a successful career in the Bar & Restaurant industry, and together with his partners has continued to open multiple successful locations across Long Island.
Mike has been active in the Bay Shore community since 2003. He is on the board of the Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce and a member of The Bay Shore Business Improvement District.
Mike is deeply committed to his Irish roots and is a member of the Bay Shore St Patrick’s Day parade committee. He organized and presided over The Bay Shore Restaurant Committee, which is responsible for bringing the popular event "Alive by the Bay" to Main Street Bay Shore. This summertime series of concerts and street vendors brings over 10,000 patrons to local bars, restaurants and shops along Main Street.
Mike has always been interested in politics and government affairs. From 2019-22 Mike worked for Senator Phil Boyle’s office in constituent services. After Senator Boyle left office, Mike began working for Assemblyman Jarrett Gandolfo as a Community Liaison.
Michael was elected to Islip Town Council district 3 in November of 2023 and looks forward to continuing his years of service in his local community.