The Staten Island Motor Lodge in Grasmere -- long a bane to area residents -- was shuttered Tuesday night after a six-month investigation found the location was complicit in prostitution activity, authorities said.
The Overdose Response Initiative, a new program launched five months ago to investigate overdose deaths on Staten Island, sparked the takedown of a drug-dealing network in the borough, said District Attorney Michael E. McMahon.
He has only been on the job a few months, but his office has already taken on several high-profile cases and instituted new initiatives to fight the borough's drug epidemic. Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon sits down with NY1's Bree Driscoll.
The borough's district attorney is taking strategic and practical steps to combat domestic violence.
In legal parlance, it's called "vertical prosecution."
What it means is a case staying with one prosecutor from start to finish, as opposed to being handed off as the matter moves from Criminal Court to the grand jury and to state Supreme Court, if an indictment is filed.
District Attorney Michael E. McMahon believes vertical prosecution is critical in handling domestic violence cases because victims are often frightened and vulnerable and feel more comfortable dealing with a single prosecutor.
Officials have long declared Staten Island the epicenter of the prescription-drug-abuse and opioid scourge.
That sad reality came sharply into focus yet again Wednesday morning with the news of another drug overdose death on the South Shore.
In a bid to attack the drug plight at its source – identifying the dealers and suppliers who peddle heroin, cocaine and pills around the borough and putting them behind bars – officials unveiled the Overdose Response Initiative, a law enforcement program designed to closely investigate overdose deaths
A new era has dawned on the Richmond County District Attorney's office. Michael E. McMahon arrived Monday morning for his first day on the job as the borough's chief law enforcement officer.
Here's a look at how his day unfolded: