Michael Benedetto is a Member of the New York State Assembly representing the 82nd Assembly District, which covers the Co-op City, Throggs Neck, Westchester Square, City Island, Country Club, and Pelham Bay sections of the East Bronx. After a 35-year teaching career at the elementary and secondary school level, he was first elected to the State Assembly in 2004. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
Benedetto introduced a law making touch football illegal up to age 15 statewide, though no schools in his assembly district offer football. 
Benedetto first ran for office in 1976, losing to Republican Assemblyman Guy Velella. Two years later, Benedetto ran against Republican State Senator John D. Calandra and lost by 1,121 votes. In 1980, Benedetto attempted to run again against Calandra. Bronx Democratic leaders, who maintained a non-aggression pact with Calandra, allowed him run in the Democratic primary. Calandra defeated Benedetto to win the Democratic nomination, and in the general election as the candidate of both the Republican and Democratic parties, Calandra easily defeated Benedetto, who ran on the Liberal Party ticket.
- Library of Congress, Chronicling America, Bronx Times-Reporter
- Our Campaigns: New York Assembly 80th District, 1976
- Our Campaigns: New York State Senate 34th District, 1978
- New York Times "Bronx Democrats Back Calandra; Deal Denied By Simon" June 14, 1980
- Our Campaigns: 1980 Democratic Primary, 34th Senate District
- Our Campaigns: New York State Senate 34th District 1980
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