|Member of the Pittsburgh City Council from the 2nd District[a]|
May 30, 1978 – January 3, 1994
|Preceded by||Richard Caliguiri|
|Succeeded by||Alan Hertzberg|
August 2, 1928
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Died||October 12, 2013
Peoria, Arizona, U.S.
|a.^ Madoff was originally elected to Caliguiri's at-large seat, but won re-election after a voter-approved referendum divided City Council seats into districts.|
Before entering politics Madoff was a community and environmental activist. In 1969 Madoff co-founded and was the first president of the Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) in Pittsburgh, a local group with a long history of environmental activism. Madoff worked with Jones and Laughlin Steel Company to keep steel-working jobs in Pittsburgh. She was unsuccessful in runs for Pittsburgh City Council in 1973 and Allegheny County Commissioner in 1975.
Pittsburgh city council
Madoff was first elected in 1978 to fill the unexpired term of Richard Caliguiri. Caliguiri was serving as President of Pittsburgh City Council and became mayor when Peter Flaherty was appointed Deputy Attorney General of the United States in the Jimmy Carter Presidential Administration. When the Pittsburgh City Council switched from one being elected at-large to a by-district format she was the first person elected to represent Council District 2. She was defeated after coming in third in the 1993 Democratic primary.
She famously led a years long fight to have the one restroom that was available to City Council at the Pittsburgh City Hall redesigned to be used in a uni-sex fashion, hosting a "toilet party" for her supporters in April, 1980 to celebrate her success. Future mayor Sophie Masloff the only other female on council at the time did not attend later commenting to the press: "What the hell do I care about her toilet? I got more important things to do."
Madoff and sometimes council president Eugene "Jeep" DePasquale were regular rivals on council through the 1980's. In 1983, DePasquale's dismissal of a tax she proposed when he joked at a council meeting that he would "kiss [her] you-know-what" if it ever raised just $20. After the tax raised $1,542.15 ($3,768.7 today) in a short time, she challenged DePasquale to make good on his promise by waiting for him under the Kaufmann's Clock with a dozen reporters and 100 on-lookers on January 24, 1983. DePasquale, however, was a no-show, later telling reporters that "I thought it would be undignified".
- "Mrs. Madoff Sworn In". The Pittsburgh Press. May 30, 1978. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
- Uhl, Sherley (May 17, 1987). "Election to test city image". The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
- Barnes, Tom (May 20, 1987). "Council by district wins". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
- Barnes, Tom (January 5, 1988). "Apportionment to begin in Pittsburgh". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
- Billowitz, Marissa. "Michelle Madoff Papers Finding Aid". Guides to Archives and Manuscript Collections at the University of Pittsburgh Library System. University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
- Obituary for Michelle Madoff, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; accessed November 4, 2013.