Morning Read: ‘You Threw Him Over a Balcony or Something’

Congressman Michael Grimm and his pup Sebastian. (Photo: Tom Williams/Getty)
Congressman Michael Grimm and his pup Sebastian, in an unrelated photo. (Photo: Tom Williams/Getty)

Headline of the Day: “Grimm and bear it: Staten Island’s congressman roasts in the white-hot national spotlight.”

Runner-Up: “SILive.com readers have plenty to say about Grimm’s behavior.”

NY1 reporter Michael Scotto was contacted by the Capitol Police about Congressman Michael Grimm‘s threats and said he did not want to press charges. “But a congressional source told Fox News that it doesn’t necessarily matter whether Scotto wants to press charges,” another report reads. Continue reading “Morning Read: ‘You Threw Him Over a Balcony or Something’”

Bill de Blasio Returns to the Airwaves With Al Sharpton

Bill de Blasio on Al Sharpton's show tonight.
Bill de Blasio on Al Sharpton’s show tonight.

In his first cable TV appearance since becoming mayor, Bill de Blasio paid a visit to Rev. Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show, where the two chatted about the end of the city’s appeal against a prominent stop-and-frisk ruling, Hillary Clinton’s potential presidential campaign and a top Sharpton aide’s role in the de Blasio administration.

Unsurprisingly, the two behaved like old friends. Mr. de Blasio thanked Mr. Sharpton for leading an anti stop-and-frisk rally, while Mr. Sharpton hailed the new mayor as a rare politician who could keep his word. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Returns to the Airwaves With Al Sharpton”

Adriano Espaillat Hires Fund-Raising Firm Ahead of Bid Against Rangel

State Senator Adriano Espaillat. (Photo: Facebook)
State Senator Adriano Espaillat. (Photo: Facebook)

State Senator Adriano Espaillat has hired a prominent Democratic fund-raising firm–the latest sign the uptown lawmaker is serious about trying to unseat Congressman Charlie Rangel again.

The firm, Bedford Grove, will assist Mr. Espaillat in building a national fund-raising network for a likely bid against Mr. Rangel, a source close to Mr. Espaillat told Politicker. The firm began working with Mr. Espaillat earlier this month. Continue reading “Adriano Espaillat Hires Fund-Raising Firm Ahead of Bid Against Rangel”

De Blasio Heralds Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit Decision in Brownsville

Mayor Bill de Blasio today. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio today. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

Standing in a Brownsville, Brooklyn recreation center, Mayor Bill de Blasio repudiated much of his predecessor’s public safety legacy this afternoon.

With a host of elected officials looking on, the new mayor and his police commissioner said they would end the controversial appeal of a stop-and-frisk lawsuit, drawing overwhelming praise from some of Michael Bloomberg’s bitterest critics.  Continue reading “De Blasio Heralds Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit Decision in Brownsville”

City Council Grills de Blasio’s Investigations Pick

Councilman Brad Lander and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at today's hearing. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)
Councilman Brad Lander and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at today’s hearing. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and her fellow members grilled Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pick to lead the city’s Department of Investigation today, perhaps defying the council’s sharpest critics who have accused the body of being too close to the new mayor.

The pick, Mark Peters, is Mr. de Blasio’s longtime friend, Park Slope neighbor and former campaign treasurer–raising questions as to whether he’s the right person to lead the DOI, which will be charged with investigating the new administration. Continue reading “City Council Grills de Blasio’s Investigations Pick”

De Blasio Moves to End Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit

Bill de Blasio with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. (Photo: Christopher Gregory/Getty)
Bill de Blasio with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. (Photo: Christopher Gregory/Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today made good on a campaign promise, laying out a deal to end the city’s appeal of a federal court ruling that deemed the NYPD’s implementation of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional.

Under the deal, the city will accept Judge Shira Scheindlin’s assessment that the the Bloomberg administration engaged in racial profiling and move to settle case. Continue reading “De Blasio Moves to End Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit”

Melissa Mark-Viverito Defiant at Second Inauguration

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito being sworn in yesterday. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito being sworn in yesterday. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)

Melissa Mark-Viverito was sworn into office for the second time in the span of about a month last night. But this time, the audience was much larger.

Ms. Mark-Viverito, now the powerful speaker of the City Council, was officially coronated in the Bronx, where she was heralded by Mayor Bill de Blasio and various liberal allies. While sticking to many of the same left-leaning talking points that she has repeated elsewhere, the new speaker struck a more defiant tone at times, asserting that there were unnamed people who wanted her and the progressive movement to fail. Continue reading “Melissa Mark-Viverito Defiant at Second Inauguration”