Bill de Blasio and Michael Grimm Trade Words Over Sandy Meetings

Bill de Blasio in Staten Island this morning.
Bill de Blasio after meeting with  Staten Island lawmakers last month.

Mayor Bill de Blasio today tweaked Republican Congressman Michael Grimm for blowing off a meeting on Sandy rebuilding–after the congressman accused the mayor of refusing to sit down with him at City Hall.

“We understood that he was going to be joining us at Borough Hall last week and I was surprised he didn’t,” said Mr. de Blasio when asked why he had rebuffed Mr. Grimm’s efforts to schedule a meeting. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio and Michael Grimm Trade Words Over Sandy Meetings”

Final Mayoral Debate Postponed to Honor Sandy Anniversary

Joe Lhot and Bill de Blasio at last night's debate. (Photo: Getty)
Joe Lhot and Bill de Blasio at their last debate. (Photo: Getty)

The city’s Campaign Finance Board announced tonight that it has postponed the third and final mayoral debate to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

The 90-minute debate, which had previously been scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, will now be held on Wednesday, October 30, kicking off at 7 p.m.

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Bloomberg Says Somebody ‘Will Write a Book’ About City’s Sandy Response

Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the radio.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the radio. (Photo: Flickr/mayor’s office.)

A year after Hurricane Sandy ravaged parts of the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is certain his administration did just about everything right during the recovery.

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Michael Grimm Calls Bill de Blasio’s Sandy Plan ‘Completely Asinine!’

Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)
Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)

Republican Congressman Michael Grimm is not a fan of Bill de Blasio’s Hurricane Sandy recovery plan.

Yesterday, Bill de Blasio outlined a plan to use federal Sandy recovery money to fix some of the “greater wrongs” of the city by creating living-wage jobs, affordable housing and community health care sites in areas hard-hit by the storm–aspirations that touch on many of the Democratic mayoral nominee’s campaign themes. Continue reading “Michael Grimm Calls Bill de Blasio’s Sandy Plan ‘Completely Asinine!’”

Weiner Confronts Disappointed Supporters in the Rockaways

Anthony Weiner in the Rockaways.
Anthony Weiner in the Rockaways.

Anthony Weiner returned to the Sandy-damaged Rockaways last night–in the heart of his old congressional district–to rally his former base as he tries to rescue his spiraling campaign in the wake of his latest sexting scandal.

But the event served as a bitter reminder to some of his staunchest supporters, who spoke with disappointment and anger that Mr. Weiner, they felt, had blown his chances at City Hall. With his self-destruction, they said, he had also destroyed any hope of electing a candidate who cared about the far-flung peninsula, where boarded-up houses still line the waterfront.

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Michael Grimm Picks a Fight With Rand Paul

Rand Paul. (Photo: Getty)
Rand Paul. (Photo: Getty)

Raging against libertarian-minded presidential hopefuls is normally the territory of Long Island Congressman Pete King, but this morning, Staten Island’s Michael Grimm stepped up to the plate, labeling Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s comments regarding Hurricane Sandy aid “disgraceful” and “simply moronic.”

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