‘That’s a Clown Question, Bro’: Staten Island Pols React to Creepy Clown Sightings

The alleged Staten Island Clown. (Photo: Instagram/ Vincent Innocente)
The alleged Staten Island Clown. (Photo: Instagram/ Vincent Innocente)

It may be a publicity stunt, but that didn’t stop Staten Island pols from weighing in on the spate of creepy clown sightings around the borough in recent days.

“This IS creepy! Anyone spot this clown?” Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis asked on Twitter, linking to a story from the Staten Island Advance that described “several reports of a mysterious clown wandering the borough” holding green and yellow balloons.

Continue reading “‘That’s a Clown Question, Bro’: Staten Island Pols React to Creepy Clown Sightings”

Local Assemblyman Not on Board Recchia Bandwagon as Salgado Ramps Up Campaign

Assemblyman Bill Colton with Rev. Erick Salgado. (Photo: Twitter)
Assemblyman Bill Colton with Rev. Erick Salgado. (Photo: Twitter)

Assemblyman Bill Colton may have shared an overlapping southern Brooklyn district with former Councilman Domenic Recchia for 12 years, but he’s not quite willing to back the Democrat against a possible long-shot primary challenge from Rev. Erick Salgado.

Mr. Salgado, a socially conservative pastor who ran a colorful campaign for mayor last year, publicly thanked Mr. Colton today for helping put together the paperwork he needed to run for the Staten Island congressional seat now held by Republican Michael Grimm. Continue reading “Local Assemblyman Not on Board Recchia Bandwagon as Salgado Ramps Up Campaign”

‘I Might Strike Back’: Erick Salgado Exploring Campaign for Congress

Erick Salgado. (Photo: Facebook)
Erick Salgado. (Photo: Facebook)

Rev. Erick Salgado, a socially conservative Democratic pastor who waged a colorful campaign for mayor last year, has his sights set on a new target: incumbent Republican Congressman Michael Grimm.

Mr. Salgado confirmed that he is considering challenging the congressman in a brief phone interview this afternoon. Continue reading “‘I Might Strike Back’: Erick Salgado Exploring Campaign for Congress”

Michael Grimm Wins Endorsement of Independence Party

Michael Grimm. (Photo: Facebook)
Michael Grimm. (Photo: Facebook)

Congressman Michael Grimm won the backing of the New York State Independence Party today, lending a crucial cushion for his re-election bid. 

By netting the third party line, Mr. Grimm can win additional critical votes in what is expected to be a tight race against his Democratic challenger, former City Councilman Domenic Recchia, for the Staten Island and Brooklyn-based seat. Continue reading “Michael Grimm Wins Endorsement of Independence Party”

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”

Domenic Recchia Launches Congressional Bid Against Michael Grimm

Domenic Recchia with Congressman Jerry Nadler (left).
Domenic Recchia with Congressman Jerry Nadler (left) and Brooklyn Councilman Vincent Gentile (far left). (Photo: Vanessa Ogle)

Vowing to combat partisan gridlock and conduct himself “honorably” in Washington, Domenic Recchia launched his congressional bid against incumbent Republican Representative Michael Grimm this afternoon.

Standing in front of his mother’s Staten Island home with dozens of supporters, Mr. Recchia, a Democrat and former Brooklyn councilman, made clear his playbook for his uphill challenge against Mr. Grimm: slam the Republican for his party’s perceived intransigence and highlight Mr. Grimm’s personal imbroglios.  Continue reading “Domenic Recchia Launches Congressional Bid Against Michael Grimm”

Michael Grimm Doesn’t Think Bill de Blasio Is ‘Ready for Prime Time’

Michael Grimm. (Photo: Facebook)
Michael Grimm. (Photo: Facebook)

Congressman Michael Grimm has a grim outlook on the new mayor. 

The Staten Island Republican told radio host Geraldo Rivera today that he’s unsure Bill de Blasio is “ready for prime time.” Continue reading “Michael Grimm Doesn’t Think Bill de Blasio Is ‘Ready for Prime Time’”