South Brooklyn Sagas
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
A Texas woman arrested by the FBI and charged for allegedly funneling more than $10,000 in illegal contributions to Congressman Michael Grimm’s 2010 campaign was arraigned in federal court this afternoon.
Diana Durand, a close friend of Mr. Grimm–a lawyer for Ms. Durand wouldn’t confirm they had a romantic relationship, though media reports have described her as an ex-girlfriend–appeared briefly in a downtown Brooklyn courtroom, where she did not enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
Congressman Michael Grimm’s threats have been upstaged by faux-Congresswoman Sheila Kelly.
Saturday Night Live this weekend recreated Mr. Grimm’s now-infamous confrontation, in which the congressman threatened to throw an NY1 reporter off a balcony, in the form of a skit starring actress Melissa McCarthy.
The Daily Show and its host, Jon Stewart, skewered Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm last night for threatening to throw a NY1 reporter off a balcony after the president’s State of the Union address earlier this week.
Congressman Michael Grimm called NY1 reporter Michael Scotto this morning to apologize for threatening to physically injure him after President Obama’s State of the Union address last night.
In an interview, Mr. Scotto told Politicker that Mr. Grimm called him around 10:45 a.m. to make amends for last night’s headline-grabbing eruption.