The New York Times reports Republican Congressman Michael Grimm may have broken the law fundraising for his first campaign two years ago, charges Mr. Grimm denies. The report’s sources accuse Mr. Grimm of everything from accepting envelopes full of cash to orchestrating a system of “straw donors” to allow Israeli citizens to funnel money into his campaign.
The allegations revolve around Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto’s large number of followers that the Times says contributed $500,000 in total to his campaign. A number of detailed charges are laid out based on interviews from his congregation:
A reader pointed out that the new nonpartisan reapportionment maps released by Common Cause this week have one interesting side effect: Staten Island Assemblyman Michael Cusick finds himself in the same district as fellow Democratic Assemblyman Matthew Titone.
While there is no indication that the final maps will look anything like the Common Cause maps, there are some reasons to believe that the final map may not look so different: For one thing, it is getting late for the nonpartisan commission charged with making such maps (to the legislators liking) to compete their work. If they fail to, the process goes before a judge, and since the primary could be as soon as six months away, a judge will likely need some kind of guidepost, and the Common Cause maps, based as they are on keeping communities of interest together.
Brooklyn City Councilman Vincent Gentile is forging ahead with plans to challenge incumbent Congressman Michael Grimm.
Mr. Gentile told The Politicker that he had a long conversation with officials from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee last week.
“They set the parameters for me,” he said. “It was a challenging conversation.”