‘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.

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Teachers’ Union and Elected Officials Blast de Blasio’s School Day Call

A man attempts to brave the snow in Manhattan Thursday. (Photo: John Moore/Getty)
A man attempts to brave the snow in Manhattan Thursday. (Photo: John Moore/Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to keep schools open during today’s blizzard received a cold response from the city’s teachers’ union and elected officials.

Michael Mulgrew, the union’s president, called the decision a “mistake.” Continue reading “Teachers’ Union and Elected Officials Blast de Blasio’s School Day Call”

John Catsimatidis Holds Court in Brooklyn

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John Catsimatidis

Freewheeling billionaire John Catsimatidis was told again and again it was time to for him to leave as he stood at the foot of the Verrazano Bridge in Brooklyn this afternoon.

“No, no, no…” his handlers pleaded as Mr. Catsimatidis, a Republican candidate for mayor, prepared to tell a gaggle of reporters about another press conference of his scheduled for next week.

“Now, there’s another press conference coming, guess what we did in Brooklyn that nobody knows about?” Mr. Castimatidis asked as his team strained to keep  their plans under wraps.

But Mr. Catsimatidis, arriving in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to originally explain his plan to call upon the MTA to freeze additional toll and fare increases, was in his element, rambling extemporaneously about whatever subjects the assembled reporters cared to discuss. Continue reading “John Catsimatidis Holds Court in Brooklyn”

Brooklyn Republicans Split on Mayoral Endorsements

Nicole Malliotakis and John Catsimatidis (Photo: Twitter/@NMalliotakis)
Nicole Malliotakis and John Catsimatidis (Photo: Twitter/@NMalliotakis)

There are many different endorsements growing in Brooklyn.

Indeed, despite its 2.5 million residents, the city’s largest borough only has a handful of Republican elected officials and they all seem to be leaning in opposite directions when it comes to who the next mayor should be. State Senator Marty Golden endorsed Joe Lhota yesterday, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis recently announced her support for John Catsimatidis, and Brooklyn GOP Chair Craig Eaton has been backing Adolfo Carrión for City Hall’s top job.

“I’ve known John for a number of years,” Ms. Malliotakis told Politicker this afternoon. Continue reading “Brooklyn Republicans Split on Mayoral Endorsements”

Candidate Attempts to Drag ‘Feminine Presence’ Seminar Into His Own Race

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A scene from The Tudors, an unrelated television show set in 16th century England.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis doesn’t have much to do with State Senator Marty Golden’s decision to host a nationally mocked “Feminine Presence” seminar, but that didn’t stop her Democratic rival from seeking to tie her to the infamous, now-canceled event.

“My opponent, who has been awfully silent throughout this matter, has the opportunity now to defend the women of her district by distancing herself from Senator Golden,” John Mancuso declared in a statement sent this evening. “This is just a mailer, but it’s quite obvious how her Republican colleagues view the role of women in New York today.”

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Dems Have Fun With Facebook, Mock Ref Grimm

ref grimm Dems Have Fun With Facebook, Mock Ref GrimmThe Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has apparently been scouring Facebook, and sent out today a photo of Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm gleaned from the page of Staten Island GOP Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis.

In the photo, Congressman Grimm is seen wearing the familiar zebra stripes of a referee and he seems to be officiating over something called “Third Avenue Festival Table Tennis Grand Slam.”

“Gasp! Somebody Actually Let Congressman Grimm Referee?” the DCCC says in the email header.  Continue reading “Dems Have Fun With Facebook, Mock Ref Grimm”

Nicole Malliotakis’ Opponent Doesn’t Want to Talk About Fake Dog Testicles

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Yesterday evening, the Albany Times-Union reported that Staten Island Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis was dropping fake dog testicles, or “neuticles,” from her legislation banning unnecessary animal surgery, as, apparently, implanting them turned out to be far less invasive than originally thought. And late last night, John Mancuso, a Democrat challenging the freshman GOP lawmaker, declared neuticles to be an unnecessary distraction on Facebook.

“Neuticles? ……Really? How about worrying about the prescription pill epidemic, or the lack of funding for our public schools, or even the promises you made to expand the MTA and bus service,” he wrote. “Let’s start worrying about the real issues facing the 64th district and STOP chasing cameras and publishing non-sense.”

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