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”

Former Michael Grimm Fund-Raiser Arraigned in New York

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

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. Continue reading “Former Michael Grimm Fund-Raiser Arraigned in New York”

Brooklyn Councilman Decries ‘Tale of Two Boroughs’ in Bridge Tolling Plan

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, seen from Brooklyn. (Photo: Wikipedia)
The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, seen from Brooklyn. (Photo: Wikimedia)

First, there was the “tale of two cities.” Now, according to one Brooklyn councilman, there’s a “tale of two boroughs.”

Councilman Vincent Gentile raged yesterday against a new tolling plan for the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge that will slash prices for Staten Island residents and truck drivers but leaves everyone else, including his Brooklyn constituents on the other side of the bridge, without the discount.  Continue reading “Brooklyn Councilman Decries ‘Tale of Two Boroughs’ in Bridge Tolling Plan”

De Blasio Jokes About Hiring Richard Sherman to Lead His Press Team

Bill de Blasio at a Staten Island Diner
Bill de Blasio meeting with Staten Island residents and officials. (Photo: Flickr/NYCMayorsOffice.)

Mayor Bill de Blasio had breakfast this morning with Staten Island residents and lawmakers, where he vowed that Staten Island would no longer be the “forgotten borough” and at one point joked about recruiting outspoken Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman to his press team.

“I told my press folks that I’m sorry, I’m laying one of them off and making Richard Sherman my communications director,” he joked to the group, referring the star football player, whose angry outburst at the NFC Championship Game became a viral sensation. “I want someone bolder.” Continue reading “De Blasio Jokes About Hiring Richard Sherman to Lead His Press Team”

De Blasio Also ‘Concerned’ About Staten Island Snow-Response

A person falling on the snow and ice in Manhattan. (Photo: Timothy Clary/Getty)
A person falling on the snow and ice in Manhattan. (Photo: Timothy Clary/Getty)

It’s not just the Upper East side that deserved better plowing after this week’s snowstorm, Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted today.

Though Mr. de Blasio staunchly defended his administration’s East Side snow-clearing efforts immediately after the storm, he eventually reversed himself, personally visiting the neighborhood, issuing an effusive statement and promising to redouble his efforts. Continue reading “De Blasio Also ‘Concerned’ About Staten Island Snow-Response”

Bill de Blasio Shows His Love for Staten Island

Mayor Bill de Blasio with 103 year-old Michael Gallo.
Mayor Bill de Blasio with 103-year-old Michael Gallo.

The lone blemish in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s overwhelming victory in the general election last fall was Staten Island, the only borough that the mayor lost in what was otherwise an historic landslide. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Shows His Love for Staten Island”