Grimm criticizes storm recovery program
When Superstorm Sandy destroyed Maureen Childs’ Staten Island home, she turned to New York City’s Build it Back program for help. She says what she got back was heartache.
At a news conference Wednesday, Rep. Michael Grimm, who represents Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, highlighted what he called failures in a program designed to help victims of Sandy get back on their feet: problems with communication, paperwork, and misinformation.
Grimm said sandy victims are hostages in bureaucratic red tape that is victimizing them all over again.
Childs said she had no choice but to use all her retirement money to rebuild her home.
View the full video and interview here.
Hundreds gather in New Dorp for vigil honoring NYPD officers killed in the line of duty
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Retired detective Thomas Kosnik had only one reason for attending a vigil Thursday that honored NYPD officers killed in the line of duty: he wanted to keep the memory alive of his slain colleagues, Det. James Nemorin, and Det. Rodney Andrews, who were executed on Staten Island in 2003 during an undercover operation gone wrong.
Bay Ridge pols look to bathe Freedom Tower in gold
By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Freedom Tower will be bathed in gold in a tribute to the courage of children with cancer if Bay Ridge lawmakers get their way.
Rev. Al Sharpton still insisting federal government take over the Eric Garner case
Rev. Al Sharpton, alongside members of Garner’s family, said Tuesday that he still wants the federal government to take over the Eric Garner case. (Staten Island Advance/Vincent Barone)
By Mira Wassef | email@example.com on August 19, 2014
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.– Despite District Attorney Daniel Donovan’s announcement Tuesday that he was convening a special grand jury to review the Eric Garner case, Rev. Al Sharpton is still insisting that the case be turned over to the federal government.
Rep. Michael Grimm gets double dose of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Rep. Michael Grimm took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after being nominated by Derek Tobacco of Guyon Rescue.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge continues to roll.
On Monday, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) was hit with not one, but two massive buckets of water following a nomination from Guyon Rescue.
“I’m here today in front of Guyon Rescue, with Yellow Boots, two great organizations that helped me help this community after Superstorm Sandy,” he said, standing near the Staff Sgt. Michael Ollis’ VFW Post in Oakwood Beach.
“As many of you know, ALS attacks the muscles and the nerves, and it’s time we find a cure,” said Grimm, in a video posted to his Facebook page.
The ALS Association said Monday its received more than $15.6 million during the challenge that began on July 29.
Grimm nominated South Shore state Sen. Andrew Lanza, Kim Capone of Brooklyn, Paul Marrone, chief of staff for Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, and former Staten Island GOP Chairman Robert Scamardella.
Ms. Malliotakis took the challenge on Sunday, a day after Borough President James Oddo poured a bucket over his head.
Embattled Rep. Grimm responds to Dems’ ‘fraud’ attack ads
Representative Grimm responds to recent allegations of fraud by democrats on Fox News. Click here to watch the full video on FoxNews.com
Plans surrounding Rev. Al Sharpton’s march across Verrazano-Narrows Bridge ‘still in infancy,’ police say
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y — The logistics surrounding Rev. Al Sharpton’s planned march across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge later this month continue to be shrouded in secrecy.
Sharpton said Wednesday he is planning to lead “a march for justice” across the span at 1 p.m. on Aug. 23. to continue to draw attention to Eric Garner’s death on July 17 after an incident with police in Tompkinsville.
City Council delegation differs on whether New York should house children entering U.S. illegally from Central America
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — City Councilwoman Debi Rose said she backs a call by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, her fellow Democrat, that New York house children who are entering the U.S. illegally from Central America.
But Republican Councilmen Vincent Ignizio and Steven Matteo disagreed.
Ms. Rose (D-North Shore) said many of the children “are fleeing situations more dangerous than Iraq or Afghanistan.”
Congress members speak out after courts issue Affordable Care Act rulings
By Paula Katinas, Brooklyn Daily Eagle<
Two members of Brooklyn’ congressional delegation spoke out, voicing opposing viewpoints, on the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, after two federal courts issued opposing rulings on the controversial law on Tuesday.
U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island) and U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-Crown Heights-Brownsville) both issued statements after the flurry of court activity on July 22.
AARP lauds GOP Rep. Michael Grimm for co-sponsoring bill for seniors
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) is getting kudos from AARP for signing on as a co-sponsor to the Older Americans Act Reauthorization.
The act would extend for four years provisions of a 1965 law that helps pay for an array of senior services, including home-delivered meals, transportation, community-based long-term care, legal services, elder abuse and prevention services, preventive health services, nursing home ombudsmen, senior community service jobs and services that help support family caregivers.