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    International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Union Endorses Congressman Michael Grimm for Re-Election

    STATEN ISLAND, NY – TODAY, Thursday, October 16, Congressman Michael G. Grimm (R,C,I – Staten Island/Brooklyn) announced that he has been endorsed for re-election in New York’s Eleventh Congressional District by the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Union:

    “We are pleased to endorse your re-election because of your strong, consistent support for America’s critically important maritime industry,” said MM&P International President Captain Don Marcus in endorsing Congressman Grimm. “Your efforts on behalf of America’s maritime workforce and to strengthen the U.S.-flag merchant marine are unequaled.”

    The International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Union (MM&P) is the marine affiliate of the International Longshoremen’s Association. MM&P maintains a close working relationship with other AFL-CIO seagoing and shore-side maritime unions. MM&P is a member of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD).

    “The dedicated men and women that work on the water within our harbor and keep commerce flowing into and out of the Port of New York are a vital part of the economy of Staten Island and Brooklyn, and that is exactly why I’m so honored to receive this endorsement from the members of the Masters, Mates & Pilots Union (MM&P),” said Rep. Michael Grimm. “Along with the International Longshoremen’s Association, I have valued their friendship, advice, and support and I look forward to a continued strong relationship in the coming months and years ahead. I will continue the crucial effort to enact the Short Sea Shipping Act, maintain full funding for the Maritime Security Program, defend the Jones Act, and grow our nation’s merchant marine.” Rep. Grimm concluded, “I will also keep up the fight for the reauthorization of the Ex/Im Bank and against the outrageous tolls that are stifling the influx of crucial cargo and trade into and out of the Port of New York.”

    Congressman Michael Grimm (R,C,I – NY) represents Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn in the U.S. House of Representatives and is Co-Chair of the Congressional Maritime Caucus.

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    With Zero Grasp of the Issues and An Abysmal Record, Recchia’s Refusal to Debate Rep. Grimm is an Insult to the People of Staten Island & Brooklyn 

    STATEN ISLAND, NY- TODAY, October 14, 2014, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C,I – NY) issued the following statement slamming his opponent for skipping yet another debate and refusing to discuss the issues with the Congressman tonight at the annual candidates debate hosted by the Dyker Heights Civic Association:

    “It’s hardly surprising that my opponent is ducking yet another opportunity to debate me and put his record up against mine- once you look past the trite phrases and cookie-cutter talking points he continuously parrots, my opponent repeatedly demonstrates his total ignorance of every single issue of importance to the people of this district, including everything from local transit, to foreign policy and international affairs,” Rep. Grimm said.

    After Recchia’s infamous tongue-tied response to questions about the major TPP agreement last month, just this week Recchia further demonstrated his “all talk, no action” record when a reporter asked him if he has made the slightest effort to help Staten Island obtain a light rail by so much as broaching the subject with the MTA Chairman:

    Reporter: Have you talked to the MTA about putting [light rail] back into the capital plan?

    Recchia: No, I have not spoken to the MTA 

    I am focusing on winning this election.

    “It’s already laughable that Recchia is asking the hardworking people of Staten Island and Brooklyn for their vote when he did nothing for 12 years except vote to raise their taxes and add even more tolls on our bridges,” said Grimm spokesman Nick Iacono. “But repeatedly refusing to show his face and discuss the issues proves just how little respect he has for the people. I guess skipping debates makes sense when you’ve repeatedly been called out for having zero grasp of the issues and an abysmal record as a puppet for a radical mayor who is taking our city down a disastrous path.”

    The Dyker Heights Civic Association’s Candidates Debate is held every year in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn and is one of the longest-running and most widely-attended community debates in the Brooklyn portion of the 11th Congressional District. This marks the second out of three major Brooklyn debates that Domenic Recchia has now refused to attend, including the September 23rd debate hosted by the Bay Ridge Community Council. 


    Congressman Grimm will be attending the debate tonight and looks forward to discussing the issues that are important to his constituents.


    Dyker Heights Civic Association – Candidates Debate

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - Event Begins at 7:30 PM

    Congressional Candidates @ approximately 8:30 – 9:30 PM

    St. Philip’s Church, 1072 80th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11228


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    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. 

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    Hundreds gather in New Dorp for vigil honoring NYPD officers killed in the line of duty

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    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.

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    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 | mwassef@siadvance.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.

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    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.

    By Mark D. Stein | stein@siadvance.com on August 18, 2014

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    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

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    Plans surrounding Rev. Al Sharpton’s march across Verrazano-Narrows Bridge ‘still in infancy,’ police say

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    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.”

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