The National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union Endorse Congressman Michael Grimm for Re-Election
STATEN ISLAND, NY – TODAY, Tuesday, October 21, 2014, Congressman Michael G. Grimm (R,C,I – Staten Island/Brooklyn) announced that he has received the endorsement for re-election in New York’s Eleventh Congressional District from two major postal unions, the National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union:
“On behalf of the 26,000 letter carriers and their families that I represent, it is my honor to formally endorse Congressman Michael Grimm for Representative of New York’s 11th Congressional District,” said New York State Association of Letter Carriers President George Mangold. “Congressman Grimm has shown a true understanding of our postal and labor issues, including the unfair mandate to prefund future retiree health benefits, and stands with us.
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) represents non-rural letter carriers employed by the United States Postal Service. It was founded in 1889. Current NALC membership stands at 300,058 active and retired members including 26,000 letter carriers and their families in New York. The National Association of Letter Carriers is a member of the AFL-CIO.
Paul Hogrogian, President, Local 300, National Postal Mail Handlers Union added, “We wholeheartedly support Congressman Grimm’s effort to preserve the United States Postal Service by maintaining current overnight service standards and by opposing the elimination of six day delivery. Congressman Grimm has consistently supported postal workers in their fight to maintain an efficient, productive and affordable postal service. Because of his continued support Congressman Grimm has earned our endorsement for his reelection in New York’s 11th Congressional District.”
The National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) represents more than 50,000 mail handler craft members in United States Postal Service facilities across the United States. The NPMHU is a division of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), both of which are members of the AFL-CIO federation.
“I am truly honored to receive the endorsements of both the National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union,” Rep. Grimm said. “Postal workers are the backbone of our nation and they symbolize the same virtues of hard work and dedication that Staten Islanders and Brooklynites are known for. Rain or shine, they they will complete the job from start to finish. I am proud to stand with these brave men and women for their rights in Congress, often taking on my own party and standing as the lone Republican fighting on issues such as preserving 6 day delivery and the ability to prefund retiree health benefits.” Rep. Grimm concluded, “I look forward to continuing this fight into the next Congress.”
Congressman Michael Grimm (R,C,I – NY) represents Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Why Are You Hiding, Mr. Recchia?
Reeling from a Week of the Latest Embarrassing Missteps in his Flailing Campaign, the LAST Thing Domenic Recchia Wants to do is Answer Staten Islanders’ Questions
STATEN ISLAND, NY- TODAY, October 20, 2014, Rep. Michael G. Grimm’s (R,C,I – NY) campaign issued the following statement calling out Domenic Recchia for what has now become a consistent theme of the democrat’s campaign…refusing to discuss his positions on the issues with the very hardworking people whose vote he is seeking:
“Domenic Recchia is skipping tonight’s candidates’ forum with South Shore Staten Islanders for the same reason he has skipped most other forums- from the Bay Ridge Community Council to the American Legion- because he can barely address any of the issues that hardworking constituents care about,” said Grimm spokesman Nick Iacono. “He is completely unqualified for the job and is trying to fool everyone with trite, feel good phrases he was taught to parrot by national, progressive liberals. He has been completely devoid of any facts and original ideas, which becomes more and more apparent every time he opens his mouth…and that’s exactly why his campaign is hiding him tonight.”
After an embarrassing performance at this weekend’s televised ABC 7 debate on Up Close with Diana Williams, Domenic Recchia declined an invitation to attend the annual “Meet the Candidates Forum” tonight hosted by the Pleasant Plains, Prince’s Bay, Richmond Valley Civic Association on the South Shore of Staten Island. The forum will have candidates from the top to the bottom of the ballot for voters in that community, including gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino. Despite the fact that Recchia claims that he has agreed to several debates with Congressman Grimm, two of the events he continues to reference (the Staten Island Advance Editorial Board meeting and the Iron Hills Civic Association debate) are closed to the general public and outside press.
Here’s a Few Reasons Why Recchia Might Be Ducking Public Debates and Forums:
- “When asked questions, Recchia puts one word after the next in pretty much the way a toddler puts one foot after the next. Which, thanks to a compilation of lowlights on ‘The Daily Show,’ has made him a national laughingstock. …Recchia tried bluffing his way through questions about health care, foreign policy and economic development with vague utterances about helping small businesses, killing terrorists and lowering insurance rates.” – New York Daily News Editorial
- “Afterward, Recchia was asked by reporters why he wasn’t able to answer questions during the debate, such as how much money came to Staten Islanders from the Hurricane Sandy aid bill or the name of a flood insurance bill. …During the course of the 30-minute debate, Grimm and Recchia argued several times, mostly because Recchia interrupted Grimm while he was speaking.” - Staten Island Advance
- “The Democrat stumbled, however, when the topic moved to Hurricane Sandy — a key issue in the shorefront communities of the Staten Island/Brooklyn congressional district he hopes to represent. When Grimm quizzed him on how much federal funding went toward Sandy aid, Recchia blanched.” - New York Post
- “Grimm, in turn, repeatedly challenged Recchia with questions the Democrat could not answer, such as how much money was appropriated by Congress in 2013 to help Hurricane Sandy victims… ‘You tell me, you said you know so much,’ Recchia answered defensively. Grimm had the number at his fingertips: $1.8 billion… Recchia also came up short when Channel 7 anchor Diana Williams asked him to name the flood insurance bill passed after the storm. “The bill that would lower premiums,” was his answer. The law is known as the Biggert-Waters Act, Williams told him.” - New York Daily News
- “But Mr. Recchia, perhaps destined to forever be pushed for details, was asked about whether he had trouble answering some of Ms. Williams’ questions — and whether he knew the name of that insurance legislation.” - New York Observer
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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RECCHIA TO SKIP YET ANOTHER DEBATE AGAINST CONGRESSMAN GRIMM
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
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org 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.