STATEN ISLAND, NY – TODAY, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C,I-NY) issued the following statement praising FEMA’s announcement that the reforms in his bill to repeal catastrophic flood insurance rate increases will begin taking effect starting May 1, 2014:
“After pressuring FEMA to cut through the red tape, I’m grateful that the agency wasted no time in implementing the parts of my bill that undo the most catastrophic rate increases facing homeowners” Rep. Grimm said.
As FEMA announced, effective May 1, 2014, the NFIP Direct Servicing Agent and Write Your Own companies will begin to adjust rates for all new applications for eligible properties by using the rate tables issued effective October 1, 2013. The use of the October 2013 rate tables are an interim step while FEMA develops new rate tables and guidance to process and issue refunds for policyholders who were charged full-risk premiums under Biggert Waters and are now eligible for the lower rate. “That is exactly why I fought so hard to ensure that the bill was retroactive” Rep. Grimm added.
Early signs of the devastating consequences of Biggert-Waters came when real estate closings across the country were being stopped at the table once buyers saw the "sticker-shock" of their new flood insurance policy. Beginning May 1st, insurance rates for flood-prone residents and home buyers will start to stabilize, preventing a catastrophic housing market crisis.
Rep. Grimm concluded, “I was proud to deliver these real results for the hard-working families on Staten Island and Brooklyn, who can now enjoy the freedom and security to keep, rebuild, or sell their home without having to worry about crippling flood insurance payments. I look forward to working with FEMA to speed up the next phase of relief by providing refunds to those who were forced to pay the full-risk rates before Congress passed my reform bill this past March.”
The President signed Rep. Michael G. Grimm’s (NY-11) flood insurance reform bill, H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 on March 21, 2014.
This stage of implementation affects properties that are pre-FIRM (built before 1983 in New York City) that were subject to the most immediate and draconian increases under the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. These pre-FIRM properties are:
1) Sold to a new owner after July 6 2012
2) Purchased a new policy after July 6, 2012
3) Had a policy lapse after October 4, 2012 and subsequently reinstated coverage.
Starting on October 1, 2013 these policy types had all subsidies removed and were subjected to immediate full risk rates. These increase were the cause of the sky rocketing premiums attributed to Biggert-Waters. As of May 1, 2014 FEMA is requiring policy renewals and newly purchased properties to revert to the subsidized rates that were in effect prior to October 1, 2013. Refunds for full risk rates already paid on prior policies will still take time to be processed.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-NY) issued the following statement highlighting his ongoing efforts to secure funds for Staten Island Ferry resiliency and modernization. In light of recent news concerning the fleet’s potential safety vulnerabilities, Rep. Grimm also announced his request for a formal briefing with U.S. Coast Guard representatives to review the agency’s ferry certification process:
After Superstorm Sandy significantly damaged electrical equipment and terminal infrastructure at the St. George and Whitehall terminals requiring extensive repairs, Rep. Grimm successfully fought to ensure that the Sandy Relief bill passed by Congress last year included $1.3 billion dollars to shore up identified vulnerabilities in the ferry transit system. Rep. Grimm has been strongly advocating for and urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to support the NYC DOT’s request for a $265 million Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Resiliency Grant to safeguard and upgrade the ferry system.
“Considering the immense damage Sandy wrought on the ferry system’s electrical infrastructure on top of the intense wear-and-tear endured by the vessels, I’ve consistently fought to ensure that the NYC DOT has the resources necessary to keep these boats safe for the thousands of my constituents who use the SI ferry each and every day.” Rep. Grimm said.
“Clearly more work needs to be done to verify that these funds are being used efficiently to actually addresses the ferry system’s most urgent needs.” Rep. Grimm continued. “When it comes to our public transportation system, safety must always be our top priority. That’s why I requested a formal meeting today with the U.S. Coast Guard to review the ferry’s certification process and consider any changes that should be made to ensure the continued safety of the passengers and crew on board.”
Rep. Grimm represents all of Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn in the U.S. House of Representatives, with thousands of his constituents utilizing Staten Island Ferry services each and every day. Rep. Grimm is also the Co-Chair of the Congressional Public Transportation Caucus, a bipartisan coalition of members dedicated to highlighting and supporting the issues, challenges, and needs of mass transit agencies and the passengers they serve.
WASHINGTON, DC – TODAY, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-SI/Brooklyn) issued the following statement offering his best wishes to the U.S.’s Greek and Cypriot allies and the entire Greek-American community on the occasion of Greek Independence Day:
“I’m proud to stand today with the thousands of Greek and Cypriot Americans that I’m honored to represent and join them in celebrating the 193rd anniversary of Greece’s independence.” Rep. Grimm said. “As an active member of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Affairs, I have worked with representatives on both sides of the aisle to foster the firm bond that our government shares with the Greek-American community and the embassies of Greece and Cyprus.”
“In addition to being a dedicated political and economic ally on the world stage, centuries of hard working immigrants from Greece and their descendants have sewn deep ethnic, cultural, and religious roots that have enriched the United States,” Rep. Grimm went on to say.
“In my district alone, I have seen first-hand how Greek-American communities truly embody the American Dream, with countless impoverished immigrants coming up from nothing, building strong families, and achieving untold success in fields from Hollywood, to politics and government, to Fortune 500 businesses. This is all while preserving their proud heritage and Greek Orthodox traditions at treasured parishes like Holy Trinity - St. Nicholas Church in Bulls Head, Staten Island and the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.”
“Let us never forget that Greece’s ages-long struggle for independence and resistance against tyranny and colonization resonates with our own country’s similar crusade for freedom and self-determination against oppression.” Rep. Grimm concluded, “I am truly honored to do everything I can to ensure that the 193 years of cooperation and fellowship between our great nations continues to grow and deepen for generations to come.”
Rep. Michael G. Grimm (NY-11) represents a large population of Greek and Cypriot Americans residing in Staten Island and Brooklyn and is a Member of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Affairs
STATEN ISLAND, NY – TODAY, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-NY), issued the following statement reacting to President Obama signing his flood insurance reform bill, H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 into law:
“It is a spectacular feeling knowing that I was able to deliver such real, tangible results for the hard-working families of Staten Island, Brooklyn, and this great country” Rep. Grimm said. “To lead this effort during such a divided Congress and pass a truly bi-partisan, landmark piece of legislation makes me especially proud because it fully demonstrates why I ran for office: to actually get things done and improve the quality of life for the community and middle-class Americans. This new law does just that." Rep. Grimm continued, “It’s a victory that inspires hope: hope for the U.S. Congress, so frequently hand-cuffed by partisan gridlock; hope for the American people, doubtful of their representatives' ability to address their needs; and hope for the millions of Americans in flood-prone areas who will be spared from mass foreclosures and premium hikes thanks to this bill.”
"Having been on the ground from the very night Superstorm Sandy hit, going from destroyed home to destroyed home and regularly meeting with the victims has made me realize just how profoundly important it is for my colleagues and I to deliver results, to fix what is broken, and to put our constituents' needs first regardless of partisan politics." Rep. Grimm went on to say, "Having this bill signed into law by the President sets an example and a standard that I will work tirelessly to recreate on other important issues, because the hard-working taxpayers deserve nothing less."
“I am thankful to my colleagues for working together to make this happen, to my constituents who sent me to Congress to fight for them, and to the countless Sandy victims who never lost hope.” Rep. Grimm concluded, “I join with them in celebrating this unforgettable day, and affirming that this is the rule - not the exception - for how Congress should conduct itself in truly representing the best interest of the American people.”
President Obama signed Rep. Michael G. Grimm’s (NY-11) flood insurance reform bill, H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 on March 21, 2014. The House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 306-91 on March 4, 2014 followed by the U.S. Senate which passed it on March 13, 2014 by a vote of 72-22.
WASHINGTON, DC – TODAY, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-NY), issued the following statement reacting to the House of Representatives’ passage of his flood insurance reform bill, H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014:
“I join with my colleagues in the House and Senate, Republican and Democrat in celebrating this rare moment of harmony in a Congress increasingly defined by bitterness and resentment.” Rep. Grimm said. “It’s hard to find the words to express how incredibly proud I am to have sponsored this tremendous victory for my constituents as well as one of Congress’ most consequential bipartisan achievements in recent years.”
Rep. Grimm continued, “The passage of this bill represents a major, uplifting milestone in our city’s long road to recovery since Superstorm Sandy. These hard-fought reforms will keep hardworking families in their homes, businesses open, and restore vitality to our fragile housing market. Staten Island and Brooklyn, and countless communities across the country, will remain affordable places to live, work, and raise a family.”
“If we can find common ground on flood insurance reform, imagine what we can do to tackle other challenges like our skyrocketing national debt and unemployment epidemic.” Rep. Grimm went on to say. “At the end of the day, this vote proves that Members of Congress can truly champion the interests of the people, and I thank my colleagues, especially Representatives Maxine Waters, Bill Cassidy, Gregory Meeks, Frank Lobiondo and Majority Leader Eric Cantor for their constant humility and dedication throughout this process.”
Rep. Grimm concluded, “I hope that the passage of H.R. 3370 will serve as an example for future legislators about the good that we can provide for those we represent when we put people over politics. Without a doubt, I will always remember my vote tonight as one of the proudest moments of my life, and hold it up as a constant reminder that through true leadership, common ground is never beyond our reach.”
The House of Representatives passed H.R. 3370 under a suspension of the rules at 6:45 PM on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014, by a vote of 306 - 91
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C-NY), announced that House leadership has cleared the way for a vote on an amended version of his flood insurance reform legislation:
In announcing the House’s pending vote on the Congressman’s legislation, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA-7) praised the Congressman’s steadfast efforts to drive flood insurance negotiations over the past several months. “I applaud Congressman Grimm’s constant leadership in bringing all sides together on this important issue. His tireless work to find a solution for the National Flood Insurance Program is a testament to his dedication to his constituents” said Leader Cantor.
“I couldn’t be more proud to deliver on such an important national and local issue like fixing the skyrocketing premiums of the NFIP” Rep. Grimm stated. “Without this crucial legislation, many hardworking families in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and throughout the U.S. will be forced out of their homes, foreclosures will sharply rise, and closings will continue to be canceled, preventing the sale of many homes and ultimately devaluing the recovering, yet still fragile real estate market.
“This bill is a more comprehensive and fiscally sound approach than the Senate version and will ensure that no family is left out in the cold. Unlike the Senate version, this bill is retroactive through October 1, 2013.”
Rep. Grimm also praised his colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their continued support and cooperation on this crucial issue, “This could not have been accomplished without extensive input from Congressman Cassidy (LA-6) and Congressmen Lobiondo (NJ-2), their contributions and leadership were invaluable” Rep. Grimm said. “Additionally, I am very proud that while much of the Congress is at a stalemate, I was able to work across the aisle with many Democrat members, but specifically my friend and fellow New York member Congressman Gregory Meeks (NY-5) who refused to accept anything less than a retroactive bill, encompassing many of the Superstorm Sandy victims that would have been devastated yet again without this collaborative effort.
“Lastly, I must offer a special thank you to Majority Leader Cantor for his relentless work and commitment to this issue. Considering the strong bipartisan spirit and immense importance of this comprehensive reform, I fully expect that the amended version of H.R. 3370 will receive overwhelming support and swift passage in the House and Senate. My constituents in Staten Island and Brooklyn should rest easy that immediate flood insurance relief is well on its way.”
Rep. Grimm is a member of the House Financial Services Committee, the House Home Protection Caucus, and is the author of H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R-NY), co-chair of the House Russian Caucus, issued the following statement condemning the two terrorist attacks in Russia in advance of the Winter Olympics in Sochi:
“I strongly condemn the terrorist attacks in Russia. As we approach the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, we must not let the terrorists incite fear. The Olympics are a time for member nations to put aside their differences in the name of peaceful competition. That is why we must remain vigilant and take every threat seriously.
“We cannot sweep these threats under the rug, like we did with Benghazi or the warnings from Russia on the Tsarnaev brother behind the Boston Marathon bombing. Each time we fail to recognize these threats, we not only risk the lives of innocent Americans, but appear weaker and vulnerable in the eyes of the enemy. In doing so, we allow the terrorists to become emboldened and continue their reign of terror throughout the world – attacking us and our allies.
“The only winners in Sochi should be our athletes, which is why we must work closely with Russia and our allies to combat the threat of terrorism. That begins with taking every threat seriously and acting accordingly, so that the Winter Olympics remain a dream for athletes around the globe, instead of becoming a nightmare like Benghazi.”
Rep. Grimm is the Co-Chair of the House Russian Caucus. He served over a decade as a Special Agent in the FBI and is a Marine combat veteran of the first Gulf War.
WASHINGTON, DC – Reps. Michael G. Grimm (R-NY) and Duncan Hunter (R-CA) are calling on colleagues to join them in urging U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to make the release of Americans detained or missing in Iran a prerequisite to any nuclear deal negotiations. Yesterday, Secretary Kerry testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee where he argued against linking hostage release to the deal, stating it “prejudices” them and the negotiations. Today, Reps. Grimm and Hunter announced that that they are circulating a letter among colleagues to gain Congressional support for this effort.
“Where are our priorities as a nation?” said Rep. Grimm. “Secretary Kerry refuses to demand the release of American hostages held in Iran because he’s worried it could sour a nuclear deal. We’re putting negotiations with a state sponsor of terrorism before our own American citizens on a deal that could keep our enemy on a path to creating nuclear weapons. This is completely disgraceful! It’s time we get our priorities straight as a nation and put Americans first. There should be no negotiations with Iran on a nuclear deal until Americans detained and missing in Iran are released.”
“If Iran’s government truly wants to convince skeptics that it’s negotiating in good faith, there are certain actions that must be taken—one being the release of Americans in captivity,” said Rep. Hunter. “Until Iran is willing to show it can be trusted, the U.S. and the world must not commit to any deal that lifts sanctions and alleviates pressure.”
Currently, U.S. Marine Sergeant Amir Hekmati and Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini are being held hostage, and little information is known on former FBI Agent Robert Levinson who disappeared in Iran in 2007 while traveling.
Rep. Grimm released a statement calling for the release of the Americans shortly after the deal was announced. He is also participated in the “Free Amir” campaign, an effort of 64 Members of Congress calling for the release of detained US Marine Amir.
Reps. Grimm and Hunter are both combat veterans of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Text of the letter is below:
December XX, 2013
The Honorable John Kerry Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20520
Dear Secretary Kerry:
We are writing to request that before the United States even considers any potential deal with Iran reducing sanctions that the release of Americans held captive by their government be a pre-requisite.
While we remain strongly opposed to any reduction in sanctions on the nation of Iran and believe that this is not a good deal for America or its allies, we shouldn’t consider any type of agreement that does not include the unconditional release of American citizens held captive – such as former U.S. Marine Sergeant Amir Hekmati and Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini – and information on Former FBI Agent Robert Levinson who disappeared in 2007 while traveling in Iran.
If Iran is acting in good faith, of which we remain extremely skeptical, this will be an effective demonstration of the trust they profess a desire to build with the United States. We strongly urge you to ensure that before lifting any sanctions we should see a sign of good faith from Iran. If there is any deal endorsed by Congress, it should include the release of all detained Americans and information on the disappearance of Robert Levinson, who many believe is in Iran’s custody.
While we continue to maintain the strongest of objections to any deal that reduces international sanctions we believe it would be a missed opportunity for our nation to not take a stand and require the repatriation of all Americans held hostage by the Iranian Regime.
Michael G. Grimm Member of Congress
Duncan Hunter Member of Congress
STATEN ISLAND, NY – Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R-SI/Brooklyn) issued the following statement on the selection of Bill Bratton to be the next NYPD Police Commissioner:
“I congratulate Bill Bratton on his new role as Police Commissioner of the NYPD. With previous experience in NYC under Mayor Giuliani, he led efforts to dramatically reduce crime and homicide rates with new programs like Comstat and by implementing the “Broken Window” approach to clean up our neighborhoods and make our communities safer.
“Under his leadership, we saw a new proactive approach to law enforcement – a change from the reactive days under the Dinkins and Koch administrations – that put NYC on a new path to crime reduction and made sweeping improvements in public safety.
“Given his previous record of success as NYPD Police Commissioner, I am confident that Bill Bratton will build on the successes of Commissioner Ray Kelly and continue to make our city an even safer place to live, work, and visit.”
512 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Michael Grimm’s service to our nation began at the age of nineteen, when he left college after his freshman year and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After serving in the Persian Gulf War and being awarded a Combat Meritorious Promotion Michael returned reserve status and continued his education.
While attending college full time during the day Michael went to work as a clerk for the FBI on the midnight shift. Michael was chosen to attend the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center where he completed the Federal Police Officer Training Program. Upon returning from training, Michael was deputized as a U.S. Marshal and entrusted with full arrest authority as a Uniformed Police Officer for the FBI.
With a desire to diversify his background, Michael left the FBI for a Research Analyst position on Wall Street attaining several securities industry licenses. During this period, Michael attended Bernard M. Baruch College at night to further his education. Upon graduating with his BBA in Accountancy with a concentration in Finance, Grimm felt the pull of public service and returned to the FBI where he was appointed a Special Agent and assigned to the New York Office. Although he was assigned to investigate the Gambino Crime Family in the prestigious Organized Crime Branch, Michael found his niche fighting corruption on Wall Street as a member of the Financial Fraud Squad.
During his service in the FBI, Michael attended New York Law School at night. Special Agent Grimm was then admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut.
It was during his tenure with the Fraud Squad that Michael started his undercover career becoming the first FBI Agent to successfully infiltrate Wall Street. Posing as a hedge fund manager during Operation Wooden Nickel, arguably one of the most successful White Collar undercover investigations in the history of the FBI, Michael obtained evidence against more than 50 individuals committing frauds spanning the spectrum from stock manipulation and currency scams to money laundering. After establishing a reputation as a reliable, “go-to” undercover agent, Michael was enlisted to investigate corrupt politicians in New Jersey, corrupt police officers in Florida, and various other cases. Michael has relentlessly fought corruption and served our country proudly.
After approximately 11 years as a Special Agent and more than 5 years serving as a deep Undercover Agent, Michael decided to leave the FBI to further expand his experience and became an entrepreneur. Michael founded a small health food restaurant in Manhattan and was a principal in a bio-fuel company.
Michael Grimm is serving his second term in Congress, proudly representing Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn. He continues to fight for the issues that matter most to his district, such as combatting toll hikes, job creation, and creating a safer NYC against those who wish to do us harm. He actively led efforts to pass the Superstorm Sandy relief bill, which is now helping his district rebuild stronger and better. Rep. Grimm currently serves on the House Financial Services Committee.
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