Michael Grimm

Michael Grimm

NEW YORK's 11th DISTRICT

Rep. Grimm to Mayor de Blasio: "Closing the Verrazano Bridge is Simply Not an Option"

2014/08/07

Staten Island, NY– Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C,I-NY) issued the following statement and sent the accompanying letter calling on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to deny permits for a proposed protest march across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on August 23, 2014:

“Staten Island already bears the burden as the traffic and pothole capital of the country, not to mention having the most exorbitant toll in the nation. To close our only direct passage to the rest of the City on a summer travel weekend is a recipe for total disaster" Rep. Grimm said. "There's a reason the bridge has rarely been closed in its 50-year history; because the major disruption and safety risks are massive: our small businesses – already coping with the outrageous tolls - would bear an even greater financial burden, families would be severely impacted, and the Staten Island Expressway would be a parking lot. FDNY and EMT facilities in southern Brooklyn that serve Staten Island's north shore neighborhoods would be cut off in the event of an emergency, and that is unacceptable."

With the Bayonne Bridge closed during the proposed march, the already heavily congested Goethals Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing would be the only way on or off Staten Island. The Verrazano’s annual closure for the New York City Marathon and Five Borough Bike Tour take place after several months of intense planning and emergency preparedness measures.

"There's no question that a fair, unbiased review of the circumstances surrounding Mr. Garner's tragic death must go forward, but there is an appropriate time, place, and manner of holding a demonstration without wreaking total havoc on a community of almost half-a-million hardworking Staten Islanders." Rep. Grimm concluded, "The fact remains: the people of New York elected Bill de Blasio - not Al Sharpton - and it's time for the Mayor to stand up, show some true leadership, and deny these permits to close the Verrazano bridge.”

 

See below for the text of the letter sent to Mayor de Blasio today:

 

The Honorable Bill de Blasio

Mayor, City of New York

City Hall

New York, NY 10007

 

Dear Mayor de Blasio:

It has been reported that a protest march which would result in the total or partial closure of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is scheduled for Saturday, August 23rd at 1pm. My purpose in writing is to request that you deny the issuance of permits that would be needed for such an event to occur.

Without question, I strongly support the right to peaceably assemble and speak out on matters of justice as each citizen sees fit. However, I object to this proposed shut-down of the Verrazano given the widespread implications it would have on residents of Staten Island and elsewhere who could face significant travel disruptions and diminished emergency services. As you well know, the Verrazano is Staten Island’s only land-based connection to the City and is rarely closed for non-emergency purposes, with the exception of the New York City Marathon and Five Borough Bike Tour, both of which are planned for months ahead of time. This march is scheduled to occur in just over two weeks.

Relevant judicial rulings have consistently held that protests and demonstrations may be limited in terms of time, manner, and circumstance in order to preserve public safety and order, thus making the decision to deny these permits both legal and prudent. The bridge is a vexing traffic bottleneck with which Staten Islanders must regularly contend. To further burden and disrupt this vital thoroughfare for a protest march that could just as easily take place on many other parts of Staten Island would be a serious mistake, and I hope that you will use your authority as Mayor to ensure a march on the Verrazano Bridge is not permitted.

Sincerely,

MICHAEL G. GRIMM

Member of Congress

Rep. Michael G. Grimm (NY-11) represents Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn, encompassing both sides of the Verrazano Bridge, in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

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Rep. Grimm Hails Passage of House VA Reform Bill

2014/07/30

WASHINGTON, DC – TODAY, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C,I-NY) issued the following statement hailing the House of Representatives’ passage of an extensive Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reform bill (H.R. 3230 - The Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act) aimed at correcting the vast systemic failures that have left thousands of our nation’s veterans without adequate medical care:

“I’m proud that the House of Representatives rose above partisan politics today and did what was right for the brave men and women who have served our great country,” Rep. Grimm said.  “This reform bill will provide the resources, the restructuring, and most importantly the accountability to demand that the VA finally gives our veterans the care and dignity that they unquestionably deserve – it’s a black mark on our history as a nation, however, that our vets were put in such a deplorable position in the first place.”

Yesterday, the Senate unanimously confirmed former U.S. Army officer and Procter & Gamble chief Robert McDonald as the next VA Secretary. “Continued vigilance and follow-through will be crucial…we simply cannot accept a single brave veteran falling through the cracks and waiting to die on a secret list.” Rep. Grimm concluded, “If the greatest, most exceptional nation in the world is to truly live up to that reputation, then we must demand nothing less for our veterans. I call on the Senate to waste no time in passing this bill before breaking for recess so that every veteran who has answered the call to serve knows that help is finally on the way.”  

 

H.R. 3230’s most significant reforms include:

·        Allowing any veteran enrolled in the VA health care system who cannot get an appointment at a VA hospital within 30 days to receive VA-covered medical care at certain non-VA facilities.

·        Augmenting the VA’s ability to demand accountability by:

o   Authorizing the VA to fire or demote Senior Executive Service (SES) employees and Title 38 SES equivalent employees for poor performance or misconduct.

o   Prohibiting SES employees from receiving pay, bonuses, and benefits during any appeal of disciplinary action.

o   Reducing funding for bonuses available to VA employees by $40 million each year through Fiscal Year (FY) 2024.

·        Establishing an independent assessment of VA medical care and establishing a Congressional Commission on Care to evaluate access to care throughout the VA health care system.

·        Increasing the VA’s capacity to provide timely care to veterans and address the backlog by:

o   Providing $5 billion to increase access to care through the hiring of physicians and other medical staff and by improving VA’s physical infrastructure.

o   Authorizing 27 major medical facility leases in 18 states and Puerto Rico.

 

Rep. Michael G. Grimm (NY-11) is a Marine combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm and represents Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn in the U.S. House of Representatives. New York’s 11th Congressional District is home to a VA hospital in Ft. Hamilton, Brooklyn.

The House of Representatives passed the VA reform bill, H.R. 3230, the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 on July 30, 2014, by a vote of 420 – 5.

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Rep. Grimm Statement on 49th Anniversary of Medicare

2014/07/30

WASHINGTON, DC – TODAY, on the 49th anniversary of the enactment of Medicare, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C,I-NY) issued the following statement decrying Obamacare’s draconian cuts to Medicare and Medicare Advantage and renewing the call to reject policies like Obamacare that threaten the program’s solvency and sustainability. Recently, independent research reports concluded that over 31,000 Medicare Advantage recipients in Staten Island and Brooklyn will see a $4,173.97 reduction in their benefits from 2014 to 2015 (24.39%), the 7th largest cut out of all 435 Congressional Districts in the country:

“Thousands of seniors in Staten Island and Brooklyn rely on Medicare for their basic health needs, which is why I have been a vocal opponent of Obamacare and its crippling $716 billion cut to Medicare” Rep. Grimm said. As out-of-pocket costs continue to rise in traditional Medicare, more and more seniors are choosing Medicare Advantage plans because they offer greater financial predictability and better benefits. Over 31,000 seniors in Staten Island and more in Brooklyn are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ July 2014 report.

In order to help fund Obamacare, seniors in Staten Island and Brooklyn will see a $4,173.97 reduction in their Medicare Advantage benefits from 2014 to 2015 (24.39%), the 7th largest cut out of all 435 Congressional Districts in the country. “This is not a responsible long-term solution, it’s just robbing Peter to pay Paul, and it’s beyond ridiculous to ask seniors who depend on Medicare to foot the bill for the bloated, tangled mess that is Obamacare.”

 

State

 

 

 

 

NY

 

District

 

 

 

11

Quality and Risk- Adjusted Average Rate for 2015

 

 

$13013.47

 

Pre-ACA Baseline Risk- Adjusted Rate for 2015

 

 

$17187.34

 

Change from Pre-ACA to Post-ACA (dollars)

 

 

 

-$4173.87

 

 

 

Change from Pre-ACA to Post-ACA (percent)

 

 

 

-24.28%

 

 

 

 

*“Medicare Advantage Cuts Felt in Every Congressional District” – July 2014

 

This news comes as Rep. Grimm’s office has assisted many Staten Islanders in recent months who are coping with disastrous, sometimes life-threatening disruptions to their medical care resulting from the implementation of Obamacare. Rep. Grimm, who has cosponsored legislation to provide support services for seniors, has consistently voted to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a comprehensive reform plan that would spare Americans from the devastating consequences of Obamacare.  

Rep. Grimm concluded, “If we want to ensure that essential programs like Medicare and Medicare Advantage remain available to seniors for another 49 years and beyond, then we have to put a stop to misguided laws like Obamacare that are driving them towards bankruptcy and extinction.”   

 

Rep. Michael G. Grimm (NY-11) represents Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Rep. Grimm Seeks Answers on City’s Redevelopment Plans for Sandy-Ravaged Neighborhoods

2014/07/29

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C,I-NY) sent a letter (included below) and issued the accompanying statement seeking answers and greater transparency from the de Blasio administration regarding its plans to redevelop Sandy-damaged properties acquired by the City through the Acquisition for Redevelopment Program (ARP):

 

“We still have absolutely no idea what plans the City has in store for these properties and when they will make them known to the communities that will obviously be affected, especially the hard-hit neighborhoods along Staten Island’s shoreline” Rep. Grimm said. The Acquisition for Redevelopment Program was established with federal funds from the 2013 Sandy Relief Bill and allows the State to purchase private property from owners which the City may then redevelop rather than returning the land to nature.

 

“The only reason we were able to strike a bipartisan deal and secure $60 billion for the Sandy Relief Bill was by guaranteeing that the funds would be used solely for disaster recovery, resiliency, and mitigation” Rep. Grimm continued.  The Mayor’s announced plan to bring 200,000 units of affordable housing to the five boroughs, coupled with previous statements indicating a desire to use Sandy recovery resources to address so-called “greater wrongs” have led to concerns that the Mayor will take advantage of ARP to bring low-income housing development to Sandy-damaged neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Staten Island.

 

Rep. Grimm concluded, “If the City breaks this promise and uses recovery resources to support low-income housing development in Sandy-ravaged neighborhoods, that will make it almost impossible to secure adequate funding for future storms and disasters. I only hope that the Mayor realizes this danger and understands that the people of Staten Island and Brooklyn have a right to know what his plans are for their neighborhoods.”

 

Rep. Michael G. Grimm (NY-11) represents Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

See Below for Text of Letter Sent to Mayor de Blasio and City Officials Today:

 

July 29, 2014

 

The Honorable Bill de Blasio

Mayor, City of New York

City Hall

New York, NY 10007

 

Dear Mayor de Blasio:

 

I write with regard to the City’s Acquisition for Redevelopment Program, which was created with federal funds to assist New York City residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

 

As you will recall, this program was created essentially as a complement to the State’s Buy-Out program – while properties purchased through the State program are forever given back to nature, tracts acquired through the City program can be rebuilt upon. This is a sensible approach in that it provides more options to many Sandy-impacted homeowners who do not live in areas that are eligible for the State program but want the option of selling their property and using the proceeds to find a new home. 

 

An issue of growing interest and concern, however, is what precisely the City and your administration will be doing with properties obtained through the program. The Memorandum of Understanding makes it clear that while the acquisitions will be funded by New York State, the title of the acquired property will be transferred to New York City or a non-profit designated by the City within six months.

 

It was recently reported that the City is seeking to sell property in Queens that is worth millions for $1, with the provision that the property would be re-zoned and the buyer build a below-market housing complex. This circumstance feeds serious concerns that the City will use property obtained in Staten Island through the Acquisition program to similarly advance your housing agenda, spurring development and population density which communities in Staten Island simply cannot accommodate. The placement of new, below-market housing that does not fit with the character and infrastructure of these coastline neighborhoods could fundamentally change and overwhelm these areas that are still trying to recover from Sandy’s devastating impact. I hope that you can provide assurances that property acquired through a Sandy recovery program will not be used to introduce new housing arrangements that exceed a neighborhood’s capacity and character.

 

Your attention and response to this matter is most appreciated.

 

Sincerely,Michael G. GrimmMember of Congress

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Rep. Grimm Opposes Plan to House Undocumented Immigrants in NYC

2014/07/26

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C,I-NY) issued the following statement in response to New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s recent comments in support of New York City accepting and housing undocumented immigrants flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border:

“The Speaker talks about our obligation to respond to a humanitarian crisis at the border, but what about the unresolved crisis right here in Staten Island and Brooklyn with countless families still struggling to get back in their homes 19 months after Sandy” Rep. Grimm said. "Where are our priorities? The City Council Speaker’s priorities are just as deluded as the President’s - if we're going to allocate resources shouldn’t we do so for those that have earned that obligation, like our veterans? Our nation’s heroes are coping with record-high homelessness not to mention failing to receive the basic healthcare they deserve. Before spending resources to house undocumented immigrants, doesn’t the City have a real obligation to help people like our veterans who risked life and limb for this country or the hardworking families ravaged by Sandy who want to be reunited back in their homes?” Rep. Grimm concluded, “Although it is heartbreaking what these children crossing the border are experiencing, if the City has the ability to house people in need then it should be used for the record amount of homeless veterans and displaced Sandy victims before anyone else.”

 

Rep. Michael G. Grimm (NY-11) represents Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Rep. Grimm Decries Massive Obamacare Cut to Medicare Advantage Benefits

2014/07/23

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C,I-NY) issued the following statement reacting to a recent research study indicating that Medicare Advantage recipients in his district (NY-11), including over 31,000 seniors living in Staten Island and Brooklyn, will see an unprecedented $4,173.97 reduction in their benefits from 2014 to 2015 (24.39%), the 7th largest cut out of all 435 Congressional Districts in the country.

“Thanks to President Obama’s disastrous healthcare law, seniors in Staten Island and Brooklyn will see crippling cuts to the crucial benefits they rely on for their medical care” Rep. Grimm said. Overall, Obamacare cuts $716 billion from Medicare; which is headed for bankruptcy in as early as ten years. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ July 2014 report, over 31,000 seniors in Staten Island and Brooklyn are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. “This is not a responsible long-term solution, it’s just robbing Peter to pay Paul, and it’s beyond ridiculous to ask seniors who depend on Medicare to foot the bill for the bloated, tangled mess that is Obamacare.”

 

State

 

 

 

 

NY

 

District

 

 

 

 

11

 

Quality and Risk- Adjusted Average Rate for 2015

 

 

 

$13013.47

 

Pre-ACA Baseline Risk- Adjusted Rate for 2015

 

 

 

$17187.34

 

Change from Pre-ACA to Post-ACA (dollars)

 

 

 

-$4173.87

 

Change from Pre-ACA to Post-ACA (percent)

   

 

-24.28%

 

 

*“Medicare Advantage Cuts Felt in Every Congressional District” – July 2014

 

This study comes as Rep. Grimm’s office has assisted many Staten Islanders in recent months who are coping with disastrous, sometimes life-threatening disruptions to their medical care resulting from the implementation of Obamacare. Rep. Grimm, who has cosponsored legislation to provide support services for seniors, has consistently voted to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a comprehensive reform plan that would spare Americans from the devastating consequences of Obamacare.  

Rep. Grimm concluded, “The evidence is clear, the President and his liberal allies sold the American people a rotten bill of goods that is raising their premiums, slashing their benefits, dropping them from their health plans, and endangering access to their trusted doctors.”

 

Rep. Michael G. Grimm (NY-11) represents Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Rep. Grimm Pays Tribute to Fallen Staten Island Firefighter Lt. Gordon “Matt” Ambelas

2014/07/15

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C,I-NY) addressed the U.S. House of Representatives to pay tribute to fallen FDNY Firefighter Lieutenant Gordon “Matt” Ambelas and to commemorate Ambelas’ incredible heroism in the Congressional Record. Lieutenant Ambelas, a 40 year-old Staten Island husband and father of two young girls, heroically gave his life while searching for victims during a Brooklyn fire on July 5, 2014.  

           

You may view Rep. Grimm’s tribute to Lieutenant Ambelas here.

 

Transcript of Rep. Grimm’s Remarks

U.S. House of Representatives

July 15, 2013

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Commemorating the Memory and Heroic Sacrifice of Staten Island Fireman Lieutenant Gordon “Matt” Ambelas

“Mister Speaker, it is with a heavy heart, but also a swelling of pride, that I rise before this House today to honor the memory and the heroic sacrifice of one of the FDNY’s bravest; Lieutenant Gordon “Matt” Ambelas. Lieutenant Ambelas, a veteran Staten Island fireman with 14 years of distinguished service, tragically gave his life this past Fourth of July weekend. He was attempting to rescue victims trapped in a horrific blaze in Brooklyn. Lieutenant Ambelas, who leaves behind a devoted wife and 2 beautiful girls, is New York’s first firefighter to fall in the line of duty since 2012. And while a family and a community mourn the excruciating loss of one of their finest native sons - one of their most dedicated protectors - Lieutenant Ambelas is a testament to the uncommon courage and sacrifice at the very core of the entire FDNY family and the harrowing dangers they face in keeping America’s greatest city safe every day.

Lieutenant Ambelas died after searching the 19th floor of a burning Brooklyn housing complex, determined to leave no innocent victim behind, as the flames spread rapidly from floor to floor. Undaunted by the danger that would’ve melted the courage of most any man, Matt faced it, undeterred, head on. So I join all of my constituents in Brooklyn and Staten Island, and all New Yorkers, in acknowledging the immense debt of gratitude we all owe to Matt and his brothers in the FDNY who put our safety above their own…day-in and day-out.

While standing among those honoring Lieutenant Ambelas at his funeral on Staten Island last week, I was humbled by the valor – the incredible valor - of Matt’s actions. We watched as Matt’s brothers in uniform - especially the Beach Boys of Ladder 81 in Staten Island and the Hooper Street Gang of Ladder 119 in Brooklyn- paid their final respects to the fallen hero. Seeing first-hand the mixture of strength and despair on the faces…I saw Matt’s wife Nanette, and their beautiful daughters, Giovanna and Gabriella. This was a very stark reminder that not only do we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to fallen heroes like Matt, but also to the loving families that bear the immeasurable sacrifice right along with them.

When our nation was viciously attacked on 9/11, 343 FDNY firefighters gave their lives. Since then, 18 more, including Matt, have fallen in the line of duty. Each loss, while a weight on our hearts, adds yet another angel to that storied brotherhood of heroes. I ask all of my colleagues to join me in the remembrance and commemoration of a true American hero in every sense of the word. May God bless Lieutenant Ambelas, may he bring comfort to his young family, may he protect all our brave FDNY firefighters, and may the noble sacrifice enshrined in Matt’s memory never be forgotten.

And to you Nanette, please know that you, Gia, and Gabby, are in my thoughts and my prayers and that my heart is broken for your enormous loss.”

 

Rep. Michael G. Grimm (NY-11) represents Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Rep. Grimm Releases Statement on Murder of 3 Israeli Boys

2014/06/30

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C,I-NY) issued the following statement after the bodies of 3 Israeli boys - Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naphtali Freankel - were discovered near the village of Hebron in the West Bank on Monday. The boys went missing on June 12 with evidence pointing to Hamas terrorists as the culprits behind the kidnapping and murder.

"I am shocked and saddened by the horrifying murder of these three innocent boys – Naphtali, Gilad, and Eyal - who were heinously cut down at the beginning of their young lives. Those responsible must be found and face justice so that terrorist groups like Hamas know what awaits those who target the innocent. We must send a clear message that the world will not tolerate this evil and that the right of the Israeli people to live without fear of violence and intimidation is sacred. My heartfelt prayers go out to the families of these boys, the Israeli people, and Jewish men and women throughout the world."

 

Rep. Michael G. Grimm (NY-11) represents Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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With No Specifics on Water Bill Relief for Sandy Victims, Rep. Grimm Seeks Answers from de Blasio Administration

2014/06/26

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C,I-NY) sent a letter (attached) and issued the following statement calling on the de Blasio administration to provide specifics on the Mayor’s announced plan to provide water fee relief for Sandy survivors who have used little or no water in their storm-damaged homes. Even if a home uses no water during a billing period, homeowners are subject to a minimum charge from the City of $1.19 per day. Since this problem first became apparent, Rep. Grimm, along with other elected officials and affected Staten Island homeowners, have called on the City to waive the fees.

“Ever since we discovered Sandy victims were getting slapped with these absurd water bills, I’ve been fighting to get the City to provide them with the relief they deserve. After getting nowhere with the Bloomberg administration I was initially optimistic when Mayor de Blasio pledged to address the problem, but it’s now been several months without a single update on any of the specifics.” Rep. Grimm concluded, “Countless Staten Islanders are still struggling to rebuild their lives after Sandy and they simply can’t afford any more delay, which is why I’m hoping the Mayor will respond to my request to provide an update as soon as possible.”

Rep. Grimm’s calls were echoed by Staten Island residents and Sandy recovery advocates as well. “When I heard that Mayor de Blasio wanted to help people like me and so many others who are still out of their homes and still getting charged by the City for water, I was ecstatic,” said Tommy Cunsolo, founder of Sandy recovery non-profit the Staten Island Alliance. “The Staten Island Alliance is ready to do work with City officials in helping to make this proposal a reality.”

Rep. Grimm’s letter to the Mayor on Thursday reiterated the Congressman’s support for the Mayor’s water bill relief plan and inquired as to what steps were needed to bring it to fruition. Specifically, Rep. Grimm asked for clarity on the important question of whether continued collaboration between the City, the Governor, and the State Legislature would be necessary. “I strongly support your proposal. What I am looking for now is information about what is being done, and how I, and other Staten Island officials, can assist you…” Rep. Grimm said in the letter.

 

Rep. Grimm represents all of Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Grimm has been a consistent and vocal advocate for the need to provide water bill relief for Sandy victims whose homes were destroyed or rendered uninhabitable by Superstorm Sandy.

See the letter below sent to Mayor de Blasio:

 

 

June 26, 2014

 

The Honorable Bill de Blasio

Mayor, City of New York

City Hall

New York, NY 10007

 

Dear Mayor de Blasio:

Back in April, you announced an important proposal to address the City’s deplorable policy of charging residents for water usage in their vacant, Sandy-damaged homes. My purpose in writing is to obtain a progress report.

Your “One City, Rebuilding Together” report released in April included a number of important new proposals aimed at providing financial relief support to Sandy-impacted homeowners. The proposal to offer “relief from city water bills for vacant homes” resonated in particular with me given my extensive efforts, going back to early last year, to waive the daily fees Sandy victims were being charged by the City for water they were not using. As you know, homeowners knocked out of their homes by Sandy are still charged a minimum of $1.19 a day by the City for water services.

I strongly support your proposal. What I am looking for now is information about what is being done, and how I, and other Staten Island officials, can assist you in making this proposal a reality. When I urged the previous Administration to take action on this matter, I was regularly told that the City was not able to waive these fees, as action by the State Legislature and Governor was necessary for these fees to be waived. I would like to know if this sort of collaboration with State officials is underway, and if not, what other course of action is being taken to achieve our shared goal. 

I know many residents who are still out of their homes and are still being charged by the City will appreciate any signs of progress in the effort to relieve them of this absurd City fee. Therefore, I appreciate any information you can provide on this matter.

 

Sincerely,

Michael G. Grimm

Member of Congress 

 

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Rep. Grimm takes to House Floor, Issues Call to Action against School Bullying

2014/06/25

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R,C,I-NY) took to the floor of the House of Representatives to issue an urgent call to action against the growing bullying epidemic in New York City schools, urging his colleagues to support anti-bullying measures and demanding accountability from those charged with reporting and addressing instances of harassment in public schools. The New York Post and the Staten Island Advance have both covered troubling instances of bullying in recent weeks, which highlight the tragic consequences of this growing problem:

Please see below for a transcript of Rep. Grimm’s remarks and click here to view video of his floor speech on the House floor today:

“Madam Speaker, I rise unfortunately today to call attention to a growing epidemic that is plaguing families across our country, and particularly in my district in Staten Island and Brooklyn. This week, the New York Post and the Staten Island Advance mentioned the story of an 11-year-old student, Cyon Williams. Cyon’s struggle is with unaddressed bullying which drove him to contemplate violence and suicide. Think about that…an 11-year-old boy contemplating violence and suicide. Just a few weeks ago, I met with this bright and very impressive young man along with his mother at their home. I have to tell you it was an absolutely heartbreaking story to see this very mild-mannered, very nice, polite, respectful young man tell me a heartbreaking story of how he’s terrified to go to school every day, but yet he’s yearning to read and to learn. Unfortunately Madam Speaker, Cyon is far from alone. There’s an example of  a tragic suicide of a 15-year-old Tottenville student back in 2012, and that suicide proves all too well that this epidemic is continuing.

In her memory, and the memory of countless innocent children victimized by bullying – it’s time that we all say enough is enough. We must demand accountability from those charged with addressing bullying in our schools. Especially in New York City, where 1 in 5 public school students are victimized by abusive peers.

I’m calling on all of my colleagues to join me in cosponsoring H.R. 1199, the Safe Schools Improvement Act. This would require all public schools to establish policies to combat bullying.

We owe it to all of our young adults, and to demand safe learning environments where they can grow and develop in a peaceful environment. Thank you.”

 

Rep. Michael G. Grimm (NY-11) represents Staten Island and parts of southern Brooklyn in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressman has supported anti-bullying legislation in the House, including H.R. 1199, the Safe Schools Improvement Act which requires public schools to establish policies that prevent and prohibit severe conduct, including bullying and harassment, as well as H.R. 2734, the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Reauthorization which reauthorizes funding to states (including New York) and colleges to reduce youth suicide and expand drug abuse outreach on college campuses.

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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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