The Legislative Ethics Commission formally announced its $330,000 fine against former Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez for sexually harassing women who worked in his office.
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We need YOU to call Grimm’s office today to make sure that he does! The good news is that CongressmanMichael Grimm signed onto a letter with 18 other Republicans urging the House leadership to take action on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and pass a bill that “reaches all victims.”
The bad news is that the House is considering another watered down version of VAWA that will negatively impact protections for Native American women and strip out anti-discrimination language for LGBT individuals. This weakened version of the bill we be voted on THIS THURSDAY, February 28th!
Please, take a few minutes to call Grimm’s office (202.225.3371/local phone numbers below).
Here’s what you can say: I am a constituent from [Borough], New York, and my name is [______]. I’m calling about the Violence Against Women Act. I want to thank Congressman Grimm for signing a letter to demand action on VAWA and passing a bill that will reach all victims. I urge Congressman Grimm to stick to his convictions and vote NO on the House substitute bill and YES on the bipartisan Senate version of VAWA S.47. VAWA can and must protect all victims.
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY 11th District) (202) 225-3371Legis. Dir.: Aaron Ringel email@example.com
Staten Island Office: 265 New Dorp Lane, 2nd FloorPhone: (718) 351-1062 Fax: (718) 980-0768
Brooklyn Office: 7308 13th AvenuePhone: (718) 630-5277 Fax: (718) 630-5388
First though, the committee will defer to a separate investigation from the Justice Department, which is also looking into whether Grimm, who recently won reelection over Democrat Mark Murphy, is guilty of a number of infractions.
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Halloween: a time for terror and treats. We have one of each for you!
A terrifying reality is that Michael Grimm is up for re-election this November. He is the only rep from New York City to be a part of the recent war on women. He wants to de-fund the U.S. family planning program, hopes to diminish sex education in New York City Schools, and aims to restrict access to abortion, healthcare, and family planning services for New Yorkers.
The scariest thing we can think of this Halloween is of votes cast the weekend after for Michael Grimm. Take action and get out the vote in your local community against this man. Support Mark Murphy in his efforts against Grimm and the war on women.
And now for a treat!
NOW-NYC is having a costume contest for a NOW-Inspired Halloween outfit. Whether you dress up as the (Michael) Grimm Reaper or something else, make sure it is something creative that we would like to see! Think political activists, important champions for women’s rights, or something satirical (a woman in a binder, maybe?). The deadline for submissions in November 4th since Halloween falls mid-week this year. Send your submissions to Contact@nownyc.org with the subject line “Halloween Costume Contest.” The winner gets a free membership to NOW!
Democrat Mark Murphy brought in more campaign donations than his GOP rival, Rep. Michael Grimm, in the latest fundraising quarter.
Murphy raised $323,000 compared to Grimm’s $250,000, between July 1 and Sept. 30, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records.
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Murphy said Ryan’s budget plan “and extremist policy agenda” will “devastate the middle class and harm the lives of countless seniors.”
Murphy said Ryan’s Medicare reform proposal will “eliminate traditional Medicare as we know it” and will “overburden seniors with skyrocketing increases in costs.”
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An Israeli businessman and former fundraiser for Congressman Michael Grimm has been released from prison on $1.5 million bail following his recent arrest for allegedly misrepresenting his financial status while applying for a visa to the United States.
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First Grimm claims that the vandalism against his office was politically motivated and included wiping his office computers clean of memory and important documents. Then Grimm compares the vandalism to the Arizona shooting of Rep Gabrielle Giffords. All the while, the vandalism was carried out by a group of 13-year olds and was not in fact politically motivated.
From the S.I. Advance:
“Instead of waiting for the N.Y.P.D. to finish their investigations, the Congressman jumped to conclusions by declaring it a political conspiracy. The congressman went so far as to compare it to the tragic shootings in Tucson, Arizona that left six people dead and multiple people wounded - including Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Such a statement is inexcusable and defies logic.”
He added: “Congressman Grimm should apologize at once for making that statement since it is appears that the whole rush to judgment on his part was merely an act of juvenile vandalism. “
When Congressman Michael Grimm’s (NY-11) good friend Thomas Kontogiannis was convicted of bribery, Congressman Grimm shamelessly sent a letter to the judge asking for leniency. Now that Congressman Grimm’s top fundraiser, Ofer Biton, has been arrested by the FBI, will Grimm repeat the gesture? Biton is asking a judge for leniency today, and the only question is whether his buddy Congressman Grimm will be there to lend a helping hand.
“Congressman Grimm has surrounded himself with criminals for years, even lobbying judges to show leniency to a convicted fraudster,” said Josh Schwerin, Northeast Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Many observers already believe Biton’s arrest was connected to the ongoing FBI investigation into Congressman Grimm himself, so it would come as no surprise if Grimm were to help his fundraiser out and repeat the favor he already performed for a convicted fraudster.”
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THE FEDS are turning up the heat on Rep. Michael Grimm’s top fundraiser, who was denied bail Friday and faces stepped-up extortion charges.
Grimm, a former FBI agent, has denied any wrongdoing.