After a day of searing criticism from Democrats and Republicans across the northeast, the House Republican leadership announced this afternoon that it would allow a couple of urgent votes on relief aid for states affected by Hurricane Sandy.
After a meeting with members of New York's congressional delegation today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would travel to Washington and personally lobby House Republican Speaker John Boehner, if it would help advance the state's $42-billion request for federal aid.
"We appreciated the emotional support" from federal and local officials after Hurricane Sandy, Cuomo told reporters this afternoon in Manhattan, but said, "we need financial support," and "we need it sooner rather than later."
The House Ethics Committee released a statement concerning its inquiry into Rep. Michael Grimm's fund-raising practices today, asserting its jurisdiction over the matter, but announcing it would defer to the Department of Justice.
"The Department of Justice has asked the Committee to defer consideration of this matter and the Committee, following precedent, unanimously voted to defer consideration of this matter at this time," the committee said in a statement posted to its website.
Freshman Republican Michael Grimm, who has faced a series of alleged scandals connected to his fund-raising, his work as an F.B.I. agent, and his private sector connections, has widened his lead over his little-known Democratic challenger, Mark Murphy, according to a new Siena poll.
Grimm now leads Murphy by 18 points, 52-34, with 14 percent undecided, among likely voters in the 11th district that includes Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn.
"Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo may be coming to a swing state new you." [Thomas Kaplan]
A federal court in Manhattan ruled the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. [CBS]
Bill Clinton will be campaigning upstate tomorrow. [Joseph Spector]
In an email to me, Danko also said, Grimm attended a Romney-Ryan event in Manhattan last night and is planning on attending tonight's presidential debate at Hofstra University.
Former mayor Ed Koch will host a fund-raiser for Staten Island congressional candidate Mark Murphy next week.
Koch will be joined by Brooklyn Councilman Dominic Recchia and former congressman Michael McMahon, who held the seat until 2010, when he was beaten by Republican Michael Grimm.(1)
Rep. Michael Grimm's campaign released this ad featuring Rudy Gluliani, who looks straight at the camera and implores viewers not to "be fooled by shameful attacks in the media."
"He seems to have, every other week, another problem," Doherty said. "It just keeps popping up...If you're reasonable, you have to ask, 'What's the new problem? What's going on here?' "
Representative Michael Grimm, who polls show to be leading his Democratic opponent in his race for re-election, is at the center of another odd controversy. Previously: the thing with the gun in the nightclub and the thing with the bundling rabbi's aide, for which Grimm's fund-raising operation is under investigation.)
Rep. Todd Akin, U.S. Senate candidate and major inconvenience to Mitt Romney, tried to clarify his "legitimate rape" comment yesterday by saying in a radio interview he really meant to say "forcible rape."
According to some House Republicans, there is exactly one man who can ensure that Paul Ryan's controversial budget plan isn't the electoral drag that handed Democrats an upstate House seat and continues to suffer in polls.
That man is Paul Ryan.
"People have said that the Ryan budget is unpopular," Representative Peter King told me this morning. "It may be, but Paul wasn't there to defend it."(1)
Rep. Michael Grimm said, "If a maniac wants to shoot a lot of people, extended magazines aren't going to prevent them if they didn't have them. They're going to carry an extra gun. Or they're going to tape clips together like they do in the military. There's so many other ways around it that I don't think it's an effective solution."(1)
There were no partisan defections among the New York delegation in this afternoon's party line vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.(1)
Staten Island Democrat Mark Murphy raised just over $112,000 since the end of March, according to the latest pre-primary filings with the Federal Election Commission.
The total gives Murphy just over $176,000 in cash on hand, and includes donations from the political action committees of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a few of potential colleagues in the New York delegation: Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler and Eliot Engel.(3)