STATEN ISLAND, N. Y. — After winning re-election by 13 points against his Democratic opponent Domenic Recchia with a 20 count indictment shadowing his congressional campaign, Congressman Michael Grimm officially stepped down from congress on January 5, a day before Congress convened.
Grimm had vowed to stay in Congress after winning his third term for as long as he could, even after pleading guilty to one count of tax evasion before the new years but later changed his mind.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to call a special election to fill the seat and has so far not indicated when he will do so. The set date of the special election must be given 70 to 80 days notice once the state is notified of the vacancy by the U.S House of Representative. There will be no primary or petition collection to determine candidacy, only party leaders from both sides will choose the candidate representing their political party.
Staten Island GOP party delegates met with Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis. The interview meeting will officially decide which of the two Republican candidates will be the pick for this once again hot congressional seat that covers all of Staten Island and part of Brooklyn.
After Grimm’s resignation, Donovan announced in a statement that he would be seeking the “endorsements of the Republican, Conservative, and Independence Parties in the upcoming special election for the NY-11 Congressional District of New York.”
Donovan, who won 65% of the vote for Staten Island D.A race in 2011 and ran for Attorney General for New York State in 2010, but lost, was a little known politician locally. He gained the national spotlight due to the controversial Eric Garner case that Donovan oversaw and believed to persuade a grand jury to indict the NYPD officer involved in this case, which occupied the media’s attention for most of 2014.
The district is considered to be a law and order district and can garnish much support needed to win this seat. Donovan is the strong favorite to win this special election to replace Grimm and a favorite also to Republicans in the district and Washington.
However, the Garner affairs lingering over the candidate with many upsets with the verdict can pose many threats and a national spectacle for the upcoming months during the elections. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a statement after Donovan showed interest, taking a jab at Republicans in congress as Donovan is one to fit in “to protect the ultra wealthy and corporate special interest at the expense of the middle class.”
Malliotakis expressed interest in this race by making a trip to Washington, DC as an effort to lobby national republicans to support her candidacy to local Republican leaders. Her pitch of being a superior candidate based on her experience in Albany along with her heritage being of Cuban-Greek descent was not enough as the Staten Island executive decided to pick Donovan based on his deeper experience.
The Democrats have yet to find a candidate to support, though it’s speculated that Assemblyman Michael Cusick might get the nod from the S.I Democrat party. Former Congressman Michael McMahon, who Michael Grimm defeated in 2010, has also expressed interest in returning to his old seat.
No word yet on who the Democrats will pick to support over the next few days.
Saturday was one of the worse and excruciating days of 2014.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Two NYPD officers in Brooklyn, N.Y. were gunned down inside their marked patrol vehicles on Saturday afternoon while on meal break in an ‘execution style’ murder. The gunman, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a Black Guerilla gang member from Baltimore, Md. bragged on Instagram hours before the gruesome attack of committing to kill two cops in revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
The two fallen officers have been identified as Wenjian Liu, an NYPD officer for seven years and Rafael Ramos, who has been on the job for about two years. Both heroes were working overtime as part of a crime reduction program in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. Both officers were rushed to Woodhull Hospital nearby and were pronounced dead on arrival.
A high-ranking police official explained how the officers were shot. “The perp came out of the houses, walked up behind the car and lit them up.” The officers were shot at point-blank range by the suspect. After the execution, Brinsley took off running as other officers began to chase to a nearby subway station. From there, the perp shot himself in the head. A silver handgun was recovered at the scene, the same one pictured in the Instagram post from Brinsley, where he stated in the caption- “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today” with the hashtag #ShootThePolice.
This shooting comes at a tense time where the city is divided. NYPD are being criticized for doing their jobs following the Eric Garner incident in the summer. Earlier this month, the Grand Jury decided not to indict the officer in Garner’s death, sparking mass protests and demonstrations all across New York City and elsewhere. Several NYPD officers were assaulted during the month long demonstrations, with the recent attacks of two NYPD lieutenants last Saturday at the Brooklyn Bridge.
Around 7 p.m., the NYPD held a press conference at Woodhull Hospital. As Mayor Bill de Blasio enters Woodhull Hospital for the presser, fellow officers began to turn their backs on him. The fractious relationship between police and the mayor began with the mayor’s comments after the Eric Garner’s Grand Jury decision, “I have had to talk to Dante for years about the danger that he may face in any encounters he has with the police officers.”
Police union leaders have condemned the mayor and his actions for what they see as insufficient support for the police department. Questions to the mayor about how he will spend the upcoming days weren’t answered. As tradition for the mayor to attend a fallen police officer’s funeral, it can be a complicated situation as earlier this month, the PBA union posted online a form for fellow officers to sign to refrain both Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito from attending their funeral in the event one is killed in the line of duty. The “Don’t Insult My Sacrifice” drew outrage from the mayor as many officers signed the form without hesitation.
“There’s blood on many hands tonight — those that incited violence on the street under the guise of protests, that tried to tear down what New York City police officers did every day, that blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall, in the office of the mayor,” said PBA president Patrick Lynch after the mayor presser in Woodhull Hospital. The SBA also blamed the mayor for the shooting issuing a statement on twitter. “The blood of 2 executed police officers is on the hands of Mayor de Blasio. May God bless their families and may their rest in peace.”
At the news conference, Mayor de Blasio changed this rhetoric and was quick to praise the NYPD. The mayor confirmed to the press that the two officers were gunned down in ambush in Brooklyn stating, “It is an attack on all of us. It is an attack on everything we hold dear. We depend on our police to protect us against forces of criminality and evil. They are a foundation of our society, and when they are attacked it is an attack on the very concept of decency, therefore, every New Yorker should feel they too were attacked. Our entire city was attacked by this heinous individual.”
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who identified the shooter said, “They were, quite simply, assassinated — targeted for their uniform and for the responsibility they embraced to keep the people of this city safe. The Commissioner stated a warning from the Baltimore Police arrived as the tragic was occurring the same time the officers “were being ambushed and murdered.”
Around 9:40 p.m., hundreds of officers lined up in the driveway at Woodhull Hospital in silence as two NYPD ambulances drove away with the bodies of the slain officers inside to be taken to the medical examiner’s office.
The mayor’s divisive and racially incendiary rhetoric created an atmosphere hostile to our police officers as psychopathic behavior became obvious in the wake of reports of attacks on cops. As minor attacks occurred on police officers during the protesting, neither one of the political leaders condemned the violence that occurred to prevent this tragic from occurring.
Rest in peace to the brave souls taken away in such a horrendous attack.
On Wednesday, a Staten Island grand jury chose not to indict an NYPD officer for using a chokehold move that killed Eric Garner, adding more fuel to the race-baiting fires lit across the nation.
Garner died on July 17 after he resisted arrest while officers attempted to handcuff him for selling loose untaxed cigarettes, commonly referred to on the New York City streets as “Loosies”. This fatal encounter was caught on video by numerous witnesses, showing the NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo putting Garner in a “chokehold”, a move that is prohibited by the NYPD’s policies and procedures but not banned nationally. Garner’s last words were “I can’t breathe” as it was heard numerous times on the video, words which can be seen as a ploy to get the officers to free him from restraint and try to attack.
Police are not barred by the law from using a “chokehold” during an arrest, but it’s a violation of the NYPD’s regulation policy. Medical examiners ruled the cause of death to be a “homicide” – a word used in clinical, not legal terms – based on the compression of the neck and chest, and prone positioning during physical restraint by police. However, the autopsy also attributed Garner’s death to his heart disease and asthma caused by his obesity.
The 23-member Grand Jury viewed the video and the medical examiner’s report that was used as evidence to determine not to indict the officer. They decided to not indict with the video evidence and medical examiner’s report that ruled the death a homicide. They voted that the officer didn’t break the law. They concluded the officer’s action showed no intent to harm and it was an unnecessary death due to Garner resisting arrest. They felt that Garner resisted arrest and the officer was doing his job with no intention to kill. Had Garner just followed the officers command, it would have been a different story.
Enough with the cop bashing.
We all remember the show “ Leave it to Beaver” with Ward, June, Wally, and the Beav – a perfect family unit who always had dinner together at the table with mom and dad asking their sons how their day at school was. And often times Wally and/or the Beav had done something wrong and even though they knew they’d be in trouble, they’d fess up and Ward would have a long talk with them about the importance of not doing whatever it was they did. There would often be a message about honesty, integrity, working hard, never giving up… and while Wally and the Beav learned their lesson, the show sent a message to viewers as well and that message was fathers matter.
Today, if you watch any television show you will see a very different side of fathers. They are mocked, ridiculed, treated as the secondary parent or completely absent. We have made a joke of the role fathers play, and not just in entertainment but in our media and ultimately our homes as well.
It is important that we discuss this, especially in light of recent events such as Michael Brown and Eric Garner and their untimely deaths. The leftist media would have us believe that both Brown and Garner were victims of the system brought on by police officers who deliberately go out of their way to harass black men because ya’ know, they’re racist and stuff. It has nothing to do with 72% of all violent crimes being committed by black men, no no no, it’s all because the police inherently hate black people. Sure, they might not have been racist before, BUT once they put on that badge they change into the Klan.
The reality is the system is responding to crimes being committed, and if the majority of crimes being committed are by black people then there is not a problem with the system, but with that community. Now before you start sending me hate mail and calling me a racist, KEEP READING. We are failing our black neighbors, by not being honest about this, by coddling them and most of all by creating divisive rhetoric that keeps them at a distance.
For example, the left has been pushing the “hands up” marketing for months, even though it was proven via forensic evidence that this was indeed a lie and that Michael Brown did not surrender. And yet thousands of “activists” have been lying on the floors of malls, disrupting tree lightings, attacking shoppers on Black Friday using just this sentiment. Does this change a thing about what happened with Brown? Does it address why he didn’t live at home? Why his mom had given up on him? Where his dad was? No. Instead of looking at what may have happened to Brown to put him in this situation to begin with, the whole leftist narrative has been RACISM.
When we make excuses for the Browns of the world we do them a disservice and we set them up to fail. Instead of going out of our way to make sure no one feels bad that they robbed a convenience store (because God forbid anyone is accountable for their behavior) we need to look at what’s happening at home and at school. Did you know that 72% of black children are born to single mothers – that is nearly 3 out of 4 with NO FATHER in the household – whereas only 28% of white children are born to single mothers?
Now single moms out there, I respect you, I can’t begin to understand what it takes to be a single parent, however there is something to be said for needing a father in the home. Society has done all it can to lessen the importance of the father and in doing so is perpetuating this cycle of poverty and crime. Government has become a parent and is proving to be a lousy “dad” at that.
Fathers, you do make a difference and until we start working on the family unit, not only in the black community but in all communities, nothing changes. Putting cameras on cops doesn’t stop the crimes from being committed – maybe sitting down at dinner with your family as you grow up though does. Making cops take sensitivity training doesn’t stop crime – but maybe some true discipline as children grow up does.
The problem is not outside of us – sorry liberals, it’s not just a society thing where we only see skin color and make assumptions based on said skin color, ya’ know, racism? This problem will actually take work and sorry not sorry, fueling riots and creating hate-filled narratives that divide this country further does nothing but make you feel better about yourselves
There was certainly a difference of opinion on the O’Reilly Factor Wednesday night between Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and radio host Tavis Smiley over the killing of Eric Garner. They were discussing the controversial grand jury decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Garner back in July in New York City.
In this case, there was video evidence showing the police officer grabbing Mr. Garner and placing him in a chokehold, which is against police policy. Garner had been stopped for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes in New York City on July 17th. In the video, Garner is heard screaming that he can’t breathe, yet the police officer continues to disregard this and maintains his grip. Garner later died at the hospital a short time later.
Both O’Reilly and Smiley agreed that the killing was indeed troubling and concerning, they disagreed that police officers have been targeting black men.
“I don’t think it had to do with skin color. I think it had to do with poor judgments made by the group of police officers,” O’Reilly said.
Smiley insists that blacks are treated differently and are targeted by police. “There is no respect for the humanity and the dignity for black life in this country,” Smiley said.
This incident is indeed tragic and very troubling to say the least, but this case is completely different in every way from what happened in Ferguson, Mo.
O’Reilly educates Smiley on some damaging statistics on the amount of people both black and white killed by police officers compared to the overall population.
“There are 43 million-plus black Americans — 123 were killed by police gunfire,” O’Reilly said.
Out of 43 million-plus black Americans, 123 were killed by police gunfire in 2012. White Americans accounted for 326 deaths in that year as well. Three times as many whites are shot by police than blacks.
Watch the video below via Fox News: