Morning Read: ‘You Threw Him Over a Balcony or Something’

Congressman Michael Grimm and his pup Sebastian. (Photo: Tom Williams/Getty)

Congressman Michael Grimm and his pup Sebastian, in an unrelated photo. (Photo: Tom Williams/Getty)

Headline of the Day: “Grimm and bear it: Staten Island’s congressman roasts in the white-hot national spotlight.”

Runner-Up: “ readers have plenty to say about Grimm’s behavior.”

NY1 reporter Michael Scotto was contacted by the Capitol Police about Congressman Michael Grimm‘s threats and said he did not want to press charges. “But a congressional source told Fox News that it doesn’t necessarily matter whether Scotto wants to press charges,” another report reads.

Meanwhile, the incident is still creating buzz. “Could I just say before we start: no one is going to hurt you. No one,” Senator Barbara Boxer told Mr. Scotto at a minimum wage press conference. And NY1 host Errol Louis remarked that Mr. Grimm was dropped off an unrelated power rankings list “almost as if you threw him over a balcony or something.” 

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani told Politico he was “offended” by a characterization of his interview about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie yesterday. He insisted he was speaking about a New York Times piece, not Mr. Christie’s potential involvement in “Bridgegate,” when he claimed there was a “fifty-fifty” chance of “it” being the case.

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, organizing on behalf of Bill de Blasio, wants her colleagues to pass a resolution supporting the mayor’s tax-the-rich plan in Albany–yet another sign of their close political alliance. “Please let me know ASAP about signing on,” a mass email to council members asked, according to Capital New York.

Assemblyman Ron Kim penned an op-ed in the Daily News about his pet “McResolution!” issue. “Over the next few weeks, I will be working closely with the AARP and other advocacy groups to introduce the ‘Community Corner Cafe Fund’ in the state Legislature,” Mr. Kim vowed.

And the Manhattan Young Democrats elected new officers earlier this week, according to a press release provided by the club:

Manhattan Young Dems Elect New Officers for 2014

New York — The Manhattan Young Democrats (MYD) today announced their election earlier this week of new leadership for 2014. Led by new club president Ashley C. Emerole, the club’s newly elected officers also include vice president Allison Kopf, treasurer John Bartos, and secretary Andrew Goldston.

About the Officers:

President — Ashley C. Emerole is a lifelong New Yorker who has worked at several government agencies since graduating with her masters in Urban Planning from CUNY Hunter College, including the MTA and the New York City Office of Management and Budget. She has deep expertise in and a tremendous passion for transportation policy. Originally a native of Queens, Ashley is active in Harlem, where she now resides.

Vice President — Allison Kopf has a wide range of experience working on environmental projects, and she is currently the Real Estate and Government Relations Associate at BrightFarms, a New York startup revolutionizing the food system. A certified LEED Green Associate, Allison’s previous work includes researching energy efficiency standards and legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Allison serves on the Board of Directors for Young Professionals in Energy.

Treasurer — John Bartos is a lifelong New Yorker who traces his political roots to when his parents met while working on Bella Abzug’s congressional campaign. John is a member of Community Board 8 and an at-large executive board member of the Lexington Democratic Club.

Secretary — Andrew Goldston is a five-year member of the Manhattan Young Democrats. He serves as communications director and spokesman for Manhattan State Senator Liz Krueger.

MYD has seen dramatic growth over the past five years. From a small group with roughly forty members and a small (but growing) political footprint, MYD now has grown into a 300-member strong organization whose annual fundraiser at the height of the 2013 primary season drew then-mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio, several other citywide and boroughwide candidates, and a crowd of hundreds.

Several of MYD’s initiatives over the past five years have won national recognition within the Young Democrats of America and even in the national political press. One of MYD’s first major projects after its 2008-2009 revamp, the 2009 New York Equality website and online organizing campaign for marriage equality, received national attention in Politico. MYD’s signature Open Seat Project has put hundreds of young people on the New York County Democratic Committee and has dramatically expanded young people’s visibility within the local Democratic party infrastructure, earning it awards at the biennial convention of the Young Democrats of America.

In 2014, MYD’s new slate of leaders plans to continue to build upon the organization’s successful and award-winning programs such as Open Seat, as well as its newest program, MYD Learning Labs, a first-of-its-kind program of MYD-sponsored training courses offering club members and other activists access to an array of new skills, from the Spanish language to political data analysis, for use in professional or volunteer political activism.

“With the transformative election of a progressive mayor, 2013 was truly a watershed year for Democrats in New York. As a club, we look forward to putting our energy behind campaigns and policies to ensure and expand opportunity for all — especially the poor, youth, and women,” said Ashley C. Emerole, MYD’s newly-elected president. “Local political activism is where it all starts, and we’re looking forward to emphasizing the role of local political activism from community boards to the mayor, and from our neighborhoods to City Hall, Albany, and Washington.”

MYD is a member chapter of the Young Democrats of America with the mission of activating, educating, and empowering progressive youth in Manhattan and the New York metropolitan area to participate in politics at every level. MYD members come from all backgrounds and work in industries as varied as education, finance, scientific research, technology and software development, social and community service, law, nonprofit advocacy, the labor movement, and politics.