Congressman Michael Grimm has a grim outlook on the new mayor.
The Staten Island Republican told radio host Geraldo Rivera today that he’s unsure Bill de Blasio is “ready for prime time.”
Mr. Grimm–reportedly facing a federal probe into his fund-raising practices and in the news recently for threatening to throw a reporter off a balcony–cited Mr. de Blasio’s alleged lack of focus on Hurricane Sandy issues.
“You know, he’s prime time and I’m not sure he was ready for prime time,” Mr. Grimm said. “My thing with de Blasio … is very simple. He has to make the Sandy victims, especially in Staten Island and the Rockaways where we got crushed, he has to make that a priority and he hasn’t done so so far.”
“We just sent him a letter yesterday. I’m very disappointed there was basically no mention of it [Hurricane Sandy] in his budget and when he came to Staten Island just a few days ago to do a Sandy briefing, he had no answers about anything,” Mr. Grimm continued. “I just hope he can really start to focus on Sandy, there’s a lot of people not in their homes.”
When Mr. de Blasio appeared on Staten Island Monday to discuss Hurricane Sandy relief, he met with a host of local elected officials on the Republican and Democratic side. But Mr. Grimm was not present and it was not immediately clear why. Still, like Mr. Grimm, local media chided Mr. de Blasio for lacking specifics about his recovery efforts.
Mr. Grimm further claimed he has been trying to meet with Mr. de Blasio or his staff about Sandy and implied the Democratic mayor was rebuffing him.
“I mean I’ve been asking since he’s been in office for a meeting with his staff, not even with him, a meeting with his staff about Sandy and I still haven’t been able to get that,” Mr. Grimm said. “I need him to do well but so far I don’t think his priorities have been the hard working families of the City of New York.”
Mr. de Blasio did not immediately return a request for comment.