Staten Island GOP Leader Warns Recchia Will Rely on ‘Brooklyn Housing Project’ Votes

Domenic Recchia. (Photo: Vanessa Ogle)

Domenic Recchia kicking off his campaign. (Photo: Vanessa Ogle)

A top official in the Staten Island Republican Party warned supporters this afternoon that Congressman Michael Grimm’s Democratic rival will rely on “Brooklyn housing project” votes to win in November, citing a recent a New York Times profile of the race.

Bill D’Ambrosio, the first vice chair of the Staten Island GOP, accused Domenic Recchia of seeking to build low-income housing throughout the single-family home-dominated borough in a fund-raising pitch to Grimm supporters.

“But Domenic still thinks he has a chance. His strategy for becoming Staten Island’s congressman relies on using votes from Brooklyn housing projects. ‘Marlboro Houses, Marlboro Houses … thousands of votes out here,’ said Recchia in the Times,” Mr. D’Ambrosio charged.

“Staten Islanders should have no doubt that this Brooklyn political hack will sell them out to pay back these votes, and surely build low-income housing in our neighborhoods with his cronies at City Hall,” he added.

Mr. Recchia is a former Brooklyn councilman who represented Coney Island, a neighborhood filled with public housing where many minorities live. Mr. Recchia is white, but his campaign will need to rely on winning minority votes on Staten Island’s north shore and in Brooklyn to eventually knock off the Republican incumbent, observers say.

Mr. D’Ambrosio also called Mr. Recchia a “foreigner from across the bay” and repeatedly tied him to Mayor Bill de Blasio, a liberal Democrat who has all but endorsed Mr. Recchia’s bid. Mr. de Blasio’s brand is not as strong in the moderate to right-leaning district and Brooklyn-born contenders have struggled to win the Staten Island-based congressional district in the past.

“Recchia’s abysmal record as a tax-and-spend Brooklyn liberal is making it impossible for him to connect with Staten Islanders, and it isn’t hard to figure out why,” Mr. D’Ambrosio continued. “As Coney Island City Councilman, he voted with his liberal buddy Bill de Blasio over 90 percent of the time, and raised your property taxes 18.5 percent—the highest in New York City’s history.”

Ironically, Mr. Recchia’s campaign also touted the Monday profile in the Times in a recent fund-raising pitch, reveling in its headline: “Staten Island’s Tough-Guy Congressman Faces Somebody His Own Size.”

Mr. Recchia’s campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

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NEW YORK TIMES:
Congressman Michael Grimm is a “war hero” and
his de Blasio Democrat opponent
Domenic Recchia is a “foreigner from across the bay”

Dear Friend:

Domenic Recchia’s campaign is already on the ropes. Even the New York Times has confirmed that our Congressman Michael Grimm is loved and supported by his constituents, and is heading towards victory in November!

Recchia’s abysmal record as a tax-and-spend Brooklyn liberal is making it impossible for him to connect with Staten Islanders, and it isn’t hard to figure out why. As Coney Island City Councilman, he voted with his liberal buddy Bill de Blasio over 90% of the time, and raised your property taxes 18.5% — the highest in New York City’s history.

The Times has made it clear that little-known Recchia is unwelcome on the Island.

“I know who you are,” said Robert Kowth, 84, who wore a T-shirt of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge that read “Staten Island, Gateway to New York.” “I’ve been a Grimm supporter since he was born,” Mr. Kowth added, shooing Mr. Recchia away. “So enjoooy!”

But Domenic still thinks he has a chance. His strategy for becoming Staten Island’s congressman relies on using votes from Brooklyn housing projects. “Marlboro Houses, Marlboro Houses…thousands of votes out here,” said Recchia in the New York Times. Staten Islanders should have no doubt that this Brooklyn political hack will sell them out to pay back these votes, and surely build low-income housing in our neighborhoods with his cronies at City Hall.

What’s more insulting about Domenic Recchia’s candidacy is that he claims that “damage from Superstorm Sandy motivated him to run for Congress.” As a City Council Member Recchia did absolutely nothing to bring Sandy aid to over 5,000 Staten Island applicants, and he failed to hold a single hearing or call on then Mayor Bloomberg to fix the problems with the Build it Back and Rapid Repair programs. Someone needs to tell Dom that Congress has already done its job in providing $60 billion in federal Sandy aid, an effort led by Congressman Grimm. More importantly, while Recchia’s constituents were neglected and let down by his lack of action and advocacy, Michael Grimm gave Brooklyn and Staten Island residents, and millions of homeowners across the country, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which lowered their flood insurance premiums and stabilized home values.

The truth is, Domenic doesn’t even really want this job. He wanted to be Comptroller and according to political consultant Hank Sheinkopf “the New Bosses of New York just decided that Recchia wasn’t the right guy.” So let me get this straight, Bill de Blasio doesn’t think that Domenic is good enough to be Comptroller, but he’s fine to be our Congressman? Are these guys for real?

The Times could not have said it any better ” the election will ultimately be determined on Staten Island” and we need your help to make sure our voice in Congress isn’t stifled by a de Blasio democrat like Dom Recchia.

Thank you and God bless you,

Bill D’Ambrosio

First Vice Chair
Staten Island GOP

P.S. – We need to send a message that Staten Islanders won’t accept Bill de Blasio and Obama’s failed progressive policies that have weakened us on the world stage, ballooned the size of government and our national debt, and failed to create jobs or revitalize our economy. Domenic Recchia will be a rubber stamp for these dangerous policies, whereas Congressman Grimm will continue to fight them and deliver real results!