A Texas woman arrested by the FBI and charged for allegedly funneling more than $10,000 in illegal contributions to Congressman Michael Grimm’s 2010 campaign was arraigned in federal court this afternoon.
Diana Durand, a close friend of Mr. Grimm–a lawyer for Ms. Durand wouldn’t confirm they had a romantic relationship, though media reports have described her as an ex-girlfriend–appeared briefly in a downtown Brooklyn courtroom, where she did not enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
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the littlest borough
It’s not just the Upper East side that deserved better plowing after this week’s snowstorm, Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted today.
Though Mr. de Blasio staunchly defended his administration’s East Side snow-clearing efforts immediately after the storm, he eventually reversed himself, personally visiting the neighborhood, issuing an effusive statement and promising to redouble his efforts.
The lone blemish in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s overwhelming victory in the general election last fall was Staten Island, the only borough that the mayor lost in what was otherwise an historic landslide.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg emerged unscathed this morning from a visit to the Staten Island Zoo, where he was famously bitten by resident groundhog Staten Island Chuck on Groundhog Day back in 2009.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani returned to the campaign trail this afternoon with Joe Lhota, his protégé and candidate in the mayor’s race, and proclaimed that yesterday’s decision by a federal appeals court to halt the implementation of stop-and-frisk reform would fundamentally shake things up in Mr. Lhota’s favor.
Stumping among pumpkin patches, ponies and the occasional pirate, Joe Lhota journeyed to the South Shore of Staten Island to meet a few voters on Halloween today.
Like all six-lane urban highways scattered with years of pulverized wreckage—nary an inch of shoulder for breakdowns, center lines that weave like spaghetti, out-of-control speeders passing each other on curves designed to be rounded by wooden subway cars, long-haul truck drivers pounding the roadway to pieces and blatantly nonsensical subverbal signage essentially declaring to the Read More
While most development plans are forced to go around and around and around, re-tooling and tweaking until they’ve been beaten into some ULURP-ified shape that everyone can live with, it’s been one easy ride for the New York Wheel. Apparently everyone (well, not everyone—Marty Markowitz hates the idea of anything outshining the Wonder Wheel), loves the idea of an enormous Ferris wheel in the forgotten borough.
The City Planning Commission approved the New York Wheel in all its 625-foot-high glory today, also giving its nod to the SHoP-designed Empire Outlets, the retail component of the project being development by BFC Partners that will anchor the gargantuan carnival ride with more than 350,000 square feet of retail space and a 200-room hotel adjacent to the St. George ferry terminal.
Could it be a preview of the battle to come?
Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republic Joe Lhota found themselves face-to-face yesterday evening at the Staten Island Ferry terminal, where the candidates had scheduled overlapping campaign events. The rare occasion offered a glimpse of the potential fiery dynamic many are expecting if the two mayoral front-runners go on to win their parties’ primaries this Tuesday.
“That’s the first Democrat I’ve seen in my 88 visits to Staten Island!” quipped Mr. Lhota, after spotting Mr. de Blasio and his team entering the terminal, which is often considered prime Republican territory.