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Grimm takes over — and first vote slams constituents, critics charge

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Rep. Michael Grimm’s first votes as a freshman Congressman made him big points with the House’s new GOP leadership, but will make his constituents’ lives a lot worse, critics charged on Wednesday.

Grimm, a former FBI agent and small businessman, sported his Marine Corps pin on his lapel and shoes buffed to a shine that could probably be seen from space as he took the official oath of office from then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi — then promptly joined his Republican colleagues in voting in Rep. John Boehner (R–Ohio) to be the new speaker.

Then, the GOP got to work, passing a reform package that Boehner claimed would bring more transparency to Congress’s voting process, but also will allow Congress to dip into the federal Highway Trust Fund for non-transportation uses.

Before the rule change, a portion of local gasoline taxes were put in a lockbox to supports roadway and transit improvements throughout New York.

That money is now up for grabs — and fiery Rep. Anthony Weiner (D–Sheepshead Bay) slammed Grimm for joining his non-New York Republican colleagues in a vote that would “significan­tly damage” highway and subway improvements as the trust fund decreases over time.

“The first vote of the new Congress forced my Republican friends to decide — do they work for their New York constituents or their party?” Weiner said.

Grimm joined 239 Republicans in backing the rule change, which was opposed by 191 Democrats. Asked to respond to Weiner’s charge, Grimm declined. In fact, he didn’t return our calls.

The House adjourned at 5:50 pm. Congress resumes today with a reading of the U.S. Constitution.

Next up for Grimm and his colleagues? A promised vote to repeal President Obama’s Health Care reform act, which passed last year despite near unanimous Republican opposition. Grimm said the bill was a “jobs killer.”

The man whom Grimm defeated for the Staten Island–Brooklyn seat, Mike McMahon, voted against the bill last year, but it did not help him keep his head above the Republican tidal wave at the polls in November, when Grimm beat him with 51-1/2 percent of the vote.

So there he was, on Wednesday.

“It’s game day,” Grimm told reporters. “I’m sick of standing on the sidelines.”

The Operation Desert Storm veteran began the nationally and personally pivotal day with a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee reception for friends, family and a handful of constituents.

When the clock struck noon, Grimm and his mentor, former Staten Island Rep. Guy Molinari were off to the House of Representatives, where the freshman legislator began undoing what he has so often called the “Pelosi liberal agenda.”

That said, Pelosi (D–California) actual swore in Grimm officially, with Molinari, who has lifetime access to the House floor, by Grimm’s side the entire time. Boehner redid the oath later for the cameras, with Grimm swearing on a Bible belonging to his grandmother.

“This is a big day. It’s exciting,” Grimm told the Staten Island Advance. “The honor of being here is starting to set in. I feel like I’m living the American Dream.”

Grimm will still be living the dream on Sunday, when he’s sworn in again — this time in Dyker Heights.

Grimm swearing in ceremony at the Knights of Columbus [1305 86th Street between 13th and 14th avenues in Dyker Heights, (718) 259-8840], Jan. 9 at 11 am.

Updated 9:10 am, January 11, 2011: Updated on Friday, Jan. 7 with new location for Grimm's Dyker Heights swearing-in ceremony.
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Michael Grimm Fact Check from Over the Bridge says:
Michael Grimm has already proven himself to be for the party and not for personal beliefs. He is a puppet of Guy Molinari and the RNCC and knows little of how the political system works.

http://michaelgrimmfactcheck.blogspot.com/2011/01/michael-grimm-two-faced-hypocrite.html
Jan. 6, 2011, 10:35 am
Grimm Fact Check Fact Check from Bay Ridge says:
Michael Grimm Fact Check is blog belonging to a bitter, jealous political operative who lost his job with Allegretti after that candidate was crushed by Grimm in the Republican primary. His biased and often baseless comments should be taken within context of these facts.
Jan. 6, 2011, 1:45 pm
Michael Grimm Fact Check from Over the Bridge says:
You really have no idea who is behind this blog. Furthermore you call our comments baseless. Read Grimm's statements and tell me he is not a hypocrite.
Jan. 6, 2011, 2:10 pm
Grimm Fact Check Fact Check from Bay Ridge says:
Actually I have a good idea of who is behind the blog, and your denial only serves to prove me correct.

Anyway, your little protests here in there in the obscure blogs of local papers only serve to show what a sad jealous little insect you are.

Grimm is the one who put his name on the line and ran and won the Congressional. You are but a worm who cowers behind your own anonymity.

If you honestly believed the things you say about Grimm, you'd be willing to say who you are. Until that day comes, you will always be a worm.
Jan. 7, 2011, 12:23 pm
Ryan from Brooklyn says:
Michael Grimm's complaint for not forgoing his government taxpayer subsidized health insurance:

"What am I, not supposed to have health care?" he said. "It's practicality. I'm not going to become a burden for the state because I don't have health care, and God forbid I get into an accident and I can't afford the operation. That can happen to anyone."

Unbelievable, I guess it's Health Insurance for me but not for thee. God forbid he actually buy his own health insurance. That's how you don't become a burden for the state.
Jan. 8, 2011, 5:32 am
Jay from Bay Ridge says:
Grimm Fact Check Fact Check from Bay Ridge says:
"Anyway, your little protests here in there in the obscure blogs of local papers only serve to show what a sad jealous little insect you are."

What the hell is "here in there in"?
And your obnoxious crap on this "obscure" site (note: it's not a blog) tells us a lot about Grimm's supporters.
Jan. 8, 2011, 6:38 pm
steve from bay ridge says:
Yes, ray riley and his anti-grimm blog is known. Ray- you and your boy allegretti got crushed- get over it. Although you may think you are- as the results of the primary proved you are no political operative. The people saw through silver spoon in mouth allegretti.
Jan. 8, 2011, 10:40 pm
steve from bay ridge says:
Yes, ray riley and his anti-grimm blog is known. Ray- you and your boy allegretti got crushed- get over it. Although you may think you are- as the results of the primary proved you are no political operative. The people saw through silver spoon in mouth allegretti.
Jan. 8, 2011, 10:40 pm
Brian K. from Fort Hamilton says:
Ryan from Brooklyn's argument is all wet. According to him, the government cannot provide health care to it employees unless it guarantees them to everyone.

I guess since it supplies arm, camos and guns to our army, then all American citizens are entitled to the same. Postal workers get pith helmets to protect them from the sun, I guess we need to buy one for everyone else.

THANK GOODNESS we have a Congressman who understands that giving health care as a benefit to our federal employees is sensible and decent, while doing so for every lazy bum who can't or won't work for this benefit will bankrupt those of us who do.
Jan. 11, 2011, 9:35 pm
Rosalie from Brooklyn says:
Tom Tracy is such a bad reporter that he couldn't even copy the correct address from the press release. The liberal shill probably did it on purpose.
Jan. 11, 2011, 9:36 pm
fraudpatrol from staten island says:
McMahon voted against Obamacare and had the same insurance Grimm has. What's the difference?
Jan. 13, 2011, 8:19 pm
Guido Fauci from Shore Road says:
Aren't Ray Riley and his blog a spin-off of something called the "Bay Ridge Cabal" by the Brooklyn Republican Independants? Aren't Martin Golden, Craig Eaton, and the rest of the Brooklyn Republican leadership still "on the outside looking in" with the new congressman?
Jan. 23, 2011, 10:59 am

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