Michael Grimm
American politician
Michael Grimm
Michael Gerard Grimm is the U.S. Representative for, which consists of Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn. He is a member of the Republican Party. He is a former FBI agent, businessman, and U.S. Marine, having served in the Gulf War.
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In Congress, Christmas Is a Time of Giving and Receiving
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I was planning to write a festive poem to Congress as they approach their merry holiday recess but couldn't come up with a rhyme for "dysfunctional." Writing in Monday's Washington Post, Greg Sargent noted that all that inertia on Capitol Hill has been caused "less by a roughly equivalent failure by both major parties to make the incremental concessions needed to reach common ground, and more by a searing intra-GOP argument over whether the Republican Party should make such concessions to reach the common ground that has always been sitting right there in plain sight..." Citing Ryan Lizza's superb analysis of the right-wing House Freedom Caucus in The New Yorker this week, Sargent writes that the radical caucus members believe, "Republicans lose ground when they govern along with Democrats, because achieving bipartisan governing compromise inherently represents capitulation to Dems, in the sense that when government functions, it affirms the Dem vision." It's really a profound ...
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Congress Is About To Hand This Bank A Ridiculous Gift
Huffington Post - about 1 year
WASHINGTON -- The biggest winner from a bipartisan highway funding deal hammered out by congressional negotiators on Tuesday isn't a Republican, a Democrat, or even the nation's roadways. It's Emigrant Savings Bank. A single line slipped into the package will help the Manhattan-based lender dodge a rule from the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law designed to prevent large and mid-sized banks from relying too heavily on borrowed cash. Emigrant is literally the only firm affected by the change. The provision has nothing to do with repairing roads and bridges, of course. It doesn't even help lawmakers come up with money to pay for that construction. It only helps Emigrant boost its profit ratios by operating with more borrowed money. The Emigrant bank aid won't damage the economy. The bank holds less than 1 percent of the assets owned by multi-trillion-dollar behemoths like JPMorgan Chase or Bank of America. But Congress could grant multimillion-dollar favors to just about an ...
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The Highway Bill Is Turning Into A Vehicle For Bank Favors
Huffington Post - about 1 year
WASHINGTON -- Congressional negotiators working on a bipartisan highway funding bill may include a controversial provision that would undercut new mortgage rules, according to sources close to the talks. Negotiators are also discussing measures that would help a troubled for-profit college company avoid bankruptcy, as well as enable a single New York bank to sidestep a requirement in the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law. A highway funding bill may seem an odd vehicle for arcane financial services policy, but the riders reflect the recent reality that Congress passes very little legislation. Bipartisan bills with broad support can become incubators for unrelated and at times, highly-targeted, legislative favors. Other lawmakers and the president are reluctant to spoil a package over such provisions when bipartisan accomplishments are so rare. The highway bill would ensure years of federal funding for the nation's roads and bridges. Hardline conservative groups have oppose ...
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Follow the Money: Marco Rubio, Paul Singer, and the Argentine Connection
Huffington Post - over 1 year
On Halloween morning, the New York Times broke the scary news that GOP presidential contender Marco Rubio just won the jackpot: the endorsement of billionaire hedge fund investor Paul Singer. But aside from citing Singer's praise for Rubio's "message of optimism" and "work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee," the story offered little explanation of what could prove to be a decisive turning point in the Republican primary race. On the policy front, Rubio clearly meets Singer's requirement for a candidate who favors lower taxes on the rich and, even more important, a blank check for Israel's right-wing government. With his hawkish stands on the Middle East, including fervent opposition to the Iran nuclear deal, Rubio had already won over another leading Republican "bundler," New York attorney Phil Rosen, former chairman of American Friends of Likud and a believer that Israel's conflict with the Palestinians "was, and will always be, a holy war." Rubio is a protégé of Florida ...
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MICHAEL GRIMM: 2010’s “America’s Got Talent” Winner Releasing Kickstarter-Funded Album, ‘Grimm,’ On June 15th
Icon vs. Icon - almost 2 years
With his soulful voice and earthy, Southern manner, MICHAEL GRIMM charmed millions of viewers as a contestant on season five (2010) of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”  Flash forward to 2015:  he’s getting ready to release his latest album, GRIMM, June 15 via his Mattikay Records label to online retail outlets worldwide.  Funded by fans through Kickstarter, the […]
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The Race Where Race Didn't Matter
NPR - almost 2 years
The Staten Island prosecutor at the center of the investigation into the death of Eric Garner easily won election to Congress as a Republican. He replaces disgraced former Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y. » E-Mail This
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Judge Denies Request To Release Eric Garner Grand Jury Records
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
A Staten Island judge has denied a request to release records from the grand jury investigation into the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in July after being put into a chokehold by a white police officer. Despite the request, which was filed by a coalition of nonprofits, advocacy groups and media organizations, New York Supreme Court Justice William Garnett issued a decision Thursday stating there was no “compelling and particularized need” to release the records. “What would they use the minutes for?” Garnett wrote in his decision. “The only answer the court has heard was the possibility of effecting legislative change. That proffered need is purely speculative and does not satisfy the requirements of law.” In December, a grand jury voted not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death, despite video evidence of Pantaleo putting the 43-year-old father of six into a prohibited chokehold. The grand jury's decision -- which came soon after a sepa ...
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Special election to replace disgraced Grimm is set for May - New York Post
Google News - almost 2 years
New York Post Special election to replace disgraced Grimm is set for May New York Post Two hours before the deadline set by a federal judge, Gov. Cuomo set May 5 as the date for a special election to replace Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm. Grimm left office Jan. 5 after pleading guilty to federal tax evasion charges. The governor has the ... Gov. Cuomo Sets Special Election Date To Replace GrimmCBS Local NY Special Election Set to Replace Convicted US Rep. GrimmABC News NY Governor Cuomo sets date for special congressional electionReuters SILive.com -Huffington Post -Courthouse News Service all 98 news articles »
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May 5 election set to replace Grimm in Congress
USA Today - almost 2 years
GOP's Michael Grimm of New York resigned in January after guilty plea for tax evasion.           
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Fight To Release Eric Garner Grand Jury Records Moves To Court
Huffington Post - about 2 years
NEW YORK -- A New York state judge heard arguments on Thursday over whether to release records from the grand jury investigation into the death of Eric Garner, the 43-year old unarmed black man who died this summer after being put into a chokehold by a white police officer. Christopher Pisciotta, an attorney for the Legal Aid Society, argued to Justice William Garnett that the “public questioned the fairness” of the way evidence was presented to the grand jury by the office of Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan. In early December, the grand jury declined to indict New York City Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death -- a decision that sparked protests across the city and the country. The Legal Aid Society acts as the city’s primary public defender. Pisciotta said that when his group's clients face grand jury investigations, the proceedings generally last only a few days, and involve just a few witnesses. But the grand jury investigation into Panta ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Grimm
  • 2015
    Age 45
    He finally surrendered on September 22, 2015, after a brief delay for medical treatment.
    More Details Hide Details Had Grimm not resigned, his role in Congress would have likely been very limited. Longstanding House rules state that a member convicted of a felony should not take part in floor votes or committee work until the House Ethics Committee reviews the matter. Although there is no constitutional rule barring a convicted felon from voting, Boehner and the Republican leadership would have strongly discouraged Grimm from doing so, and the House Ethics Committee has indicated in the past that convicted felons can be disciplined if they do take part in committee or floor votes. Grimm lives in Staten Island. He is single with no children.
    On July 17, 2015, U.S. District Judge Pamela K. Chen suggested that Grimm's moral compass "needs some reorientation" and sentenced him to eight months in prison.
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    He began his prison term on September 22, 2015 after a brief delay for medical treatments.
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    On July 17, 2015, Grimm was sentenced to eight months in prison for tax evasion.
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    On May 5, 2015, Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. won the special election to replace Grimm.
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    He resigned from Congress on January 5, 2015. A special election to replace him was held on May 5, 2015, and Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, a Republican, was elected to the seat.
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  • 2014
    Age 44
    After initially vowing to retain his seat, Grimm announced on December 30, 2014, that he would resign from Congress effective January 5, 2015.
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    According to Politico, in April 2014, Grimm became "the first sitting House Republican to stop denying the science that humans cause climate change."
    More Details Hide Details Grimm stated, "The majority of respected scientists say that it’s conclusive, the evidence is clear. So I don’t think the jury is out.”
    In early 2014, Grimm and Bill Cassidy cosponsored the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act. In March 2014, the bill was passed by the U.S. Senate and signed into law by President Obama.
    More Details Hide Details The law repealed exponential increases in flood-insurance rates for homeowners in flood-prone areas, preventing "skyrocketing" flood insurance premiums for 5.5 million Americans.
    At first Grimm admitted making mistakes, but told a reporter he would "absolutely not" resign. But on December 29, 2014, it was reported that after discussing the matter with House Speaker John Boehner, Grimm had changed his mind and would decline to take his seat for a third term.
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    On December 23, 2014, less than two months after winning reelection, Grimm pleaded guilty to one charge of felony tax evasion.
    More Details Hide Details He admitted to under-reporting Healthalicious's revenues by over $900,000 over four years and to filing false tax returns based on that under-reported income. He also admitted to using the under-reported receipts to pay restaurant expenses, as well as to make under-the-table cash payments to employees. As part of the plea bargain, the other charges were dropped, but Grimm admitted to two of the offenses in the original indictment: knowingly employing people ineligible to work in the United States and lying in a 2013 deposition. The crimes to which he pleaded guilty carried a prison sentence of up to 30 months.
    On April 25, 2014, Grimm's attorney was advised by the U.S. Attorney's office that his client would be indicted on criminal charges related to Healthalicious.
    More Details Hide Details On April 28, prosecutors unsealed a 20-count indictment charging that Grimm and others concealed over a million dollars of the restaurant's sales and wages from both the U.S. federal government and the State of New York. Grimm surrendered to the FBI that morning. Grimm pleaded not guilty to all charges and was released on $400,000 bond. He told reporters that he not only had every intention of fighting the charges, but also of staying in office and running for a third term.
    In September 2014, Durand pleaded guilty to making illegal contributions to Grimm's 2010 campaign.
    More Details Hide Details The investigation, which originally focused on Grimm's 2010 fundraising, branched out to include Grimm's prior business dealings.
    In January 2014, the FBI arrested Diana Durand on charges that she had illegally donated more than $10,000 to Grimm's 2010 campaign.
    More Details Hide Details Durand allegedly gave the campaign $4,800, the legal limit, but then used straw donors to donate more than $10,000 illegally. The FBI also charged Durand with lying to federal agents about the matter. Grimm denied any wrongdoing.
    On January 28, 2014, NY1-TV political reporter Michael Scotto was interviewing Grimm in a balcony hallway of the U.S. Capitol building about the recently concluded 2014 State of the Union Address.
    More Details Hide Details He then tried to question Grimm about a campaign finance investigation. Grimm said he would not discuss the investigation. As Scotto started to mention the investigation again, Grimm walked off. Scotto then turned to the camera and implied that Grimm did not want to face the issue on camera. Grimm then threatened Scotto, saying that he would "break Scotto in half," as well as threatening to throw Scotto over the balcony. Grimm issued a statement defending his behavior, saying that he was annoyed by what he called a "disrespectful cheap shot" from Scotto. The next day, Grimm contacted Scotto to offer an apology for his behavior, which Scotto deemed sincere. Grimm also issued a written apology, saying, "I shouldn’t have allowed my emotions to get the better of me and lose my cool." An unnamed former staffer for Grimm and NY1-TV political director Bob Hardt reported that Grimm had behaved in a similar manner to other reporters on previous occasions.
  • 2013
    Age 43
    In June 2013, Grimm stated that he believed water fees should be waived for survivors of Hurricane Sandy who had been displaced from their homes.
    More Details Hide Details Under New York City's Department of Environmental Protection rules, all homeowners are subject to a minimum charge of $1.19 per day, even if a home uses no water during a given period. Residents who had been displaced from their homes for long periods of time received water bills over $500 for damaged, vacant properties. Grimm called the bills "ridiculous," saying, "That's $500 these people could use to replace a washer or dryer or refrigerator swept out to sea during Sandy."
  • 2012
    Age 42
    In August 2012, the office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York said it was investigating Grimm's 2010 campaign.
    More Details Hide Details In November 2012, the House Ethics Committee decided to inquire into the campaign but agreed to "defer consideration" of it at the Department of Justice's request.
    According to a January 27, 2012, New York Times article, several followers of Orthodox Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto said Grimm's campaign had accepted questionable donations.
    More Details Hide Details Three of Pinto's followers reportedly said that Grimm or Ofer Biton, a top aide of Pinto's, had told them that the campaign would find a way to accept donations that were over the legal limit. Grimm stated, "Any suggestion that I was involved in any activities that may run afoul of the campaign finance laws is categorically false and belied by my life of public service protecting and enforcing the laws of this country."
  • 2011
    Age 41
    In February 2011, as House Republicans were pushing for deep cuts in discretionary spending, Grimm wrote a letter to Eric Cantor saying he would vote against any budget that reduced aid to Israel.
    More Details Hide Details Grimm was also named chair of the House Republican Policy Committee's Task Force on Foreign Policy. Grimm opposed a military strike on the Assad regime in Syria, stating, "I am no longer convinced that a U.S. strike on Syria will yield a benefit to the United States that will not be greatly outweighed by the extreme cost of war."
    Grimm was appointed to the House Republican Israel Caucus in January 2011, serving as co-chair.
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    House Leader John Boehner called his suggestions an "excellent idea" and indicated that security would be a major focus for Congress in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Grimm voted in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill banning abortions after the 20th week of fertilization. Grimm voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the House, as he had promised during his campaign. He was called "hypocritical" by several Democrats for enrolling in the congressional health-care plan. Grimm has expressed support for immigration reform and was one of six Republicans to vote against an amendment that would have resumed deportation of "Dreamers".
    After the 2011 shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, Grimm voiced support for "security-based situational awareness training", including how to spot suspicious people, when to run for an exit, and how to keep guards at close range.
    More Details Hide Details Grimm also said congressmen should consider carrying firearms.
    In 2011, Evan Ratliff, writing for The New Yorker, reported that Grimm had been the subject of an internal investigation into allegations that he abused his authority as a FBI agent in a nightclub in 1999.
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  • 2010
    Age 40
    On November 2, 2010, Grimm defeated McMahon in the race, 51% to 48%.
    More Details Hide Details The Advance reported that Grimm won in large part due to his political signs, which became popular among his supporters. They stated, "McMahon raised my property taxes 18.5%". After redistricting, Grimm's district was renumbered the 11th District. He was challenged by Democrat Mark Murphy, a former aide to New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Grimm won reelection to a second term, 53%–46%. In 2014 Grimm received the backing of the Staten Island Republican party and the Independence Party, who called him “‘a truly independent voice’ for his constituents.” He faced Democratic Party nominee Domenic Recchia in the general election. Grimm was endorsed by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, the United Transportation Union, and the Humane Society Legislative Fund. Grimm defeated Recchia on election night, November 5, 2014.
    Grimm launched his campaign for the 13th New York Congressional District seat on January 23, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He was endorsed by former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani as well as Guy Molinari, a former U.S. Representative and Staten Island Borough President. He was also endorsed by the Conservative Party of New York State. He was challenged by Michael Allegretti who was endorsed by former six-term U.S. Representative Vito Fossella, the Staten Island Republican Party, State Senator Andrew Lanza, and State Assemblyman Lou Tobacco. Allegretti worked for the nonprofit Climate Group and cited his relationships with NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Grimm chose not to contest the Staten Island's party endorsement because of their “corrupt political culture” and “sham convention." Grimm's primary win was divisive for the Republican Party leadership, which favored Allegretti. His campaign gained national attention from the Tea Party and the National Republican Congressional Committee, which contributed $90,000 to Grimm's campaign. He received endorsements from high-profile Republicans, including Giuliani, John McCain, Sarah Palin, and former President George H.W. Bush, who applauded his service in the Gulf War.
  • 2006
    Age 36
    In 2006, Grimm founded a small health food restaurant in Manhattan called Healthalicious.
    More Details Hide Details He co-owned and served as principal and chief executive officer of Austin Refuel Transport, an Austin, Texas-based bio-fuel company. As of 2011, Grimm owned 28% of the company, although he is no longer involved in daily operations nor is he CEO. In July 2011, the New York Daily News reported that Austin Refuel Transport had received 11 safety violations in two U.S. Department of Transportation checkups. Grimm’s spokesman said that he now "has no authority or managerial role in the daily activities of the company. He is simply a silent investor."
    He left the FBI in 2006, citing his exhaustion from working long hours.
    More Details Hide Details Before joining the FBI, Grimm worked for a year for Whale Securities, an investment banking firm. Shortly before leaving the bureau, Grimm invested in a luxury Texas development.
  • 2002
    Age 32
    He received a Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) from New York Law School in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Grimm entered the FBI as a clerk in 1991. In 1995, he entered the FBI Academy in Quantico Station, Virginia. He graduated as a special agent and was certified to become an undercover agent. He transitioned into undercover agent work, eventually working in the FBI Gambino Squad, and was assigned to the inside activities of Peter Gotti, John Gotti's brother. Grimm worked for the FBI as an agent for 9 years.
  • 1997
    Age 27
    He transferred to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and was discharged from service in 1997.
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  • 1994
    Age 24
    Grimm received a BBA in accounting from Baruch College in 1994.
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  • 1990
    Age 20
    In 1990, he was deployed overseas as part of the 6th Communication Battalion.
    More Details Hide Details He received a combat promotion to corporal, and was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, among other awards.
  • 1989
    Age 19
    Grimm entered active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps in 1989.
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  • 1988
    Age 18
    Grimm was raised as a Catholic in Queens, New York, the son of Petrina (née Castronova) and Gerard Grimm. He is of German, Irish, and Sicilian descent. He graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School in 1988.
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  • 1970
    Age 0
    Born on February 7, 1970.
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