The Banner’s Post-Election Day Guide

An Outline to the Michael Grimm and Andrew Cuomo Record

By Clifford Michel

The race between that Rep. Michael Grimm and Recchia drew national attention. Democrats poured money into the race, hoping to win in a traditionally red district. Recchia, a former City Councilma, only trailed Grimm by 4 points in mid-September according to a NY 1 News-Capital New York-Siena College poll, but lost ground due to several media gaffs, including: touting his role in a student exchange program with Japanese students as proof of foreign policy experience, misstating his position on the minimum wage during a televised debate (“I’m not hearing tonight,” he said) and walking off camera after a reporter asked him to give the name of a bill he vaguely referenced.

A few days before Election day, a new poll showed Recchia trailing by 19 points.

Recchia’s gaffs were in his favor as Grimm will return to Capitol Hill to represent Staten Island and south Brooklyn.

Grimm received a BBA from Baruch College. He served in the Marines and in the FBI as an undercover agent. In 2002, he received his J.D. from New York Law School. In 2010, he was elected to represent Staten Island and South Brooklyn in the U.S, House of Representatives.

Abortion: Grimm most likely opposes abortion. In February 2012 he voiced his opinion concerning the requirement of religious institutions to carry some abortifacients due to Obamacare in a letter.

“As a Roman Catholic, I strongly believe in preserving the sanctity of human life, and this mandate completely violates that belief,” wrote Grimm along with a few other politicians. “I will not tolerate the Obama Administration’s efforts to challenge the conscience and reproductive rights of the Catholic Church, and will do all I can to ensure that this mandate is overturned.”

Budget: Grimm has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which states that he will not support any income tax increases on any tax brackets in order to balance the budget.

Economy: Grimm generally supports less regulation on businesses and opposes government spending as a means of promoting economic growth.

“American taxpayers are picking up the tab for a trillion dollar stimulus, our small businesses are burdened with over-regulation, and our nation is faced with massive debt…more government does not create jobs, just a more costly bureaucracy,” Grimm wrote on the July 8, 2011 Jobs Report.

Grimm also does not support an increase in the minimum wage.

Education: Grimm opposes Common Core.

Energy: Grimm supports the building of the Keystone XL pipeline (an oil pipe system capable of moving 700,000 barrels of oil a day that would run from Canada to the United States, which environmentalists are fearful will leak).

Environment: Voted for the Energy Tax Prevention Act, which limited the abilities of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

Guns: Grimm received an endorsement from the National Rifle Association in 2010.

Healthcare: Voted to Repeal the Health Care Bill in 2011.

Immigration: Supports immigration reform and increasing border security.

“Realistically, you cannot simply ’round-up’ and deport every person among the millions illegally in this county, but there are things we can do to reverse the tide of illegal immigration,” Grimm told Vote Smart in 2011.

Marriage: Grimm does not support same sex marriage.

“I believe, by definition, that marriage is between a man and a woman, just as President Clinton did in 1996 when he signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law, defining it as such,” Grimm told the Staten Island Advance in 2011.

National Security: Grimm supports actively combating threats of terror.

“As the current crisis in Iraq proves all too well, the United States is losing ground to our enemies, alienating our allies, and is increasingly unable to maintain our leadership role in the world stage. This dire situation didn’t happen by accident,” Grimm told the Gotham Gazette. “Rather it’s a consequence of our president’s failure to lead and to develop a comprehensive foreign policy to meet the challenges of our volatile world.”

Last year, it seemed that Governor Andrew Cuomo would be running a race against himself. No other prominent Democrats or Republicans seemed ready to challenge him.

Rob Astorino challenged the Governor on the Republican ticket, but was unable to assert himself as a center-right candidate.

Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham Law professor, also challenged the Governor with liberal campaign promises.

On the day of the Democratic primary, Teachout garnered a surprising 35% of the vote. The numbers didn’t do much to hurt Cuomo’s campaign afterwards as he went on to truance Astorino on November 4.

Andrew Cuomo received a B.A. from Fordham University and his J.D. from Albany Law School. From 1984 to 1985, Cuomo was a New York assistant district attorney. In 1997 he became Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He ran a failed campaign for Governor in 2002 and in 2006 he successfully campaigned to become Attorney General of New York. In 2010 he was elected as Governor of New York.

Abortion: Andrew Cuomo is certified as pro-choice by NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Budget: Cuomo has passed four on-time budgets in a row as Governor. In 2014, the state had a $4.2 billion state budget surplus.

Economy: Cuomo created Start-Up NY, a program with the incentive of bringing new businesses to New York by: allowing them to pay zero taxes for 10 years, providing access to university facilities, and the promise of major-market facilities.

Cuomo has not come out in support or against raising the minimum wage.

Education: Cuomo initially supported Common Core, but in a new advertisement the Governor backed off of the controversial evaluation system.

Amongst his goals in the advertisement, Cuomo promised “not to use common core testing for five years and then only if our children are ready.”

Though the program was pushed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Cuomo ultimately championed statewide universal pre-kindergarten by including it in the state budget.

Energy & Environment: Cuomo has repeatedly stated that he won’t make a decision on fracking until a state commissioned study is over.

Cuomo’s administration “played down or removed” language in early drafts of a fracking study commissioned in 2011, Capital New York reported.

Guns: Cuomo passed the NY SAFE Act, often regarded as some of the toughest gun legislation in the country. It bans high capacity magazines and assault weapons as well as prevent convicted felons and individuals with mental health issues from receiving guns.

Healthcare: Governor Cuomo supported Obamacare fully and used his executive power to enforce one of its critical features after it was rejected by the State Senate.

In an about face, Cuomo supported and signed a strict bill bringing medical marijuana to New York.

Immigration: Governor Cuomo has said that he would sign the DREAM Act if it passes the State Senate and Assembly but he has not actively campaigned for it.

Marriage: In 2011, Governor Cuomo signed a bill allowing same-sex marriage.


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