Apparently, being asked a question about the federal investigation into his campaign finances was a little too upsetting for Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm.
At least that’s what Michael Scotto discovered when he dared to go there and was told: “Let me be clear to you. If you ever do that to me again, I’ll throw you off this (expletive) balcony. … I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.” Grimm is a former Marine and FBI agent. The NY1 cable TV reporter is, well, a reporter. Way more Clark Kent than Superman.
The video went viral, which is probably not good for Grimm, a moderate Republican facing a tough re-election. At first Grimm tried to blame Scotto for the outburst, claiming he had been disrespectful and unprofessional. After a day of heavy criticism, Grimm apologized to the reporter.
But you know who’s tougher than a Staten Island congressman? Mother Nature. She has socked this region and much of the country with record cold. Around here this winter has conjured recollections of the Blizzard of ’77. It hasn’t been that bad, but it has earned students some days off because of the cold.
Maybe those students could take a lesson from Judy Marine, a Meals on Wheels for Western New York volunteer.
Marine was profiled by News staff reporter Mark Sommer, who noted how the 75-year-old braved arctic temps to make her deliveries to the housebound.
Marine’s dedication, good cheer and volunteerism are inspiring. She exemplifies what is best about Western New Yorkers.
And speaking of cold days, we feel bad for the hundreds of students in the area who spent a lot of time prepping for this week’s Regents exams, only to have the test canceled when schools were closed because of the bad weather.
Their next opportunity to take the tests doesn’t come until June because the state says it’s too expensive to prepare a makeup exam just in case bad weather closes schools somewhere in the state.
Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, calls it an “unacceptable situation,” and says the solution is for the state to have makeup exams ready to go. But the January exams are already makeup exams for those who had trouble with the tests in the other two exam periods, in June and August.
Why spend time and money preparing a makeup exam for the makeup exam?
A better solution would be to recognize the obvious: In January, some place in New York State is likely to be hit by bad weather. Then pick a more storm-friendly time for the exams, possibly in November or March.
Sure, we’ve had paralyzing storms in those months, but at least the odds are that students – and their teachers – won’t be preparing in vain.