(CNN) – Republican Rep. Michael Grimm of Staten Island said the destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy on Staten Island three weeks ago will last beyond the physical damage.
"We're through the very first stage where a lot of people are in shock and don't even realize the magnitute and gravity of just how devasting this is," Grimm said Friday on CNN's "Starting Point."
(CNN) – A new poll released Wednesday indicates New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn holds a solid lead among Democrats in the city's mayoral race next year.
Quinn, who has yet to announce an official bid but is expected to run, has the support of 32% of registered Democrats in the potentially crowded primary, while other likely candidates fall behind with 10% or less of the vote, according to the Quinnipiac University survey.
NEW YORK (CNN) – President Barack Obama on Thursday designated Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan the federal point person to lead New York's storm recovery effort, just more than two weeks after a rare mix of converging weather slammed into the Northeast.
"We thought it'd be good to have a New Yorker," Obama said Thursday, referencing Donovan's previous stint atop the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The agency is thought to be among the nation's largest municipal developers of low- to mid-income housing.FULL STORY
(CNN) – Despite his resignation on Friday citing an extramarital affair, former CIA Director David Petraeus should not back out of plans to testify on the recent attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a high-ranking House member said Friday on CNN.
Homeland Security Committee chairman Rep. Peter King, who is also a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has been a vocal critic of the Obama administration's handling of the September 11, 2012, attacks in Libya that killed four Americans including diplomat Chris Stevens.
(CNN) – Former Rep. Anthony Weiner posted his first tweet Wednesday since resigning nearly 18 months ago over a scandal involving lewd photos and messages he sent via Twitter.
The former Democratic congressman's new tweet simply included a link to a YouTube video raising awareness for the storm-ruined Rockaways, a peninsula that partly falls in his old congressional district in Queens and Brooklyn.
Anthony Weiner (@RepWeiner) November 07, 2012
(CNN) - Long, slow-moving lines stretched around polling stations across New York City a week after Superstorm Sandy's fury threatened to keep many citizens from voting.
"It's inspiring to see so many people up and out to vote already," said one woman at a makeshift polling station in Brooklyn established to replace regular precinct locations made unusable by storm damage.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Voters in some New York counties may get an extra day to cast ballots if disruptions caused Superstorm Sandy prevent enough citizens from showing up at the polls, a state official said Sunday.
County election officials could ask New York state Board of Elections to allow polls to re-open for another day if Tuesday's turnout is less than 25%, according to state board spokesman Thomas Connolly said.FULL STORY
Elizabeth, New Jersey (CNN) - Four days before Election Day and four days after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast, Dennis Kobitz, administrator for the Union County Board of Elections, is on his way to polling sites to check on voting machine deliveries.
It would normally take Kobitz a few minutes to cross into the nearby city of Roselle from the Board of Elections office in Elizabeth, a city near Newark. This time it stretches into a 30-minute adventure.FULL STORY
(CNN) – President Barack Obama recognized the massive destruction wreaked by Superstorm Sandy this past week in his weekly address on Saturday – his last weekly address before Election Day – and said he was inspired by stories of first responders.
“Today, I ask everyone to keep them in your prayers,” he said, speaking of the victims. “And as President, I promise them this: your country will be there for you for as long as it takes to recover and rebuild.”
(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky held firm on his stance Thursday that local government provides better service when disaster strikes than the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
This summer, the Republican senator made headlines when he held up a bill re-authorizing the National Flood Insurance Program by attaching a non-related "personhood" amendment that called for defining life as beginning at conception.