Cheers and Jeers

JEERS – To an elected bully. After the president’s State of the Union address, U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm from Staten Island was approached by a reporter for his thoughts about the address. The reporter also tried to ask Grimm about allegations regarding his campaign finances. Grimm turned and walked away, but then returned and told reporter Michael Scotto: “Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this [expletive] balcony.” When Scotto replied, “Why? Why? It’s a valid question,” Grimm said, “No, no, you’re not man enough, you’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.” This was all caught on tape. The reporter was doing his job. Grimm’s conduct was inexcusable. If he can’t handle reporters’ questions, he shouldn’t be in Congress. Grimm threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony. The voters should throw Grimm out of office.

JEERS -To an illegal meeting. Last week, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., met with Montgomery County’s new legislature. We always applaud Schumer’s visits to our area, but his most recent visit raised the ire of open-government proponents like us. Schumer, eight of the nine legislators, the county administrator and mayor of Amsterdam met behind closed doors before coming out for a news conference. The meeting appeared to violate the state’s Open Meetings Law. A quorum of elected county legislators was present, and many in that room were aware of it. The meeting should have been open to the public, and someone at that meeting should have spoken up and demanded the law be followed. We hope Andrew Santillo, who has been hired as the communications specialist for Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort, will encourage the county to adhere to the Open Meetings Law. He is a former reporter with a degree in journalism.

CHEERS – To warmth. Hundreds of local children are warmer because you cared. They are warmer because the community provided generous monetary donations, the Gloversville Salvation Army provided assistance and volunteers gave of their time. A special thank you to our 2013 shoppers: Michelle Ellis, Shannon Smith, Vicky Skiff, Beverly Kazala, Linda Hallenbeck, Nancy Davidson, Anita Ashelman, Andrea Moran, Patty Franco, Markie King, Audrey Kline, Pam Miller, Bonnie Valachovic, Bonnie Peters, Anita Hanaburgh and Lynn DeMarco. You all made such a difference.