Staten Island’s Grimm asks TSA to rethink knife ruling

More than 100 members of Congress signed a letter circulated by a bipartisan group of representatives, including Rep. Michael G. Grimm, that calls on the Transportation Security Administration to rethink its recent decision to allow some knives on airplanes. It will be sent by the end of this week to TSA Administrator John S. Pistole, the contingent said. “This level of congressional opposition should serve as a wake-up call to TSA,” said Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn).

City Council’s 4 Republicans, including Staten Island’s Oddo and Ignizio, to back Lhota in primary

The City Council’s four-man GOP delegation is endorsing Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota in the GOP City Hall primary. Councilman James Oddo (R-Mid-Island/Brooklyn) told the Advance he will join Councilmen Vincent Ignizio (R-South Shore) and Queens Councilmen Dan Halloran and Eric Ulrich at an endorsement event with Lhota at City Hall on Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock.

Staten Island lawmakers back bill to aid U.S. troops with tuition assistance

A bipartisan bill that would have SUNY and CUNY schools reduce tuition for active-duty military and reservists — whose tuition assistance has been cut because of the federal sequester — was announced in Albany Monday. Assembly members Joseph Borelli and Nicole Malliotakis, who are among the co-sponsors of the bill, hailed the measure, saying U.S. troops deserve it.

To support toll relief, Staten Island pols had to vote for DREAM Act

It was a political Catch-22 for GOP Assembly members Nicole Malliotakis and Joe Borelli last week. A deal had been struck to cut Verrazano-Narrows Bridge tolls for residents and businesses here by sending $14 million to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as reimbursement for toll revenue lost because of the discounts.

Staten Island’s Sen. Lanza outlines program for federal buyouts, repairs

New York state has plans to allocate $400 million in federal funds for buyouts and $700 million in federal funds to Staten Islanders looking to repair or rebuild their homes after Hurricane Sandy — so says state Sen. Andrew Lanza. Lanza (R-Staten Island) delivered the message at a community meeting Friday night at Ariana’s Catering Hall in New Dorp Beach.