Staten Island

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Mayor de Blasio a Groundhog Killer?

Staten Island Chuck died a week after Groundhog Day fall

(Newser) - Staten Island Chuck has died, and he apparently didn't just peacefully pass on to "that big farm in the sky," as one NYC lawmaker puts it. Rather, as per the rather breathless New York Post , "Mayor Bill de Blasio has groundhog blood on his hands!"... More »

Strict Dress Code Yields 200 Detentions in 2 Weeks

90% of punished students have been girls

(Newser) - A strict dress code adopted by a Staten Island school has resulted in 200 detentions in the last two weeks. A city Department of Education spokeswoman tells the New York Post the new "Dress for Success" policy at Tottenville High School was a "local decision" made "at... More »

Unarmed Man Dies in Police Chokehold

Staten Island dad allegedly sold untaxed cigarettes

(Newser) - An unarmed Staten Island man died yesterday after police put him in a choke-hold and he shouted "I can't breathe!" at least nine times, New York reports. Eric Garner, 43, a father of six and a grandfather, can be seen in an eyewitness video standing on a... More »

Cops: Jilted Suitor Tried to Frame Rival in Bomb Scares

3 inert devices planted around Staten Island

(Newser) - A 54-year-old man is accused of planting three inert bombs around Staten Island in order to frame the husband of a neighborhood woman he liked, reports the Staten Island Advance . Police say the man left his homemade devices in residential areas over the last month, reports the Daily News , which... More »

Turkey Detains Suspect in NY Mom's Murder

'Ziya T.' had been on run for a month after Sarai Sierra found dead

(Newser) - After more than a month of searching, Turkish police have detained a man considered the top suspect in the murder of 33-year-old Sarai Sierra, an American mom and photographer who was found dead in Istanbul last month. A police spokesman says that the suspect, identified as Ziya T., was caught... More »

A Zebra and Pony Running Wild in Staten Island? Yep

They escaped from a petting zoo

(Newser) - A Staten Island business owner shot video today of a decidedly weird scene: A Shetland pony and a zebra were galloping through a strip mall parking lot, reports the Staten Island Advance . Turns out Razzi (the zebra) and Casper (the pony) escaped from a nearby petting zoo, and both are... More »

NJ: No More Gas Rationing

...and other Hurricane Sandy-related updates

(Newser) - It's been two weeks since Sandy slammed the NJ/NY region, and she's still making news, some good, some bad. The latest:
  • Gas rationing will be a thing of the past in New Jersey as of 6am tomorrow. Chris Christie, who instituted the odd-even days on Nov. 3, said
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What Election? Sandy Recovery Continues

Marines head to Staten Island, Queens

(Newser) - Sure, it's Election Day tomorrow—but to plenty of families still reeling from Sandy's effects, civic duty is a secondary concern, the Washington Post reports. "Everyone’s trying to live. They got kids. How’s anybody gonna go out and vote?" says a Manhattan school lunch helper.... More »

Phony Relief Worker Busted in NYC

He posed as Red Cross volunteer to break into homes

(Newser) - A New York City criminal who spied opportunity after superstorm Sandy struck has been arrested for allegedly posing as a Red Cross worker to break into evacuated homes, the New York Daily News reports. The 49-year-old, who has a criminal record going back decades, was arrested after cops spotted him... More »

NY Marathon Runners Deliver Goods Instead

While others complete the race at Central Park

(Newser) - Never mind the cancellation. Here comes the marathon. Thousands of runners poured into New York City's Central Park this morning to do what they had prepared so long to do—put in 26.2 miles. That's despite the abrupt announcement Friday evening that the world's largest marathon... More »

Teen Jumped to Her Death Over Sex-Party Bullying

Felicia Garcia was tormented over night with football players: police

(Newser) - For Felicia Garcia, an oncoming train was better than another day of bullying. The long-troubled girl—a chronic runaway who lived with foster parents—jumped to her death at a packed train station on Staten Island this week because she was bullied, police say. "Kids are saying she had... More »

Staten Island to Get World's Tallest Ferris Wheel

It's supposed to be open in 2015

(Newser) - If all goes as planned, Staten Island will be the site of the world's tallest Ferris wheel in 2015, reports the New York Post . Mayor Bloomberg and state and city bigwigs unveiled plans for the 625-foot-high ride yesterday. It will beat the current No. 1 Singapore Flyer by 84... More »

GOP Rep Slams Office Break-In as 'Attack on Democracy'

But police say no sign of forced entry

(Newser) - The campaign office of Michael Grimm, a Republican congressman from Staten Island, has suffered a break-in, with the windows smashed by cinderblocks and computer hard drives erased, Politico reports. Grimm claims the attack was "politically motivated. This is an attack against a federal campaign office, which is an attack... More »

Toll Booth Worker Skims $7,500: Cops

Kicker: It was during his probationary period

(Newser) - Toll booth workers can make a decent living, but maybe not this decent. A temporary bridge and tunnel officer at a Staten Island bridge allegedly skimmed $7,500 from tolls paid by drivers, reports the Staten Island Advance . Between January and March, Richard Betancourt, 22, took the $13 toll from... More »

Pit Bull Survives Shot in Head After Saving Owner

Staten Island pooch helps scare off home invader

(Newser) - A courageous dog saved the day in Staten Island when he helped scare off a home invader and survived a bullet to the head, reports the New York Post . The drama began when a burglar disguised as a FedEx deliveryman tried to break into Justin Becker's apartment. Becker threw... More »

New York Bullying Victim Kills Herself

Staten Island teen walks in front of bus

(Newser) - A Staten Island 15-year-old whose family said she got bullied at school has died after walking in front of a bus holding a suicide note, reports the Daily News . Classmates had taken the belongings of Amanda Cummings and even made mean comments on her Facebook page after the incident, her... More »

Mom Tries to Scare Kid Into Behaving, Gets Busted

Police say mom Annette Gerhardt was out of control

(Newser) - A Staten Island couple looking to "scare straight" their unruly 6-year-old at a local police station had the tables turned when the police busted the pair for child endangerment. Annette Gerhardt took her daughter to the station house, telling her that was where bad children go, cops said. But... More »

Staten Island Ferry Hits Dock; Dozens Injured

None life-threatening; cause appears to be mechanical failure

(Newser) - A Staten Island ferry with a history of accidents lost power as it approached its terminal today and smashed into a pier with a jolt that tossed passengers to the deck and hurt as many as 37 people. The cause appeared to be mechanical failure. Seventeen people were taken by... More »

NY Senator Diane Savino Wins Over Internet

She may be on gay marriage's losing side, but she's a viral video sensation

(Newser) - The New York state senate voted down gay marriage yesterday, but the debate created a big winner on the losing side: viral video darling Diane Savino, who's taking the blogosphere by storm. "Savino for President 2016!" Lindsay Robertson writes for Jezebel . In just over 7 minutes, the Staten... More »

Gun Collector Fatally Shoots Wife, Cats, Self

'It was an accident,' Staten Island plumber tells 911

(Newser) - A New York man called 911 yesterday and admitted to shooting his wife and cat—and then shot himself in the head minutes before police arrived. "I shot my wife," John Pizon told emergency services. "Yeah, it was an accident. And I shot the cats, too.... More »

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