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  • If the Democrats can’t beat Michael Grimm where can they win?

    09/23/2014 8:58:31 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/23/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The local “expert” political analyst and his editorial board must be apoplectic. This was NOT the way this first “independent” poll was supposed to turn out. The media and every Democrat leader in the 11th New York Congressional District hate Republican incumbent Michael Grimm with a burning passion; yet there it is, Grimm is ahead by 4 points. Grimm, the guy who is under a twenty count federal indictment for everything from tax evasion to jaywalking is up by 4 points in a Siena College poll – no less! Grimm, who was videoed threatening to throw a NY1 television reporter...
  • Teachers want their money back after UFT backs Sharpton (NYC)

    08/22/2014 8:19:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 19, 2014 | 8:14pm | Joe Tacopino, Jamie Schram and Bruce Golding
    The UFT will pay a heavy price for sponsoring the Rev. Al Sharpton’s anti-cop rally on Staten Island—as a growing number of teachers vow to cancel their contributions to the union’s political action committee. The UFT’s Committee on Political Education, or COPE, raked in more than $6 million between Jan. 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission. But ever since the union announced its support last week for a protest over the police chokehold death of Eric Garner, hundreds of members have used the UFT’s own Facebook page to publicly sever ties...
  • Furor Over NYPD Choking and Beating Staten Island Man To Death [Video]

    07/18/2014 1:04:10 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 174 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 18 2014 | JP Staff
    (Video has been removed from JP and youtube...) A 400-pound Staten Island dad of six, suffering for asthma, died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, according to a video of the incident published on The Daily News website. “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Eric Garner, 43, is heard screaming after at least five NYPD officers took him down in front of a Tompkinsville beauty supply store when he resisted an arrest. Within moments Garner stopped struggling and appeared to be unconscious as police called paramedics...
  • Guy Molinari, Geraldo Rivera come to defense of GOP Rep. Michael Grimm

    04/30/2014 6:55:05 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Staten Island Advance ^ | Tom Wrobleski
    Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) got some full-throated support from ally Guy Molinari and radio talk show host Geraldo Rivera on Tuesday. Appearing on Rivera's radio show on WABC, Molinari called Grimm "a great American" said he was certain that the criminal case against Grimm was a political witch hunt aimed at defeating the only GOP member of the city's House delegation. "There's no question about that whatsoever," Molinari said.
  • Staten Island congressman denies 17-minute sex romp in Brooklyn wine bar

    04/30/2014 3:52:06 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 36 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | October 16, 2013 | Joey Scarborough, Dan Friedman, & Corinne Lestch
    Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm denied reports Tuesday that he had a kinky 17-minute sex romp with a woman in the unisex bathroom of a Brooklyn wine bar. The Republican congressman, who is single, said he didn’t score at The Owl’s Head in Bay Ridge on the Friday preceding the government shutdown two weeks ago. “I will not dignify this absurd distortion of the facts with a response,” the pol said, calling the accusations a “Democrat-led smear campaign.” A source said Grimm went to the bathroom only to check on the woman, who was upset. “It wasn’t 17 minutes,” the...
  • Update: Rep. Michael Grimm to be indicted after long investigation

    04/25/2014 5:59:30 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 22 replies
    silive.com ^ | 4/25/2014 | Tom Wrobleski
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) is expected to be indicted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York following a long federal investigation, his attorney told the Advance. In a statement to the paper, Washington D.C. attorney William McGinley said "After more than two years of investigation plagued by malicious leaks, violations of grand jury secrecy, and strong-arm tactics, the U.S. Attorney's Office has disclosed its intent to file criminal charges against Congressman Grimm. We are disappointed by the government's decision, but hardly surprised." McGinley said, "From the beginning, the government has pursued a politically driven...
  • Arden Heights woman with chronic illnesses says Obamacare left her without doctors and medication

    04/17/2014 10:01:30 AM PDT · by grundle · 17 replies
    silive.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Tracy Porpora
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- After receiving her new health coverage in January through the New York State of Health Marketplace, Arden Heights resident Margaret Figueroa, 49, who suffers from two chronic illnesses, went to her pharmacy to fill her prescriptions. Although her insurance company, EmblemHealth, assured her she was covered, her insurance card was denied. While she had signed up for new health coverage -- because her insurance carrier dropped her old plan -- the company's internal paperwork apparently wasn't filed. She also learned that all her long-time doctors didn't accept the new insurance plan. For Ms. Figueroa, who suffers...
  • Seventh-Grade Girls Hospitalized After Drinking Booze in Class, DOE Says

    04/09/2014 2:25:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    DNAinfo ^ | April 9, 2014 | Nicholas Rizzi
    Eight middle school students were hospitalized after they were caught drinking booze out of a water bottle and an AriZona ice tea bottle inside a classroom, a parent and the Department of Education said. The seventh-grade girls were passing around the alcohol-filled bottles inside at William A. Morris Intermediate School, 445 Castleton Ave., on Wednesday afternoon, the DOE said. The water bottle smelled of alcohol, but the DOE did not say what kind. "We're going to really discuss this," said Makishan Brown, of West Brighton, mother of one of the girls. "I have zero tolerance about this." Brown said the...
  • Republicans plan to tie Dem challenger Recchia to Mayor de Blasio in bid to keep S.I. seat(edit)

    04/09/2014 2:29:57 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | April 9, 2014
    WASHINGTON — Republican strategists have settled on a new strategy in their fight to a keep Staten Island’s lone congressional seat in GOP hands: tie Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia to Mayor de Blasio at every turn.
  • This Horrifying Clown Is Haunting Staten Island

    03/25/2014 10:57:26 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 35 replies
    We at the Observer would advise skipping this story if you plan on sleeping without horrific nightmares ever again. If social media is to be believed, there is a man dressed as a clown wandering around Staten Island at night. Witnesses describe him as bald, wearing a trademark blue and yellow clown suit, holding balloons and OH MY GOD LOOK AT THIS PICTURE. The clown, which has reportedly been spotted hanging around the Grasmere and Richmond Valley train stations according to the SI Advance, has been snapped three times and uploaded to Twitter and Instagram, providing both internet buzz and...
  • Staten Islanders file civil rights complaint against Bayonne Bridge project

    01/28/2014 4:27:51 PM PST · by SMGFan · 6 replies
    Star Ledger NJ.com ^ | January 28, 2014
    NEW YORK — A Staten Island community group says a project to raise the Bayonne Bridge violates the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 by exposing minority residents of the island's north shore to toxins without providing any offsetting economic benefits.
  • Teen Girl Blames Weed Smoking on Bill de Blasio

    11/13/2013 3:15:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 11/14 | Joe Coscarelli
    It begins! According to the NYPD, a 16-year-old girl got ornery during the breakup of a Staten Island house party over the weekend, telling the officers that the mayor-elect would condone her choice of revelry. "This is the projects. Everybody smokes weed! De Blasio's gonna legalize it," she said, allegedly. ("Police say she's a budding political expert," the Staten Island Advance winks, like a dad.) "We gonna smoke more weed after you leave," the teenager added. "You ain't my dad! You can't tell me what to do." The little angel has a different story: "I blew them a kiss and...
  • New York ICE Attacked By Open Borders Mob

    07/26/2013 10:04:37 PM PDT · by OddLane · 5 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | July 27, 2013 | Gerard Perry
    You can watch video of the altercation at this link. Joanna Marzullo, president of New York ICE, describes the incident below. July 25, 2013 NY ICE (New Yorkers for Immigration Control and Enforcement) conducted outreach outside of the Staten Island Ferry in New York City. NY ICE is the only activist organization in this state devoted to having our existing immigration laws enforced. NY ICE wants Staten Island politicians who have spoken against illegal alien amnesty to remain opposed to illegal alien trespassers. Illegal alien trespassers are not immigrants, and are certainly not legal New York voters. There is a...
  • Staten Island Rallies Against The NY SAFE Act

    05/27/2013 9:21:20 AM PDT · by OddLane · 5 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | May 27, 2013 | Gerard Perry
    The events of the past week have prevented us from discussing an issue dear to the hearts of many of our followers. Namely, the continuing, deliberate assault by public officials upon the intrinsic liberties of Americans. Specifically, the right to defend our lives and property from unprovoked aggression. We know what happens when citizens surrender their individual rights to the state; the burning fields in Mexico and the inferno in Sweden illustrate why entrusting your security to the guardianship of the state-which in many cases is responsible for placing you in peril in the first place-is such a monumentally foolish...
  • Fox’s Bret Baier Reveals That DOJ Also Seized Phone Records For James Rosen’s Parents

    05/21/2013 6:15:56 PM PDT · by maggief · 87 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 21, 2013 | Josh Feldman
    During a panel discussion on the Department of Justice seizing the phone records of Fox News’ James Rosen, Bret Baier revealed that the seizure included the phone records of Rosen’s parents. The entire panel agreed the scandal was an outrage, with Kirsten Powers pointing out that there have been a number of high-profile leaks from the Obama administration, but the only ones they seem interested in going after are the ones that make them look bad. Charles Krauthammer found it amazing that the government would make such a “huge assault on the first amendment” in trying to go after Rosen...
  • Sandy buyout offer: 169 on Staten Island say ye$!

    02/26/2013 2:22:18 PM PST · by Revel · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/26/13 | KATE KOWSH in New York and BETH DEFALCO in Albany
    Gov. Cuomo said yesterday that 169 of 192 residents of Staten Island’s storm devastated Oakwood Beach have taken him up on his offer to buy out their Sandy-ravaged homes. The people who live in the battered neighborhood have been enticed by a deal that will pay them 100 percent of their damaged home’s prestorm market value — plus 5 percent if the homeowners stay on Staten Island, Cuomo said. The feds will pick up 75 percent of the tab. “Let’s build back smarter than before, and let’s do it right,” Cuomo said during a visit Monday to the College of...
  • Staten Island's Community Education Council voted Monday night for armed guards in schools...

    01/13/2013 12:32:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | January 7, 2013 | Edgar Sandoval , Jennifer H. Cunningham and Stephen Rex Brown
    The historic vote — approving its own controversial proposal to station 300 to 500 retired police officers at local schools — was symbolic because Mayor Bloomberg and Dennis Walcott can veto the council’s recommendations. Staten Island residents voted Monday night for armed guards in schools, but the city’s top education official said he’ll shoot down the initiative. “It’s not happening. Plain and simple,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. “I can’t be any clearer than that,” he added, echoing Mayor Bloomberg’s longstanding position in favor of gun control, not gun-toting guards. Walcott said armed guards are not needed: “We have safe...
  • The Forgotten Borough (Resisting Hurricane Sandy)

    01/04/2013 8:44:22 AM PST · by OddLane · 7 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | January 4, 2013 | Gerard Perry
    Living in this city your entire life gives one the opportunity to experience things you would not normally encounter in any other part of the country. Many of these experiences are deeply unpleasant and disturbing, including periodic attempts, with varying degrees of success, by terrorists to blow up large sections of it, along with its inhabitants. Putting aside the preternatural feeling that I’m living in a very bad Michael Bay film-as if there is any other kind-there aren’t many things that occur to or in New York that shake me out of the existential torpor which stems from spending most...
  • Sandy relief center in New York looted, vandalized over Christmas

    12/27/2012 5:26:58 AM PST · by detective · 19 replies
    NBCNews ^ | 12/26/2012 | Marc Santia
    A relief center for storm-ravaged residents of Staten Island, New York, was vandalized and looted overnight on Christmas by thieves who stole donated supplies and destroyed items intended for victims of Hurricane Sandy. The Midland Beach center on Midland Avenue has been an oasis of hope for those who lost their homes in the storm nearly two months ago. The supplies are housed under a tent, which is blocked off with barricades and manned by volunteers, but the workers left the center unattended on Christmas night.
  • Merry Christmas, Staten Island (Toy Drive for Hurricane Sandy Families)

    12/24/2012 8:01:04 AM PST · by OddLane · 4 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | December 24 | Gerard Perry
    Last December, as you may remember, I went to my old neighborhood of Dyker Heights to share some of the more ostentatious seasonal displays with our readers. This year I decided to stay on the island and visit a local hair salon which was holding a toy drive for families who’ve been impacted by Hurricane Sandy, whose devastation encroached into nearly every part of Richmond County. This was an extraordinary event for a number of reasons, not the least being its rapid turnaround. To have planned and successfully executed a fully-catered party with live entertainment-including a DJ and magician-which hosted...
  • Hurricane Sandy: Staten Island Survivors

    11/21/2012 7:15:33 PM PST · by Kartographer · 79 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 11/21/12
    As we head into the Thanksgiving weekend, thousands of families in the northeast face a difficult holiday season. For those still reeling from the effects of Superstorm Sandy, emotions are still raw and futures are uncertain. Reuters photographer Mike Segar visited Staten Island last week, spending time with residents hard-hit by Sandy. He collected not just their portraits but their stories, as they stood amid the wreckage of what had been their homes, businesses, and places of worship. While there was anger and sadness on display, there was also a sense of gratitude for the outpouring of help from afar,...
  • President Obama takes a helicopter tour of New York to view Sandy´s devastation

    11/15/2012 1:05:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/15/12 | Meghan Keneally
    President Obama praised the resilient New York attitude and the efforts of rescue workers during his talk after touring areas of Queens and Staten Island that were ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.‘I´m very proud of you, New York. You guys are tough you bounce back,’ he said while visiting New Dorp Beach in Staten Island. After a brief helicopter tour of Queens- passing over particularly devastated areas like Rockaway Beach and Breezy Point- they arrived in Staten Island where they examined the damage by foot.
  • Disastrous Response (Why The Government Won't Be Your Savior)

    11/09/2012 5:47:47 PM PST · by OddLane · 25 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | November 9, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    One of the tragedies of Hurricane Sandy, in addition to the enormous human and material cost it has exacted from our city, is the misery which the chronic inefficiency and incompetence of our government has wrought. From the economically incoherent and historically ignorant institution of price controls to the resuscitation of policies as intellectually vapid as the men who impose them, the specter of the state making the lives of those already suffering even more unbearable is everywhere. Even the federal bureaucracies established to ostensibly aid people who have been the victims of natural disasters are woefully incapable of executing...
  • Resident: "Staten Island is dead... it's been abandoned... Obama and Bloomberg lied to us..."

    11/09/2012 7:46:28 AM PST · by pabianice · 152 replies
    Fox News Live | 11/9/12 | Boden
    Staten Island resident William Boden interviewed by phone. Staten Island has been abandoned. No electricity, no gas, no heat. People without shelter, clothing, food, water. Staten Island is gone and will never come back. Obama and Bloomberg lied to us. Red Cross absent. Promised FEMA aid absent. No aid of any kind. People lost all personal possessions in flooded, wrecked houses.
  • Forgotten by FEMA: Volunteers step up in storm-ravaged NYC borough

    11/08/2012 10:58:43 AM PST · by tobyhill · 39 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/8/2012 | By Perry Chiaramonte, Joshua Rhett Miller
    Volunteers and disaster victims have taken rescue, recovery and security into their own hands on New York's storm-ravaged borough of Staten Island, where they say FEMA has forgotten them. Already without power for more than a week in the wake of superstorm Sandy, hard-hit residents of the borough's South Shore braved a nor'easter Wednesday night, many -- perhaps hundreds -- huddling in condemned homes and ignoring orders to evacuate out of fear looters would take what little Mother Nature has left them. "FEMA packed up everything yesterday and left the area," said MaryLou Wong, whose home in the Midland Beach...
  • Headline Of The Day: Staten Island FEMA Disaster Center Shuts Doors “Due To Weather”

    11/07/2012 10:58:50 AM PST · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    http://www.theminorityreportblog.com ^ | november 7, 2012 | steve foley
    A FEMA disaster recovery center in a Hurricane Sandy-ravaged corner of Staten Island that was supposed to provide shelter, food and assistance to hurricane victims Wednesday morning went MIA, posting a sign saying that they were closed due to the approaching nor’easter. A printed paper sign taped to the front door of on the center at 6581 Hylan Blvd. at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday read “FEMA Center Closed Due to Weather.” The front doors of the disaster recovery center, which is housed inside the Mount Lorretto Catholic Youth Organization, were unlocked, but there was no staff anywhere in sight for at...
  • (Priorities) Hurricane-Relief Guardsmen Tossed Out of Armory - for Victoria's Secret Show

    11/05/2012 7:43:18 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 5, 2012 | TARA PALMERI and DAVID K. LI
    Hurricane-relief Guardsmen tossed out of armory - for Victoria's Secret show The Victoria’s Secret show must go on — even if it means kicking out hardworking men and women in uniform. Dozens of National Guardsmen, and Army and Air Force personnel who have been sleeping at Manhattan’s Lexington Armory in between hurricane-relief shifts are being booted — to make room for Victoria’s Secret models in anticipation of Wednesday’s runway show. About 300 uniformed personnel have been bunking down at the armory at various times since Sandy hit. But their numbers will be reduced to 60 by Wednesday for the event,...
  • (Heckuva job, Bloomy) Mayor Bloomberg’s Response to Sandy Leaves Many New Yorkers Out in the Cold

    11/05/2012 7:07:30 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 45 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Nov 5, 2012 | Harry Siegel
    Mayor Bloomberg’s Response to Sandy Leaves Many New Yorkers Out in the Cold The mayor has brilliantly stage-managed his handling of the storm, but outside the city’s affluent precincts numerous angry residents feel abandoned by his administration as days have passed and help has remained distant, writes Harry Siegel. “Are you from OEM? Or FEMA?” “No, we’re from Brooklyn.” That was the exchange when, after nearly six hours, the volunteer group I spent Sunday with finally managed to deliver supplies— flashlights, blankets, winter jackets, baby supplies, and pet food—to Staten Islanders who’d been rocked by Hurricane Sandy. On television, New...
  • VANITY KFI640AM Lots of Bodies still floating Staten, Election Year thwarts coverage - Lisa Walter

    11/03/2012 4:21:41 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 14 replies
    LIsten to KFI AM 640 The Lisa Ann Walker Show. She has family on Staten Island. KFI will offer the pdcast after the show airs. She reports lots of bodeis still being found. The news is not being reported becuase of the election and the possibiklty of another storm.
  • Why Staten Island Went for McCain

    11/03/2012 11:27:39 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 10 replies
    CityRoom Blog NYTimes ^ | November 6, 2008 | JONATHAN P. HICKS
    In Tuesday’s election, New York City was firmly Obama country with the Democratic candidate sweeping the city with huge margins of victory. But that was not the case in all parts of the city. While Barack Obama won 88 percent of the votes in the Bronx, 85 percent of Manhattan, 79 percent of Brooklyn and 74 percent of Queens, Staten Island went for John McCain, giving the Republican senator 52 percent of the borough’s vote, according to unofficial returns tabulated by The Associated Press. Those results again underscored the distinctive position that Staten Island has had in the fabric of...
  • Flood of tears: Bodies of SI boys found after being swept away by Sandy

    11/02/2012 1:51:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 2, 2012 | DOUG AUER, JESSICA SIMEONE and LEONARD GREENE
    The nightmare that began when raging storm waters ripped two little Staten Island boys from their mother’s arms reached its tragic conclusion yesterday when their bodies were found in marshlands close to where they disappeared.Glenda Moore wailed uncontrollably after cops showed up at her Great Kills home yesterday and delivered the grim news. The short lives of Brandon, 2, and Connor, 4, ended in murky water, under debris and trees toppled by the storm. They were found about 20 yards apart at around 10 a.m. by cops in wet suits using shovels and pitchforks to clear the thick brush.“It’s a...
  • Staten Island Residents Wondering Where the Government is 3 Days After Sandy

    11/02/2012 1:44:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/02/2012 | Rick Moran
    It's just too tempting to compare the media response to government relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the response to Sandy. The dichotomy is stark. ABC News: ***** The residents of Staten Island are pleading for help from elected officials, begging for gasoline, food and clothing three days after Sandy slammed the New York City borough. "We're going to die! We're going to freeze! We got 90-year-old people!" Donna Solli told visiting officials. "You don't understand. You gotta get your trucks down here on the corner now. It's been three days!" Staten Island was one of the...
  • STATEN ISLAND: OBAMA'S FLOODED NINTH WARD

    11/02/2012 10:06:06 AM PDT · by Wings-n-Wind · 29 replies
    vanity | 11/2/12 | self
    THEN--KATRINA: Due to the topography and the extent of the flood damage to the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans-- rescue and aid delivery was painstakingly slow. Days went by before the rescues were completed and meaningful aid arrived in the Lower Ninth Ward.... The DEMS and the press loudly castigated the President and his administration for not waving some magic wand over this situation. NOW -- SANDY: The death and widespread destruction on Staten Island is getting very little exposure press through the recovery stages of the SANDY storm disaster. ....YES---there are similar limitations hindering the delivery of basic...
  • Staten Island Borough President: Don’t Give Money to the Red Cross

    11/01/2012 5:47:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 37 replies
    politicker ^ | 11.1.2012 | colin campbell
    At a press conference this morning on Staten Island, a host of local officials, including Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, gathered to highlight the needs of the hard-hit borough in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. And, although many pols spoke, no one was more impassioned than Borough President James Molinaro, who called the Red Cross an “absolute disgrace” and even urged the public to cease giving them contributions. “Because the devastation in Staten Island, the lack of a response,” Mr. Molinaro said to explain his comment to NBC after the press conference. “You know, I went to a shelter...
  • Staten Island Borough President: Don’t Give Money to the Red Cross

    11/01/2012 9:26:20 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 72 replies
    Politicker ^ | 11-1-2012 | Colin Campbell
    At a press conference this morning on Staten Island, a host of local officials, including Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, gathered to highlight the needs of the hard-hit borough in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. And, although many pols spoke, no one was more impassioned than Borough President James Molinaro, who called the Red Cross an “absolute disgrace” and even urged the public to cease giving them contributions. ..... (Read the whole thing)
  • Confirmed: Mafia Towns Have Dirty Politicians

    09/18/2012 1:50:45 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/18/12 | Friends of Ours
    The four areas where organized crime reigns in America -- New York City, Dirty Jersey, Chicagoland and South Florida -- also account for the lion's share of corruption convictions by federal prosecutors against local officials as reported by Joe Palazzolo for The Wall Street Journal Law Blog. The U.S. Department of Justice has released the number of corruption convictions its prosecutors have won against public servants over the last ten years across the 93 federal judicial districts into which the country is divided, and at the top of the list is New Jersey with 429 convictions. Third on the list...
  • More than 4,000 compete at Spartan Race Challenge

    09/25/2011 9:18:24 AM PDT · by OddLane · 4 replies
    Staten Island Advance ^ | September 25\4, 2011 | Michael Sedon
    Hundreds of mud-covered participants darted from one obstacle to the next as they competed in the grueling eight-mile Super Spartan Race yesterday at Wolfe's Pond Park, as part of the Spartan Race Challenge. Under the Spartan Race banner, there are four different obstacle courses with varying degrees of "extremeness," starting with the Spartan Sprint, then the Super Spartan followed by The Spartan Beast and -- the most extreme -- The Death Race.
  • Staten Island state Sen. Diane Savino apologizes for 'Mafia' slur directed at Tea Party

    08/04/2011 10:30:17 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 62 replies · 2+ views
    silive.com ^ | August 4, 2011 | Tom Wrobleski
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Spurred in part by an Advance editorial that criticized her, state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) today apologized for referring to Tea Party members as "the new mafia" on her personal Facebook page. In a posting on her Facebook page, Ms. Savino said, “when you use language that upsets people it muddies your message. So, if the term mafia is offensive to anyone, I offer my apology.” Ms. Savino said “leaders should be able to admit when they are wrong.” As part of her mea culpa, Ms. Savino also posted a link to the critical Advance...
  • Mug thugs beat elderly SI duo [Staten Island, NY]

    01/26/2011 4:28:45 PM PST · by ETL · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 26, 2011 | ERIN CALABRESE and CHUCK BENNETT
    The brutal assault occurred Sunday after Joseph Naimo and his 74-year-old wife, Linda, celebrated his 81st birthday at their 3J's Variety Store on Victory Boulevard in Tompkinsville. They left the store and walked a few steps to the door leading to their upstairs apartment. A hulking man and his female cohort suddenly pushed them into the stairwell and knocked them to the ground. The man punched and kicked Joseph, demanding, "Give me the money!" cops said. Joseph, who is legally blind, offered his wallet and pleaded, "I don't have any more. Look!" according to his granddaughter Gina Naimo, 29. "He...
  • Turkeys invade Staten Island (Gobble, gobble!)

    11/11/2010 9:27:44 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/10/2010 | n/a
    Thanksgiving may be two weeks away, but every day is turkey day for a quiet section of New York City's Staten Island. While some residents embrace the roughly 100 turkeys that live year around in the Ocean Breeze neighborhood on the island's southern shore, others find them a nuisance. "It's a controversy because some people are upset by them and others love them," says Suzanne Mattei, regional director of the New York Department of Conservation in Staten Island. Mattei said the turkeys first started showing up in 2000 after nine birds were released by a private citizen. Since then, they've...
  • Grimm, on stage for congressional debate, comes face-to-face with his ex-wife (NY-13 D shenanigans)

    10/28/2010 1:35:35 PM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 8 replies
    SILive.com ^ | 10/28/2010 | Judy L. Randall
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Call it a bit of campaign shenanigans unrivaled even in the rough and tumble that is a hallmark of Staten Island politics. Just before Democratic Rep. Michael McMahon and Republican challenger Michael Grimm strode on stage for their dramatic debate face-off at Wagner College Tuesday night, there was high drama unfolding in the audience: The sudden presence of Grimm's former wife in a front-row seat -- courtesy of the McMahon campaign. Also, Grimm's former father-in-law, businessman Jhong Uhk Kim, better known as "Master Kim," and two of his former brothers-in-law.
  • Hawaii Man Arrested on Terrorism-Related Charge

    10/25/2010 10:31:28 PM PDT · by Cindy · 26 replies · 1+ views
    CNN.com ^ | ctober 26, 2010 12:09 a.m. EDT | n/a
    (CNN) -- SNIPPET: "The charge centers around a one-way ticket that authorities allege Abdel Hameed Shehadeh purchased from Queens, New York, to Islamabad, Pakistan. Shehadeh originally told investigators that the purpose of his trip was to visit an Islamic university and attend a friend's engagement party. But he later admitted to FBI agents in Hawaii that he bought the ticket in order to join a fighting group such as the Taliban, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in New York Monday."
  • 15-year-old boy arrested in attack on Mexican immigrant on Staten Island {"Liberian immigrant"}

    08/02/2010 1:58:30 PM PDT · by drpix · 23 replies · 9+ views
    www.nydailynews.com ^ | 8/2/10 | Rocco Parascandola
    A 15-year-old boy has been busted in the robbing and beating of a Mexican immigrant on Staten Island, the latest in a string of hate crimes... The 18-year-old victim was beaten and robbed... The suspect a Liberian immigrant who is now a U.S. citizen...
  • Mexican Youth Is Attacked on Staten Island (NY Times, "assailants, mostly young black men")

    08/02/2010 10:56:49 AM PDT · by neverdem · 90 replies · 16+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 1, 2010 | By KIRK SEMPLE
    The police on Staten Island were searching for three assailants Sunday in connection with the robbery and beating of a Mexican teenager a day earlier — the latest in a series of attacks on Mexican immigrants in Port Richmond that has spurred a heightened police presence and discussions among community leaders and residents on how to curb the rising violence. The assault occurred about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday as the victim, a 17-year-old high school junior, whose name was not disclosed by the authorities, was returning home after working a late shift as a busboy at a restaurant in Manhattan,...
  • Port Authority cops on lookout for terror attack (NYC bridges and tunnels targeted)

    06/23/2010 8:41:57 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6/23/10 | PHILIP MESSING
    Port Authority cops who staff the agency’s bridges and tunnels were read harrowing details of a terrorist threat today advising them to be on the lookout for a fuel-filled tanker meant to explode prior to a secondary blast designed to decimate any first responders, The Post has learned. The chilling warning was read at roll call for four police commands – cops assigned to the Holland and Lincoln Tunnel; the George Washington Bridge; and also the Staten Island command, which incorporates the Bayonne and Goethals Bridge and the Outerbridge Crossing, a source said.
  • Muslim American Society responds to Staten Island pastor's bid to cancel sale of convent

    06/18/2010 7:25:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies · 566+ views
    silive.com ^ | June 18, 2010
    Staten Island, N.Y. -- The Muslin American Society, in the name of the Muslim community, has issued a response to the bid by the Rev. Keith Fennessy of St. Margaret Mary R.C. Church, Midland Beach, to undo the sale of the parish's vacant convent to the MAS, which would build a mosque at the site. The MAS response is dated today and bears a Washington dateline. The text reads as follows: In reference to Rev. Keith Fennessy's letter withdrawing his support for the mosque purchase sale in Staten Island, N.Y., we feel strongly that much of what is taking place...
  • Mahdi Bray's Slippery Evasions

    06/11/2010 11:45:44 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 271+ views
    Note: Video included. SNIPPET: "Mahdi Bray is at the center of a firestorm on Staten Island. In response, he is falsely accusing the Investigative Project on Terrorism both of fueling it and of misrepresenting a videotape showing him enthusiastically responding to a call for Hamas and Hizballah supporters. At issue is the proposed sale of a convent to the Muslim American Society (MAS), a group founded by Muslim Brotherhood members in the United States. MAS hopes to turn the building into a mosque. Bray directs the group's political arm, MAS Freedom. Opponents of the sale have zeroed in on MAS'...
  • Tempers Flare at Meeting on “Muslim American Society” Plans for Staten Island Mosque – Video

    06/11/2010 6:48:43 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 8 replies · 349+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | June 11, 2010 | Brian
    Here is a video report out of New York on a meeting of citizens where tempers flared as they discussed a former convent on Staten Island being bought by the Muslim American Society in order to build a mosque there. At issue particularly is that one of the Muslim American Society members involved in the Staten Island project has been seen in a video from 10 years ago raising his arms in support of Hamas at a rally. Jihad Watch’s Robert Spencer was at the meeting and asked the man – Madi Bray – if he would denounce Hamas, which...
  • Fossella decides against bid for old seat

    05/27/2010 3:10:52 AM PDT · by Scanian · 1 replies · 168+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 26, 2010 | SALLY GOLDENBERG
    Disgraced former Rep. Vito Fossella (R-SI) said today he will not run for his old seat, but did not rule out a future run for public office. Speaking outside his office in Midtown Manhattan this afternoon, Fossella declined the Staten Island GOP executive committee's endorsement from last week. "I gave it thoughtful consideration. ... I'm frankly at a very good place in my life. I'm where I need to be and where I want to be and as a result ... I will not seek election to congress this year," Fossella said. The former congressman decided not to run for...
  • Grand old party: Panel picks drunk-driving, cheating, love-child-fathering Fossella...

    05/25/2010 3:37:32 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies · 437+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 24, 2010 | Helen Klein
    The already divisive Republican effort to unseat freshman Rep. Mike McMahon took a bizarre turn last week, when a GOP committee on Staten Island nominated none other than Vito Fossella — the congressman who was run out of town after a drunk-driving arrest and subsequent revelations that he had a secret family in Virginia — to represent the party in the fall election. The executive committee of the Staten Island GOP nominated former Rep. Fossella — the family-values politician who values families so much that he has two of them — to reclaim the seat he left after news of...