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  • Republican Ex-Friends Do Battle in S.I. Congressional Contest

    08/28/2008 8:49:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 214+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 29, 2008 | JONATHAN P. HICKS
    The two candidates were once friends, with one crediting the other for bringing him into Republican Party leadership. But the competition for the Republican nomination for a Congressional seat on Staten Island has produced a level of rancor that has left the two candidates bitterly sparring and the party in disarray. In the last week, Dr. Jamshad I. Wyne, the finance chairman of the Republican Party on Staten Island and a candidate for Congress, accused his rival in the primary, former Assemblyman Robert A. Straniere, of trying to persuade him to make illegal contributions to Mr. Straniere’s failed 2001 campaign...
  • Man Gets 5 Years in Prison for New York Subway Bomb Plot

    03/02/2007 4:35:45 PM PST · by RDTF · 16 replies · 533+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 02, 2007 | AP
    NEW YORK — A man was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday for conspiring to blow up a busy Manhattan subway station. James Elshafay, had pleaded guilty and testified against the mastermind of the plot, Shahawar Matin Siraj, at a trial last year in federal court in Brooklyn. Elshafay, the son of an Egyptian father and Irish mother, testified that after meeting Siraj at an Islamic bookstore, they hatched an initial scheme — later abandoned — to blow up the four bridges connecting Staten Island to Brooklyn and New Jersey. He also told jurors at Siraj's trial that...
  • Stunning GOP Setbacks Make Dems More Likely to Take Staten Island, Too

    07/02/2008 8:25:01 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 10 replies · 148+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | 7/1/2008 | Marie Horrigan
    With the defending Republicans facing twists and turns confirming that truth can be stranger than fiction, the Democrats now appear to hold a solid edge in the battle for the seat New York Republican Rep. Vito J. Fossella left open — after the married father of three admitted in May that he has a daughter from an ongoing extramarital relationship. The Republicans’ lack of a consensus replacement candidate less than two weeks before the July 10 candidate filing deadline, with no top-tier prospects at hand for the party’s Sept. 9 primary, has prompted CQ Politics to change its rating on...
  • Radio Host Sliwa Says He'd Mull Run for Fossella's Seat

    05/27/2008 5:15:33 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 111+ views
    silive.com ^ | May 27, 2008 | om Wrobleski
    If Staten Island Republicans can't find a candidate to replace GOP Rep. Vito Fossella in Congress, radio talk-show host Curtis Sliwa says he'd think about running. "I'm sure that you will be able to find a well known or well qualified candidate, with a distinguished record of public service," Sliwa said in a letter to borough GOP chairman John Friscia today. "If however the party is unable to, if you think it would be of help, I might be willing to be considered as a possible candidate." For the full text of Sliwa's letter, check out Tom Wrobleski's "Polit.bureau" blog....
  • Scramble Begins for Staten Island Congressional Seat to Be Vacated by Fossella

    05/20/2008 10:26:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 227+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 21, 2008 | JONATHAN P. HICKS
    The decision by Vito J. Fossella not to seek another term in Congress has roiled the political waters of his reliably Republican district, as both parties are searching for consensus candidates to succeed him when his term ends in January. The departure of Mr. Fossella might seem to present the Democrats with a major opportunity, but the party’s leaders have yet to agree on a candidate, and disputes have broken out over whether the candidate should come from the Staten Island or Brooklyn side of the district. Mr. Fossella’s decision is not clearly a blow to the Republicans. District Attorney...
  • Vito Fossella told cops he was on way to see 'my sick kid' at mystery gal's address

    05/07/2008 8:12:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 57 replies · 310+ views
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | May 7th 2008 | RICH SCHAPIRO, JAMES GORDON MEEK and TINA MOORE
    When cops stopped Rep. Vito Fossella for drunken driving, the married congressman said he was rushing to see his sick daughter on nearby Grimm St. - the home of the mystery woman who later plucked him from jail. Fossella's spokeswoman has insisted the single mom, Air Force Col. Laura Fay, 45, was only a "good friend," but the Staten Island Republican implied to suburban D.C. cops that Fay's 3-year-old was his. "The subject stated that he was driving down from Washington, D.C., to Grimm St. because his daughter was sick and needed to go to the hospital," a police report...
  • Police May Have Solved Staten Island Burglary (suspect illegal Albanian immigrants)

    04/23/2008 7:34:43 AM PDT · by joan · 15 replies · 2,139+ views
    NY1 News ^ | April 23, 2008
    April 23, 2008 Police believe they've found those responsible for the so-called "Ninja Burglaries" on Staten Island, but they're short of evidence, so they're turning to immigration authorities to throw the suspects out of the country. Investigators say they have closed the book on the so-called Ninja Burglar case,without making any arrests. Police sources say an effort is underway to deport a group of illegal immigrants from Albania. Investigators say they don't have enough evidence to charge them, but the men have been arrested for other burglaries in the past. A string of 19 burglaries began last May. The ninja...
  • Fervent wish for three islands: Heron come home Why the big birds flew the nests

    11/22/2007 5:21:24 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 100+ views
    star ledger ^ | November 13, 2007 | JOE MALINCONICO
    The channel between Staten Island and New Jersey meanders past smokestacks, oil tanks and towering cargo cranes, an industrial landscape that overshadows the occasional stretch of marsh or woodlands. It was this gritty waterfront that provided the background for one of nature's stunning revivals, starting in the mid-1970s: the return of herons to New York Harbor. It started when a longshoreman spotted some of the graceful birds wading near islands in the harbor. By the late 1980s, New York Harbor had become home to one of the largest heron rookeries in the Northeast, with several thousand birds nesting on the...
  • Woman, grandkid cheat death as truck nearly falls on them (FDNY: "It was a Godsend")

    09/19/2007 2:45:59 AM PDT · by Stoat · 1 replies · 87+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | September 19, 2007 | OREN YANIV and TINA MOORE
    Woman, grandkid cheat death as truck nearly falls on them BY OREN YANIV and TINA MOORE DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERSWednesday, September 19th 2007, 4:00 AM Truck driven by James Christian dangles from Staten Island Expressway after plunging off it onto South Ave., its wheels striking car driven by Jenetta Christophersen. Jenetta Christophersen, who was traveling with her granddaughter, Kayla, escaped injury. A baby girl and her grandmother escaped death by just inches yesterday when a big rig drove off an elevated highway and plunged in front of their car on Staten Island."I can't believe I'm alive," said Jenetta Christophersen, 61, who...
  • Time overtakes a maritime icon, Ocean lighthouse begins a slow fade

    08/21/2007 5:09:31 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 263+ views
    star ledger ^ | August 20, 2007 | TOM HESTER
    Standing atop a pile of rocks in Lower New York Bay nearly four miles north of Sandy Hook, the faded Romer Shoal Lighthouse has a colorful past and an uncertain future. The 109-year-old lighthouse was recently honored with a designation as an historic site on both the national and state registries. But that doesn't ensure it will even remain in New Jersey. While the sparkplug-like, 54-foot-tall lighthouse still throws its signal of two white flashes every 15 seconds as far as 15 miles to sea, it is a forlorn sight. Dirty paint -- top-half red, bottom-half white -- is peeling...
  • Chemicals Found at Staten Island Home

    06/28/2007 10:34:03 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 27 replies · 754+ views
    AP/NY Daily News ^ | 6-29-07 | ADAM GOLDMAN
    Authorities descended on a Staten Island home Thursday after learning of the presence of large amounts of potassium nitrate, authorities said. Police discovered more than a ton of the substance in a storage facility near the home. Small amounts of potassium nitrate, mercury, peroxide and sulfur were found inside the residence. The resident, a man in his 50s, was taken into custody and charges were pending. His name was not released. The substance is often used in pyrotechnics, but NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Thursday there was no evidence the man was involved in making bombs or selling bomb-making materials....
  • Teen Dies From Muscle Cream Overdose (Ben Gay Alert)

    06/08/2007 1:38:21 PM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 55 replies · 13,556+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 8,2007
    A budding teenage athlete has died after 'overdosing' on a common topical muscle cream. The medical examiner announced on Thursday that the 17-year-old track star, Arielle Newman of Castleton Corners, N.Y., died from a toxic dose of sports cream, the Staten Island Advance reported. Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's officer told the Advance that the Notre Dame Academy track star's blood contained lethal amounts of methyl salicylate, the active ingredient found in muscle rubs such as BenGay and Icy Hot. Borakove said the petite girl used the topical medication excessively, allowing the poisons to accumulate in her...
  • Staten Island Sees a Decline in New Homes

    01/04/2007 6:52:41 AM PST · by HostileTerritory · 6 replies · 301+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 4, 2006 | ANDY NEWMAN and MAUREEN SEABERG
    The 20-year building boom on Staten Island, long the city’s fastest-growing borough, is decelerating drastically, thanks largely to a reining-in of the island’s freewheeling zoning laws, officials say. According to city figures released yesterday, permits for new buildings plunged by 43 percent last year. So substantial was the decline that Staten Island almost single-handedly accounted for a 10 percent dip in building permits citywide last year, which was the first drop in the city in a decade. ... Staten Island, still by far the least-populous borough in the city, was the fastest-growing county in the state, according to the 2000...
  • Possible McCain run for president sparks a buzz on the Island [Staten Island]

    11/13/2006 8:31:46 AM PST · by freespirited · 22 replies · 404+ views
    Staten Island Advance ^ | 11/13/06 | JOHN ANNESE
    Sen. John McCain's announcement that he's exploring a 2008 presidential bid has Staten Island power brokers enthused about the popular lawmaker's prospects and his ties to the borough. "He's been a frequent visitor to these shores," said former Borough President Guy Molinari last night. "He's near and dear to my heart. He'd be a great president." Molinari -- who headed McCain's New York campaign in 2000 after initially backing George W. Bush for president -- still has strong ties to McCain. But he's got strong ties to another possible 2008 contender -- former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Giuliani, whom Molinari recruited...
  • New York Archdiocese Sets Biggest Closing in Its 150 Years

    03/29/2006 6:04:17 AM PST · by NYer · 56 replies · 842+ views
    NYT ^ | March 29, 2006 | Michael Luo
    The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York announced plans yesterday for the most sweeping reorganization in its history of more than 150 years, recommending the closing of 31 parishes and 14 schools throughout the metropolitan region.At the same time, the archdiocese recommended creating five new parishes in Staten Island, Orange County and Dutchess County and constructing several new church buildings, mostly in northern Westchester County, Rockland County and Dutchess County, where many Catholics who have left the city have relocated.The closings would hit the archdiocese the hardest in its southern parts — the Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan, Yonkers and central...
  • Ferry Pilot Gets 18 Months for NYC Crash

    01/09/2006 5:41:41 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 22 replies · 621+ views
    New York Post ^ | January 9, 2006 | TOM HAYS
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The pilot at the helm of a Staten Island ferry during a 2003 crash that killed 11 people was sentenced Monday to a harsher-than-expected 18 months in prison. The city's former ferry director was sentenced to one year in prison. Assistant Capt. Richard Smith apologized to victims' families and recalled how he was too exhausted to have been working that day. "I will regret for the rest of my life that I did not just call in sick," Smith said. "I was on the wheel. I was responsible. I stand ready to suffer the consequences." The...
  • Call for leniency casts attention on Staten Island ferry case [Uhh... Mrs. Schumer??]

    01/07/2006 9:33:57 AM PST · by johnny7 · 7 replies · 496+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 7, 2006 | By TOM HAYS
    NEW YORK -- More than two years have passed since John Healy and 10 other passengers died in the horrific crash of the Staten Island ferry. But neither time nor a criminal case have calmed his wife's outrage. "This cut short people's lives," Kathy Healy said of one of the worst mass-transit disasters in city history. "No one has ever even gotten an apology."
  • Rush Limbaugh: Lib Journalists Can't Afford to Live in New York

    12/22/2005 5:36:35 PM PST · by wagglebee · 74 replies · 3,421+ views
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 12/22/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I'm going to mention this again today. It's from Slate.com. It's by Daniel Gross, and it's just... Well, it speaks for itself. It may also explain why journalists are so mean and nasty and jealous and vengeful is because they have no money. (clearing throat) Daniel Gross, Slate.com, Tuesday December 20th, actually, this ran. "The New York real-estate boom is claiming a different kind of casualty, according to an article in Sunday's New York Times. Keying off a new report issued by the Center for an Urban Future, Jennifer Steinhauer noted that, thanks to high housing prices, many...
  • Captain of Ferry That Crashed Sues NYC

    12/04/2005 8:11:21 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies · 786+ views
    AP) -- ^ | Dec 4, 8:38 AM EST
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The captain of the Staten Island ferry that crashed in October 2003, killing 11 people, is suing the city. Michael Gansas wants his job back, with back pay, or he wants the city to arbitrate his grievances in front of a labor panel. He claims city officials made him a scapegoat by firing him the month after the crash and that they made false statements about ferry regulations. In the suit, Gansas says it's untrue that he violated rules requiring two captains to be in the pilot house when a ferry docks because there was no...
  • Parents miss Mass, kids get ax

    06/27/2005 1:42:52 PM PDT · by Coleus · 752 replies · 7,853+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 06.27.05 | NANCY DILLON
    Parents miss Mass, kids get ax The pastor of a Staten Island Catholic church is playing holy hardball - kicking hundreds of kids out of religious ed classes because their families aren't showing up at Mass. The Rev. Michael Cichon, pastor of St. Joseph/St. Thomas in Pleasant Plains, used each family's bar-coded donation envelope to track attendance. He's tossed about 300 kids from classes and told them not to reapply until next April. Without the classes, children cannot receive the sacraments, meaning some youngsters who thought they'd be making their First Communion next year will have to wait. The...
  • Mexican Mafia grows in Staten Island

    06/16/2005 10:02:02 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 31 replies · 2,042+ views
    Mexican Mafia grows in Staten Island BY CARRIE MELAGO AND JOSE MARTINEZ New York Daily News NEW YORK - (KRT) - At the foot of the Bayonne Bridge, in the Staten Island neighborhood known as Little Mexico, crime is down - falling by more than 6 percent this year. But troubling signs remain.Fights regularly break out in the Port Richmond neighborhood's Latino nightclubs, and even more unnerving are the graffiti scrawlings for M13, a street gang with ties to the notorious Mexican Mafia."We've got a lot of problems right now with the gangs," said a 28-year-old Mexican man who ran...
  • SEARCH RESUMES

    05/02/2005 6:04:12 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 10 replies · 926+ views
    1010 WINS - CAPE MAY POINT, N.J. ^ | May 2, 2005 7:13 am US/Eastern | 1010 WINS - CAPE MAY POINT, N.J.
    N.J. Rescue teams planned to resume their search Monday morning for the body of a boy scout who fell off a whale watching boat this weekend and is presumed drowned. Nicholas Johs, 14, of Boy Scout Troop 26 of Staten Island, N.Y., fell off the Whale Watcher II at about 2 p.m. Saturday. At the time, the 90-foot boat was about 200 yards off Cape May Point, and the crew encountered some rough seas. Witnesses told police that despite several warnings, Johs and some other troop members were jumping up and down in the front of the boat in time...
  • State Dem chairman gets in shouting match over baby story (Out of Wedlock Child- NY)

    01/12/2005 1:38:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 1,183+ views
    Staten island Live ^ | 1/12/2005 | MARC HUMBERT
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State Democratic Chairman Herman Farrell made an impromptu appearance on a radio talk show Wednesday to heatedly berate its host over a news story about the impending birth of a child to the party leader's girlfriend. The host of the show on WROW-AM in Albany is Fred Dicker, the New York Post's state editor. "I just came in to let your radio listeners know what a piece of slime that you are," Farrell declared in the Post's state Capitol office where Dicker was broadcasting his morning show. "You're a bully." Dicker defended his handling of the...
  • NY: International Speedway pays $100 million for Staten Island site

    12/16/2004 6:22:29 AM PST · by SheLion · 49 replies · 1,454+ views
    yahoonews.com ^ | 12-16-04
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- International Speedway Corp. has paid $100 million to buy land in Staten Island to build a New York City track.  The company, which owns or operates 11 of NASCAR's major tracks, hopes to build a $600 million facility on dormant industrial land. Officials said Wednesday it could represent the largest construction project the motorsports giant has undertaken, nearly triple the amount it spent to build tracks in Kansas City, Kan., and the Chicago area.  Lesa France Kennedy, president of the family-controlled ISC, said the company has to complete a feasibility study before deciding whether to...
  • BEEP'S BOY GOT MOB'S JOB HELP: COLOMBO CANARY

    12/12/2004 2:22:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 672+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 12, 2004 | SAM SMITH
    A Colombo crime-family associate who arranged union jobs for sons of mob bosses also arranged them for the son of the Staten Island borough president, court documents obtained by The Post reveal. Ralph Garguilo, a master mechanic for Local 14 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, was cooperating with the prosecution in a sweeping racketeering case involving organized-crime control of Locals 14 and 15.
  • An Upset on Staten Island, in an Upset Republican Party

    09/25/2004 9:00:37 PM PDT · by MarlboroRed · 18 replies · 816+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 9/26/04 | JONATHAN P. HICKS
    It is not often that an incumbent with 24 years in office loses a primary. But Assemblyman Robert A. Straniere of Staten Island did just that on Sept. 14, raising questions about tensions within the Republican Party in the borough, and about voter dissatisfaction with Albany. Mr. Straniere, who was about to become the most senior Republican member of the Assembly, confronted two of the rarest circumstances in New York City politics earlier this month: a hotly contested Republican primary and an incumbency lost in a Republican bastion in New York City. Mr. Straniere said his defeat was as unanticipated...
  • Charges in Staten Island Ferry Crash

    08/04/2004 2:12:26 AM PDT · by Stoat · 244+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 3, 2004 | Fox News staff
    <p>Prosecutors will unseal an indictment against the captain and pilot in last year's Staten Island ferry (search) crash on charges that include 11 counts of manslaughter, law enforcement sources said Tuesday.</p> <p>Richard Smith (search), an assistant captain who piloted the Staten Island ferry that crashed last year and killed 11 people, is expected to plead guilty Wednesday, when prosecutors announce the results of their 10-month investigation.</p>
  • Report: NASCAR considers track on Staten Island

    05/30/2004 6:22:16 AM PDT · by foreverfree · 39 replies · 420+ views
    NYT via AP and NASCAR.com ^ | 5/28/04 | NYT via AP and NASCAR.com
    [SNIP]Racing promoters have held preliminary discussions with economic officials in Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration about constructing a NASCAR track on Staten Island, The New York Times reported Friday. NASCAR has looked at various locations in the region since plans to build a speedway at the Meadowlands in New Jersey foundered, said David Talley, a spokesman for the International Speedway Corporation, which owns 13 tracks nationwide. [SNIP]
  • Case Yields Chilling Signs of Domestic Terror Plot

    01/07/2004 11:23:40 AM PST · by railsplitter · 23 replies · 305+ views
    Yahoo! News / Los Angeles Times ^ | Wed Jan 7, 9:35 AM ET | Scott Gold
    HOUSTON — One evening two winters ago, a man in Staten Island, N.Y., absent-mindedly flipped through his mail. Inside one envelope was a stack of fake documents, including United Nations (news - web sites) and Defense Department identification cards, and a note: "We would hate to have this fall into the wrong hands."
  • G.O.P. Congressman Seen as Possible Bloomberg Challenger

    12/23/2003 10:25:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 376+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12/24/03 | JONATHAN P. HICKS
    When Representative Vito J. Fossella strode into a Staten Island senior center on a recent snowy afternoon, he was greeted as something of a conquering hero. After entering the dining area, he was introduced by the center's director, who mentioned that he was a possible candidate for mayor. "Maybe he'll run for mayor and we can get rid of Bloomberg," the director said. With that, the group of about 50 people erupted with wild cheers and sustained applause. It is not uncommon these days for Mr. Fossella, a Republican from Staten Island, to be described as a possible challenger to...
  • NYC fires captain of ferry that crashed

    11/26/2003 7:47:10 PM PST · by PeteFromMontana · 3 replies · 94+ views
    cnn.com ^ | 11/26/2003
    <p>NEW YORK (CNN) -- Michael Gansas, captain of the Staten Island ferry that crashed into a pier in October, has been fired by the New York City Department of Transportation for not cooperating with investigators.</p> <p>In a statement released Wednesday, the DOT accused Gansas of "failure to cooperate with National Transportation Safety Board and city investigations into the October 15 tragedy of the Andrew J. Barberi."</p>
  • Democrat Meeting features Terror Suspect as Keynote Speaker (my title)

    11/21/2003 3:52:08 PM PST · by XHogPilot · 20 replies · 314+ views
    Staten Island Democratic Association's meeting this week featured "guest of honor" criminal defense lawyer Lynne Stewart, a former Islander who is facing charges of terrorism. Ms. Stewart keynote address updated the group on the government's case against her. Ms. Stewart, a former Stapleton resident who graduated from Wagner College, was arrested in 2002 for allegedly providing material support for terrorism, among other charges. New charges have just been filed against Ms. Stewart charging her with conspiracy to commit terrorism by using convicted World Trade Center bomber Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman as "personnel" to carry out her acts. Additionally, she is...
  • No Drugs in Ferry Pilot's Test

    11/15/2003 3:53:29 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 2 replies · 96+ views
    Custom Wire ^ | 11/15/03 | Michael Weissenstein
    NEW YORK (AP) -- There was no evidence that the pilot at the controls of a ferry that crashed last month had taken prescription drugs, a city official said Saturday, a day after federal prosecutors took over the investigation. Assistant Capt. Richard Smith said in the hours after the crash that he had taken blood pressure medication earlier in the day and slumped over the controls. However, a city official familiar with the investigation, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Saturday that blood tests showed the pilot had not taken prescription drugs during the 12 to 14 hours before the...
  • CITY MISSED BOAT ON SAFETY RULE

    11/09/2003 9:25:19 AM PST · by OESY · 7 replies · 152+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 9, 2003 | BRAD HAMILTON
    <p>Ten current and former Staten Island Ferry workers say last Monday was the first time the city ever notified them of a rule requiring the captain, rather than the assistant captain, to be in the dockside pilothouse every time the boat lands - a rule the city says Capt. Michael Gansas broke during the fatal ferry crash two weeks earlier.</p>
  • AP Sources: Ferry Captain Cited Fifth Amendment in Refusing to Answer NTSB Questions

    11/06/2003 10:09:01 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 2 replies · 95+ views
    TBO ^ | 11/6/03 | Tom Hays
    NEW YORK (AP) - The captain of a Staten Island ferry that slammed into a pier last month, killing 10 people, repeatedly invoked his right against self-incrimination Thursday under questioning by federal investigators, sources familiar with the proceedings told The Associated Press. Capt. Michael Gansas, 38, arrived at the Coast Guard station on Staten Island accompanied by his lawyers for a court-ordered meeting with National Transportation Safety Board investigators. Once inside, he invoked the Fifth Amendment time and time again during the proceedings, said two sources familiar with the proceedings. Both spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity; one...
  • CREWMAN SAYS PILOT'S A LIAR

    11/05/2003 8:36:03 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 2 replies · 159+ views
    NY Post ^ | 11/5/03 | CLEMENTE LISI
    <p>A mate aboard the ill-fated Staten Island Ferry that smashed into a pier last month told investigators that the boat's pilot was "standing erect during the entire incident" and never slumped over the controls, city officials said yesterday. City Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo said Robert Rush told probers that he alone was in the wheelhouse with the pilot, Assistant Captain Richard Smith, "and that nothing unusual transpired in the approximately 90 seconds before the crash."</p>
  • Legal claims swell after fatal ferry crash (law firms advertised for clients)

    11/04/2003 9:15:37 AM PST · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 8 replies · 177+ views
    CNN ^ | November 4, 2003 | AP
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) -- Some 40 legal claims have been filed against the city in the wake of last month's Staten Island ferry accident.</p> <p>The notices of claim, which notify the city of an intention to file lawsuits, seek a total of about $1.3 billion in compensation on grounds ranging from wrongful death to emotional trauma.</p>
  • Staten Island Ferry Captain Is Subpoenaed

    10/22/2003 9:11:24 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 8 replies · 168+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 10/22/03 | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN
    NEW YORK (AP) - The captain involved in last week's Staten Island Ferry crash that killed 10 people will be suspended for refusing to cooperate with the federal investigation, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday. The captain, Michael Gansas, sent a letter to city officials saying he was refusing to talk, Bloomberg said. "It's an outrage that somebody who can give us information to perhaps find out how we can improve service refuses to talk," said Bloomberg. "A person like that has no business working for the city, and we will take every legal action we can to get his testimony."...
  • NEW YORK NEEDS ANSWERS

    10/21/2003 5:17:15 AM PDT · by OESY · 8 replies · 115+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | October 21, 2003 | EDITORIAL
    <p>If anything.</p> <p>Mayor Bloomberg has an affirmative obligation - to the 70,000 commuters who use the ferries each day and to the survivors of the 10 victims who were laid to rest yesterday - to answer those questions. Today.</p> <p>As unambiguously as possible.</p>
  • Staten Island ferry crash and Sept. 11

    10/19/2003 6:27:23 AM PDT · by billorites · 130+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | October 19, 2003 | Bernadette Malone
    MOMENTS AFTER Wednesday’s fatal Staten Island ferry accident, high school students who regularly shuttle across New York Harbor for classes raced toward a friend of mine — a public school teacher they recognized in the ferry terminal, which is adjacent to the stadium of the minor league Staten Island Yankees. At that very moment, the Red Sox and Yankees were duking out Game 6 at the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. But terrorism, of all things, had quickly replaced the American League Championship Series as the first thing on these teenagers’ minds. “They bombed the boat!” they cried to my...
  • Staten Island Ferry Was Going Full Speed

    10/17/2003 7:35:23 AM PDT · by Alouette · 16 replies · 150+ views
    AP ^ | Oct. 17, 2003 | Lukas Alpert
    The Staten Island ferry that crashed, killing 10 people, was going at full speed as it hurtled into the pier, a federal investigator said Friday. "It was not speeding up but ... it was under what we'd say full speed at the time," National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Ellen Engleman told ABC's "Good Morning America." "What was happening is it was not slowing down," she said. She said the finding was based on evidence from the engine and other technical information. Some witnesses had said it seemed as if the boat could have been speeding up. The ferry Andrew J....
  • There's no room for some errors

    10/17/2003 11:22:04 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 22 replies · 143+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | October 17, 2003 | Karen Hunter
    Human error. Those are the words I cannot get out of my head when I think of the Staten Island ferry disaster. Because of what apparently was human error, 10 families have to deal with losing a loved one, and 42 others must live with injuries that include severed legs and arms. The early reports say pilot Richard Smith, who suffers from high blood pressure, apparently did not take his medication and blacked out. Well, if you know you are sick and don't take your meds, then you are responsible for the consequences. Smith is in critical condition after a...
  • Ferry Accident Victims Survived 9/11

    10/17/2003 7:11:44 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 135+ views
    WINS News ^ | 10/17/03
    A former Syracuse-area man who survived the September eleventh, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center was among the passengers killed in Wednesday's ferry crash in New York City. Darius Marshall was living in the city after attending Wagner College on Staten Island. He was riding a Staten Island ferry when it rammed into a concrete pier, killing him and nine other passengers. The 25-year-old Marshall was a 1996 graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in the Syracuse suburb of DeWitt. He was recruited by Wagner to play football. He graduated in 2000 with a degree in criminal justice and recently...
  • Mystery Nurse Helps Save Ferry Victim

    10/17/2003 4:21:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies · 143+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | October 17, 2003 | VERENA DOBNIK, AP
    NEW YORK (AP) -- It was a slow afternoon at the midtown Manhattan restaurant where Paul Esposito waited tables, so he headed downtown for an early ferry ride back to Staten Island. Esposito, 24, didn't make it home. Instead, he lost both his legs below the knee Wednesday when the ferry smacked into a concrete slip, killing 10 people and injuring dozens more. Esposito was in Staten Island University Hospital on Thursday, recovering from his unthinkable injuries as his family offered thanks to an anonymous fellow passenger who likely saved his life. The woman, a nurse with a British accent,...
  • 9/11 Survivor Victim of ferry

    10/17/2003 6:28:51 AM PDT · by JonathansMommie · 2 replies · 149+ views
    Associated Press
    Updated: 07:20 AM EDT Eluding Death on Sept. 11 to Find It on Ferry By STEVE STRUNSKY, AP NEWARK, N.J. (Oct. 16) - A New Jersey resident who survived the World Trade Center attack two years ago was among the 10 people who died when a Staten Island ferry slammed into a pier. During the terrorist attack, John P. Healy and all of his fellow employees for Kemper Insurance Cos. escaped from the company's offices on the 35th and 36th floors of the trade center, Kemper spokeswoman Linda Kingman said. The 44-year-old insurance lawyer normally took a later ferry on...
  • Drill, Then Reality;FDNY was holding exercise when disaster struck

    10/16/2003 6:32:51 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 83+ views
    Drill, Then Reality; FDNY was holding exercise when disaster struck Copyright 2003 Newsday, Inc. Newsday (New York) October 16, 2003 Thursday ALL EDITIONS The Fire Department was in the middle of rehearsing for one kind of disaster yesterday on Staten Island when a real tragedy struck. An exercise to determine how quickly and orderly rescue workers could be inoculated in the event of a bioterrorism attack was cut short after the ferry slammed into the dock. The department had no comment last night on what role, if any, the exercise played in response time or staffing levels. "They seemed...
  • "Woken By The Screams" (Ferry Accident Update)

    10/16/2003 3:46:46 AM PDT · by foolscap · 1 replies · 93+ views
    www.sky.com ^ | Oct 16,2003 | unknown
    "Woken by the screams" Passengers and eyewitnesses described the horrific Staten Island ferry accident: Frank Corchado was sleeping in the back of the ferry on his way home after his shift as a lift mechanic. The screaming woke him. He saw dozens of people running and screaming as the ferry sped toward the pier and crashed into the dock, shattering glass windows and severing the limbs of several people. "The scene was total chaos. You ever see a dead person all cut up? That really put the zap on me," Fox News reported Corchado, 29, as saying. "There was a...
  • IT WAS LIKE A SICK HORROR MOVIE WITH GRUESOME DEATH (SI FERRY CRASH)

    10/16/2003 1:13:34 AM PDT · by kattracks · 17 replies · 142+ views
    New York Post ^ | 10/16/03 | GERSH KUNTZMAN, STEPHANIE GASKELL, BILL FEIS, NEIL GRAVES & MARSHA KRANES
    <p>They were everywhere.</p> <p>A mass of grinding wood and steel ripped one man's head off. Another's stomach was hanging out. One passenger was missing his jaw. Arms and legs lay on the deck.</p> <p>"It was sick, right out of a movie," said Sean Johnson, 28.</p> <p>A horror movie.</p>
  • SHOCKED NEIGHBORS: PILOT A QUIET MAN (SI FERRY PILOT ATTEMPTS SUICIDE)

    10/16/2003 1:09:37 AM PDT · by kattracks · 1 replies · 98+ views
    New York Post ^ | 10/16/03 | By LARRY CELONA, HEIDI SINGER and ANDY GELLER
    <p>October 16, 2003 -- The pilot of the doomed ferry, who tried to commit suicide after the boat crashed into a Staten Island pier, is a quiet family man who loves his job.</p> <p>Asst. Capt. Richard Jeffrey Smith, a 55-year-old father of two, was described by friends as a conscientious worker who doesn't drink and was well-respected by his colleagues.</p>
  • Made Hundreds of Times, a Pilot's Routine Trip Goes Horribly Wrong (NYC Ferry)

    10/16/2003 3:49:21 PM PDT · by aculeus · 9 replies · 117+ views
    Tampa Bay on line (AP) ^ | October 16, 2003 | Timothy Williams, Associated Press Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) - Just before 3 p.m., the Andrew J. Barberi docked at a terminal at the tip of Manhattan to drop off its passengers, while Assistant Capt. Richard Smith took up his position in the ship's pilot house. As he had done hundreds of times before, Smith readied the 300-foot, bright-orange ferry for its return trip across New York Harbor to Staten Island. Less than 25 minutes later - with Smith, by one account, slumped over the helm - the ferry slammed into a maintenance pier on the Staten Island side, killing 10 passengers and injuring more than...