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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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
    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 ^ | 12/22/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I'm going to mention this again today. It's from 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,, 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...