Staten Island Advance

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    September 24, 2013

    There's a Possible Jumper on Verrazano Bridge. It's the Second Attempt in Two Days. [UPDATE]

    For the second time in two days, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is the site of a possible suicide attempt. A call that there was a jumper on the bridge came in at 12:30 p.m., says a source at the Fire Department.

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    January 18, 2013

    Lights Out: MTA Turning Off Blue Lights on Select Buses

    Today, the MTA issued an order rescinding the use of flashing blue lights on all Select Bus Service or SBS buses. These lights are used to distinguish the select buses from local buses. Flashing blue lights are particularly useful at a crowded bus stops or when you're squinting up Second Avenue hop ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Frank Console, 49, Just Too Frank: Locked Up for Making Lunatic Death Threats

    ​In one of the noisier, and sadder, cries for help heard in a long time, 49-year-old Brooklynite Frank Console was nabbed after making a series of death threats against various state and local politicians and the Staten Island cops. Calling by phone to 911 from the St. George Ferry Terminal on ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Joe and Linda Naimo, Staten Island Elderly Couple, Lick Wounds After Vicious Mugging

    Linda Naimo (Photo: Julia Xanthos/Daily News)​While an elderly Staten Island couple tries to recover from a vicious assault last Sunday, the man and woman who did it are still on the loose. Cops say Joe Naimo, 81, and his wife, Linda, 75, were near their thrift shop, 3J's Variety Store in Tompkins ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    The Search Is On for Dan Donovan's Record on Mortgage Fraud

    Morgan Schweitzer​Would-be state Attorney General Dan Donovan says that the reason he hasn't had any public corruption cases as Staten Island District Attorney, is that the borough's too small to have its very own corrupt officials. The Voice pointed out that for years you could walk into rest ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    9/11 Human Remains Found at Fresh Kills Landfill, City Says

    Several news outlets are reporting that the city has found twenty potentially human remains in the former Fresh Kills landfill, while sifting through debris dumped there from the World Trade Center. The Staten Island Advance notes that the discovery of the remains was made public "in a one-line em ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Dope Lugs 49 Bags of Marijuana to Staten Island Hospital

    Why is she smiling? Why do you think? This poster hangs in the Ganja Gallery bar, a legal dope dispensary in Boulder, Colorado."Medical" and "marijuana" don't yet go together in New York, as a 58-year-old Staten Island man recently discovered. He showed up at the hospital last Friday for treatment ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    John McCloskey Found with Nail Bomb on Staten Island, Arrested

    ​Najibullah Zazi isn't the only mad bomber in town. On Saturday night Staten Island cops responded to a call on a "confirmed homemade device" at an intersection in Stapleton. It appears to be the work of John McCloskey of Burton Avenue, who claims the bomb was meant as a prank, but which poli ... More >>

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    January 11, 2010

    Cargo Ship Ruptures in Gravesend Bay, Causing Evacuation

    ​A 443 foot cargo tanker, the Sichem Defiance, suffered an internal rupture yesterday morning in Gravesend Bay. The rupture occurred while the vessel was being loaded with 55,000 barrels of ethanol. Rescue boats from the NYPD, FDNY and the Coast Guard rushed to the scene, where they found the ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    Today's Alleged Drunk Driving Mother with Kids in Car

    ​"I drank apple martinis. I don't remember how many," cops say Jennifer Rivas, 25, of Staten Island told them when her Maxima crashed into a U-Store Self Storage at South Avenue Wednesday around 11 p.m. She had two of her children with her: a six-year-old "wandering by a fence at the facility, ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    Staten Island Bank Robber Caught

    ​Last week we showed a picture of a man who robbed the Northfield Bank at Hylan Plaza in Staten Island. So did the Staten Island Advance, and one of its local readers recognized the perp as a "homeless man suspected in a number of recent petty thefts in the New Dorp area," says the paper. The ... More >>

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    November 24, 2009

    Staten Island D.A. Turns to Shame to Halt Drunk Driving

    ​It's the magical holiday season, and you know what that means: drunk driving crackdowns! On Staten Island, D.A. Daniel Donovan hopes to scare the many hard-drinking readers of the Staten Island Advance by running mug shots of some guys his office sent away for DUI. "These three drunk drivers, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Somebody Got Murdered: A Second Weekend Homicide in Staten Island

    View Larger Map DATE: Monday, Nov. 16, 2009 12:27 a.m. LOCATION: In front of 44 Yale Street, Staten Island. In the second of two weekend murders in Staten Island, two men were shot, one of them fatally, while they sat in a Lexus outside the above address early Monday. One victim, a male, 24, was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    New York's Representatives in D.C. Stand United for Staten Island Toll Relief

    Never fear, Staten Island -- your votes are still important. New York's elected representatives in Washington are muscling through H.R. 3960, the Residential and Commuter Toll Fairness Act of 2009, which finds that some citizens are "forced to endure significant or undue toll burdens," and thereby ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Post-Parade Chaos on the Staten Island Ferry

    Not necessarily happy with today's Yankee parade: some Staten Island commuters caught in the crush of revelers who were making their way back to the Forgotten Borough afterwards. "'It was chaos,' says commuter who was stuck in overcrowded Whitehall Ferry Terminal," reports the Staten Island Advance. ... More >>

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    October 21, 2009

    Snooty Weekly, Staten Island Daily Endorse Bloomberg

    ​The New York Observer and the Staten Island Advance today endorse Mayor Bloomberg's third term (the Advance "strongly," the Observer in a tasteful shade of salmon). The proletarian Advance shakes its head that some people, upset by Bloomberg's overthrow of term limits, are planning to vote a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Staten Island Town Brawl Goes Pretty Much As You Would Expect

    Local tea party people warned in advance that Monday's Staten Island health care town brawl with Congressman Michael McMahon would be lively. And voila -- "Health care reform foes dominate meeting with Staten Island congressman," writes the Staten Island Advance. The peeps seem to have gone for the ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    Rap Sheet: Method Man Arraigned in Staten Island, Jim Jones Pleads Out in Manhattan

    ​Today "with obscene gesture, Method Man brushes past photographers at court," says the Staten Island Advance. The member of Staten Island's Wu-Tang Clan was there to be arraigned for tax evasion. The Advance further reports MM "used an 'Ultimate X-Men' graphic novel to shield his face" as he ... More >>

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    September 14, 2009

    New School Bus Policy Terrifies Parents on Staten Island

    This year some public grade school students are not eligible for school bus service, which prompts concern on Staten Island. "City forces seventh- and eighth-graders from their comfort zone -- namely, the yellow bus," reports the Staten Island Advance. "At 7 a.m. in the wintertime," they lede, "Anna ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    Giuliani Speaks at Staten Island Golf Event, Criticizes Obama and "Nationalized" Health Care

    Staten Island golf events are tumultuous affairs, apparently. Last week a local golfer sued because he perceived he'd been tossed out of a tournament unfairly. This weekend, Rudolph Giuliani, a good friend to Staten Island, spoke at the Richmond County Country Club event to raise funds for the CIAO ... More >>

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    July 21, 2009

    Staten Island Pol Gets Real Estate Taxes Frozen; Staten Islanders Attack Pol, Russians, Etc.

    One thing we love about our Staten Island paisans: they aren't easily appeased, especially by politicians. Today the Staten Island Advance gave credit to local assemblymember Janele Hyer-Spencer -- last noted here for winning funds for a new community center, and thus stirring up Staten Island's st ... More >>

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    July 17, 2009

    Bloomberg Wants Troopers to Grab Senators and Make Them Pass Mayoral Control

    As you may have expected, the state senate failed to pass anything like a reauthorization of mayoral school control before going on summer vacation -- though Democrats did attempt and fail to pass an alternative bill not to the Mayor's liking. This will require the Mayor's packed Board of Ed to do t ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    Bank Robbery Twitter Person Draws Criticism for Using Twitter

    Annemarie Dooling, known as TravelingAnna on Twitter, recently texted updates on a bank robbery and its aftermath for which she happened to be on premises ("police just arrived. maybe theyll let me go now"). As the Staten Island Advance (her hometown paper, and a former employer) reports, this "spar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Poor People Fishing Leads Senators to Call for More, Better Warnings

    Yesterday the Daily News told us about the jolly, impoverished fishermen who cast for possibly poisonous bluefish, bass and flounder off the piers of the outer boroughs, for eating and sometimes for distribution to beggars ("They come here with a plastic bag and hope that people put a fish in it"). ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2009

    Somebody Got Murdered: Possible Mob Hit on Staten Island?

    View Larger Map DATE:Thursday, July 2, 2009, 4:33 a.m. LOCATION: Corner of Arthur kill Rd & Ilyssa Way, Staten Island. The police say a man was shot to death at the above intersection last Thursday. He was reportedly waiting for the bus early in the morning. As of this writing, three days aft ... More >>

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    July 2, 2009

    Advance: Staten Island Ferry Incident Caused by Transformer Failure

    Yesterday's Staten Island Ferry crash hard landing was caused by a transformer malfunction, the Staten Island Advance reports. One of the John W. Marchi's transformers went out, which we would have thought meant the vessel would rely on the other three transformers on board. But these, apparently in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2009

    EMT Who Posted Murder Victim's Death Pic Arrested

    We never thought we'd feel actually sorry for Mark Musarella (pictured), the former EMT who took a picture of dead Staten Island murder victim Carolyn Wimmer and put it up on his Facebook page. But first he lost his job over the tasteless act, and then Wimmer's parents sued him, and now he's been ar ... More >>

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    May 28, 2009

    Why Don't Staten Island Tourists Get Past the Terminal?

    Did you know that Staten Island had tourism? It makes the attempt, anyway, via SINY, Staten Island USA, and NYC & Co. But the Staten Island Advance frankly admits that it hasn't been working -- tourists may take the ferry over, but they don't wander too far inland. Part of the reason is poor sal ... More >>

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    March 17, 2009

    Quick Hits

    Who needs baseball? Models don't get labrum tears. An Obama Fried Chicken in Harlem. An ODB mural defaced in BedStuy. Change is in the streets! Free corned beef! But after all that Guinness, who can eat? New York's amateur drinkers may get a little rowdy today, but they'll have to hustle to bea ... More >>

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    March 3, 2009

    Obama Cartoon E-mailer Resigns from Staten Island Govt. Job

    Salvatore Ballarino, who provoked controversy in Staten Island by forwarding an allegedly racist email featuring Barack Obama and John McCain, has resigned from the Staten Island Community Education Council, borough president James Molinaro announced today. The Staten Island Advance shows part of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    Buffalo Plane Crash Cause Debated; "Gawkers" Haunt Site

    The commuter plane crash in Buffalo continues to be examined. It has been confirmed that Continental Connection Flight 3407 was on autopilot before its fatal descent, which some suggest was a "deadly error" that shielded the pilot from the severity of the situation until it was too late. Once autopi ... More >>

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    February 10, 2009

    DA: Staten Island Doc Gave 'Roids to Heart Transplant Man Who Died

    A-Rod's not the only local steroid abuse story. The Staten Island Advance has been following the prosecution of local doctor Richard Lucente, who is alleged by the Brooklyn DA's office to have written steroid scrips for patients "who had no medical need for them" and "steering" these patients to Low ... More >>

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    February 2, 2009

    Last of 4 S.I. Hate Crime Defendants Pleads Guilty

    Michael Contreras having apparently pleaded guilty since last we visited this case, Ralph Nicoletti's guilty plea in federal court today wraps up the hate-crime prosecution of the four young Staten Island men who went on a spree on Election Night, targeting black men. Nicoletti's plea arrangement ge ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    Mayor To Deliver "Grim Economic News" at Noon

    Comptroller William Thompson having spelled out yesterday the dire state of the city's economy, Mayor Bloomberg is expected to fill us in today at noon about his draconian budget plans. To dull our outrage, he has leaked some details, which appear under headlines like amNY's "Grim economic update li ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    "Sterile" $530 Million South Ferry Station Opens Next Month

    The city built a new South Ferry subway station under the old one, and it opens next month. The good news, per the Staten Island Advance: longer platforms, so you won't have to rush to the front before disembarking; seven escalators and two elevators; two-track operation which in theory at least wil ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Sign Guy Gets Job, But Not From Sign, Really

    You may remember Joshua Persky, who got national coverage for walking around New York with an "MIT Graduate for Hire" sandwich sign because he'd despaired of getting a job by traditional means. He'd even sent his family to stay with relatives in Lincoln, Nebraska while he toughed it out in a sublet. ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008

    4 NYFD Engine Companies Stop Working Nights

    Even when announcing cuts, city officials are careful to tell us that police and fire services will continue as usual. But that claim is getting harder to make. Fire Commission Nicholas Scoppetta announced today that, in order to make up a $60 million shortfall in the NYFD budget, four engine compa ... More >>

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    December 1, 2008

    Staten Islander Escaped Mumbai Massacre

    As preparations are made to bury Mumbai terror victims Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg in Israel, the Staten Island Advance tells us about a New Yorker who escaped the attacks: tour director Rachel Cirincione of St. George, who was in Mumbai for training. When the violence erupted, Cirincione found exi ... More >>

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    November 17, 2008

    City To Boost Revenue with $1 Billion in Fines, Fees

    The Staten Island Advance reports that a ticket blitz is on. The city's done it before, but this one's a doozy: Glenn Bolofsky of tells the paper that the city is "on pace" this year to exceed its 1993 record of 11.3 million parking tickets. Beefed-up traffic enforcement and variou ... More >>

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    November 10, 2008

    Staten Island's Molinari to Sue Over Term Limits

    Everybody wants to get in on the act. First, lawsuits were announced against Bloomberg's term-limits overturn by a group of schoolteachers and by Councilmembers Tish James and Bill de Blasio; then Malcolm Smith said the State Senate would consider a bill requiring term limits be put to a referendum; ... More >>

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    October 6, 2008

    Morning Papers: Rich Guy Gets Cold Feet on Term Limits, NYers Expatriate for Money, Etc.

    There's no pleasing him: The New York Times reports that Ron Lauder, whose reversal on term limits helped pave the way for Bloomberg's third-term bid, worries that the City Council's planned overturn of term limits will be permanent, not the one-time shot he had endorsed to keep Bloomberg in office, ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008

    Shea Legacy to Live On In Local Bathrooms

    The Staten Island Advance reports that parts of Shea will be with us long after the Stadium yields, with the close of this season, to the Mets' new Citi Field. You will, for example, find vestiges of Shea in the toilet stalls of city parks. The Parks Department is going to relocate "doors, toilets, ... More >>

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    September 24, 2008

    Morning Papers: Boxer-Slay Suspect, S.I. Denial, Law Firm Confession, Etc.

    New York Daily News: Back in August Golden Gloves champ and aspiring pro welterweight Ronnie Vargas of the Bronx was shot dead in what appeared to be a random dispute. Today the News reports that cops picked up one Jose Coimbre in Virginia for the crime, which was allegedly inspired by Vargas' invol ... More >>

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    September 16, 2008

    Hannah Upp Found Alive in Bay, Rescued

    The Staten Island Advance reports that Hannah Upp, the Harlem schoolteacher whose disappearance on August 29 was widely covered, has been pulled from the waters of Upper New York Bay about a mile from the Staten Island ferry slip. Rescuers recovered her alive and delivered her to Richmond University ... More >>

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    September 15, 2008

    NYD RFD: Shootings, Stabbing, Hacking, Drowning

    Jasmine Liggins' brother came by her Bed-Stuy home yesterday morning and found his sister shot dead, reports the New York Post. Liggins had a degree from John Jay and had been working as a paralegal at a Brooklyn law firm. She leaves an 11-year-old daughter, Treasure. The New York Daily News adds th ... More >>

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    August 29, 2008

    Midmorning Mashup: Yank/Rent/Bling/Bike/Shots

    Via the LoHud Yankees Blog, we learn of No More A-Rod -- The Movement Begins, a blog devoted to insulting and defenestrating the currently luckless Yankees third baseman. Posts compare Rodriguez to a defective copying machine ("'Well sir, when you are getting the best, you must pay for the best. Thi ... More >>

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    August 14, 2008

    Morning Crime Stories

    Prosecutors say Robert Camarano and Michelle Hyams shared an apartment and a life in Chelsea, though apparently not equally the financial duties of maintaining it. One night she complained to him about pawning some of her stuff for drugs. In response, he stabbed her in the head and neck. "Police que ... More >>

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    August 11, 2008

    Slow News Day: Low-Impact Stories from Around Town

    New York Daily News reports that John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, "has been enjoying conjugal visits with his wife for at least 16 years." Mrs. Chapman "visits once a year on average, sometimes more often, a source told The News." She was not available for comment. An 89-year-old man got ... More >>

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    May 20, 2008

    Fiction Meets Reality: Sex Scandal Updates on Vito Fossella and Eliot Spitzer

    Despite yesterday's statements of hometown GOP support in the Post, the Daily News splashes on its front page that Staten Island Congressman Vito Fossella will not seek re-election. (The Post covered the story as well, but back on page 7, conveniently located next to news that the woman who lost her ... More >>

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    April 22, 2008

    A Staten Island Trombonist Breaks a 64-Year Silence About a Military Race Riot

    A violent tale of justice and injustice from America's uglier racial past

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