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IN THE NEWS - DWI CHECKPOINTS FOR THANKSGIVING

Local law enforcement agencies will be setting up sobriety checkpoints to prevent drunk driving this week for Thanksgiving, the state Department of Motor Vehicles announced.

The Special Traffic and Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated warned motorists on Tuesday that local law enforcement agencies will also be cracking down on drivers impaired by prescription and illegal drugs, along with alcohol this week until Dec. 1.

On Nov. 1, a stronger Leandra’s Law went into effect that requires convicted drunk drivers to install an ignition interlock on their vehicle, Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl reports.

November 27, 2013
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IN THE NEWS: Staten Island Advance: D-Day near for prescription drug addicts on Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- If you're a pill addict, it's time to get help now, since it's going to be much harder to get your fix from a doctor's prescription in just a few days time.

Aug. 27 is D-Day on a statewide database program designed to help physicians and pharmacies spot doctor-shoppers at a glance, so good luck hopping from medical office to medical office to stock up on multiple scripts for the pills you desperately crave.

August 20, 2013
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IN THE NEWS - Staten Island Advance: Lanza, Cusick: Staten Island is 'close' to a Verrazano-Narrows Bridge discount deal

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The legislative session ended in Albany over the weekend without a deal for a toll break on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

But Staten Island negotiators haven't given up hope -- yet.

June 25, 2013
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IN THE NEWS - Staten Island Advance: Officials press MTA to restore 2010 cuts, including Staten Island bus service

With $40 million more in the MTA's coffers than anticipated, a coalition of elected officials is calling on the agency to restore service cuts made three years ago -- including cuts that have an impact on Staten Island commuters.

"We believe this money can and should be used to maintain and increase service," a group of 42 lawmakers at the city and state level, plus candidates for mayor, wrote in a letter to MTA leadership.

June 4, 2013
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Staten Island Hurricane Sandy buyout meeting for Great Kills/Eltingville residents on Saturday, May 11

The Crescent Beach Buyout Committee is hosting a meeting on Saturday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Oakwood Heights Community Church, specifically for Great Kills- and Eltingville-based homeowners who are unable to repair their Sandy-ravaged homes.

May 10, 2013
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IN THE NEWS - Staten Island Advanec: Livery operators will be able to get cabs inspected on Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - It's been a nearly three-year wait, but beginning April 1, Staten Island livery operators will not have to make the trek to Queens for inspections, as they will be done on Staten Island, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) announced.

Livery owners will now have the option to apply for new licenses, transfer a new vehicle to their existing license, renew their licenses and get inspections at authorized Island facilities.

March 26, 2013
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IN THE NEWS - Staten Island Advance: Staten Island's Sen. Lanza outlines program for federal buyouts, repairs

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- New York state has plans to allocate $400 million in federal funds for buyouts and $700 million in federal funds to Staten Islanders looking to repair or rebuild their homes after Hurricane Sandy -- so says state Sen. Andrew Lanza.

Lanza (R-Staten Island) delivered the message at a community meeting Friday night at Ariana's Catering Hall in New Dorp Beach.

March 18, 2013
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IN THE NEWS - Staten Island Advance: Staten Island Sandy victims can repair with eye on energy efficiency

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - The state has partnered with a not-for-profit group to restore energy efficiency to eligible low-income Staten Island homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

While some homeowners have started - and in some cases finished - repairing their homes, many others are still living with severely damaged basements, eroded pipes and waterlogged walls.

March 4, 2013
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IN THE NEWS - Staten Island Advance: Staten Island Sandy victims can 'shop' for toys

By Mark D. Stein/Staten Island Advance Staten Island Advance

on December 12, 2012 at 11:37 AM, updated December 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - GREAT KILLS - While the empty storefront in Great Kills didn't look like much just a week ago, it's recently been transformed from a vacant space into a toy distribution hub, where Staten Islanders affected by Hurricane Sandy can come and pick out holiday gifts. 

December 13, 2012
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IN THE NEWS - Staten Island Advance: While NYC dawdles over Sandy task force, Staten Island pols launch state-level panel

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The borough's two state senators were among a group of Albany lawmakers Monday to launch a statewide task force aimed at Sandy recovery.

State Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) is a co-chair.

Its mission: to help direct an infusion of expected billions in federal aid to communities hardest-hit by the October killer storm, including the East and South Shores of Staten Island.

On the homefront, though, the Island-specific Sandy task force, seemingly agreed to by the Bloomberg administration last month, appears no closer to fruition -- leading City Councilman James Oddo to express "frustration" over the "mixed signals."

December 13, 2012
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IN THE NEWS - Free legal advice offered to Staten Island victims of Hurricane Sandy

By Tom Wrobleski/Staten
Island Advance
Staten Island Advance on November 27, 2012
at 2:44 PM, updated November 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

November 28, 2012
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IN THE NEWS - Staten Island Advance: Elected officials crack down on 'community guns,' a Staten Island scourge

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- They are stashed in drain pipes, trash cans, mailboxes, abandoned-car trunks, holes carved in walls, shrubs, bushes, and even in baby carriages.

They're called "community guns" -- firearms stored in easy-to-access spots -- and figure in a large percentage of gun-related crimes on Staten Island, said officials and law enforcement sources. 

Such weapons have also contributed to an increase in shootings this year in the borough, officials said.

The Advance chronicled the alarming trend two weeks ago.

October 10, 2012
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August 30, 2012
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IN THE NEWS - Staten Island Advance: Cuomo signs prescription drug database into law; Staten Island pols rejoice

Published: Monday, August 27, 2012, 5:51 PM by John Annese

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- It's now the law of the state -- the governor on Monday authorized a database that tracks whether patients are bouncing from doctor to doctor to stockpile prescriptions of drugs like oxycodone.

Three years after the Advance highlighted a deadly abuse epidemic that has killed more people on Staten Island than car crashes or murder, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill spearheaded by borough lawmakers that would turn such a database into reality within a year.

August 28, 2012
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IN THE NEWS - Staten Island Advance Editorial: Department of Education gets a failing grade on Staten Island school bus service

Published: Sunday, August 26, 2012, 9:00 AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - The longer the city resists providing yellow bus service to certain Staten Island seventh- and eighth-graders, the more we have to wonder about the motives of the people making the decisions at the Department of Education.

What kind of people begrudge providing safe transportation to 12- and 13-year old kids, after all?

August 27, 2012
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IN THE NEWS: Staten Island raises 20G for Wounded Warriors

Published: Monday, August 06, 2012, 1:45 AM     by John Anese

The rainstorm that barreled in from left field might have been a mercy in disguise for this rag-tag team of softball "All Stars."

But even though a brief torrential downpour washed out Sunday night's benefit softball game between Oddo's All Stars and the Wounded Warriors at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George, both sides ended up winners -- the game raised more than $20,000, organizers said.

"The whole point of this was to raise some money, also to go out there and have some fun," said City Councilman Jimmy (Mr. Tranquility) Oddo, who headed up the squad of elected officials, business leaders and Island luminaries.

August 7, 2012
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