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Staten Island lawmakers in bipartisan bid to overrule NY Mayor Bloomberg on school bus service cut

Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011, 6:55 AM     Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Saying that the prospects of a current lawsuit to reinstitute yellow school bus service for seventh- and eighth-graders do not look promising, state Sen. Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman Michael Cusick introduced yesterday a bill to bring back buses for Staten Island students.

The Bloomberg administration yanked the buses last year as a cost-cutting measure, infuriating parents and enraging lawmakers here, who took the matter to court.

Nearly 3,000 Staten Island students have been affected by the decision.

January 20, 2011
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Attendance at PS 36 in Annadale rebounds as NYC Department of Education responds to PCB concerns

Staten Island Advance - Friday, January 14, 2011

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The city Department of Education surpassed protesting parents’ expectations at PS 36 this week in taking sound measures to ensure the school’s light fixtures are free of chemical toxins.

January 14, 2011
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Staten Island, Brooklyn Republicans push for 'Zadroga Bill' passage

From the Staten Island Advance:

http://blog.silive.com/northshore/print.html?entry=/2010/12/staten_island_brooklyn_republi.html

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Disgusted officials from Staten Island and beyond scolded U.S. Senate lawmakers yesterday, charging that Washington’s delay in passing the Zadroga 9/11 health bill showed they’d forsaken the American heroes who got sick and died after responding to the World Trade Center site.

December 3, 2010
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Due to High Winds Today (Wed. Dec. 1) -- No trucks or motorcycles allowed on Verrazano-Narrows Bridge; SIE jammed as result

From the Staten Island Advance:

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- No trucks or motorcycles are allowed on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge because of high winds.

All other vehicles are restricted to a 35 mph speed limit.

The ban is causing a serious backup on the Staten Island Expressway, which has been slow all morning because of earlier accidents.

Traffic is bumper-to-bumper between the Goethals Bridge and the Verrazano.

A wind advisory is in effect on Staten Island with southeast winds at 20-30 mph with gusts of 40-50 mph.

December 1, 2010
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It's last call for caffeinated alcoholic drink Four Loko on Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island fans of caffeinated alcoholic drink Four Loko will soon need to take a road trip to catch their favorite buzz.

The maker of potent Four Loko agreed voluntarily yesterday to stop shipping the drink to New York state by Friday.

Earlier in the weekend, the largest New York distributors said they would cease deliveries of the drink to markets throughout the state; they will have until Dec. 10 to clear inventory.

Four Loko has been on the radar of the State Liquor Authority, which had begun to question its safety and target audience.

"There is simply not enough research to show that these products are safe," said SLA Chairman Dennis Rosen, in a statement.

November 15, 2010
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NYC Marathon traffic mayhem: Islanders should not try to compete with the big race this weekend

The upper level of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will be closed in both directions from 12:01 a.m. through 3 p.m. Sunday, and the lower level will be closed in both directions from about 7 a.m. until about 3 p.m.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. --- If you're not wearing running shoes and a number on your chest, prepare to have a tough time getting around on Sunday. Streets will be closed throughout the five boroughs during the running of the 26.2-mile ING New York City Marathon. The upper level of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will be closed in both directions from 12:01 a.m. through 3 p.m.

November 4, 2010
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October 14, 2010
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Staten Island stores gearing up for another appliance rebate drive

From the Staten Island Advance:

http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/09/staten_island_stores_gearing_u.html

 

Approximately 145,000 New Yorkers traded in their energy-hogging refrigerators, dishwashers, clothing washers and freezers for more efficient models during the first go-around in February -- but because 25,000 never claimed their rebate, $4.8 million is back up for grabs.

October 1, 2010
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Analysis: City's lack of planning evident in yellow bus cuts trial

The Island busing variance almost exclusively affects the South Shore, an area where infrastructure has not kept up with the population boom. Many communities in the district still don't have sewers, many roads have no sidewalks, and historical MTA maps show there are actually fewer bus routes there now then there were 40 years ago. Bloomberg himself decried the MTA's 'neglect' of the Island during his re-election campaign a year ago. (Advance file photo)

From the Staten Island Advance:

http://blog.silive.com/latest_news/print.html?entry=/2010/09/analysis_citys_lack_of_plannin.html

September 27, 2010
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Will MTA listen at Staten Island hike hearing?

From the Staten Island Advance:

http://blog.silive.com/latest_news/print.html?entry=/2010/09/will_mta_listen_at_hike_hearin.html

Commuters can sound off on the MTA's plan to hike tolls on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to $12 as well as the new higher-priced MetroCards on Thursday.

September 13, 2010
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September 7, 2010
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Hurricane Earl packs a punch but will swing wide of Staten Island

From the Staten Island Advance: http://blog.silive.com/latest_news/print.html?entry=/2010/09/hurricane_earl_packs_a_punch_b.html

By TOM HAYDON

The Star-Ledger

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Hurricane Earl, with its 110-mph winds, is a beast, but Staten Island is almost certain to avoid its wrath.

But from North Carolina to Maine an estimated 26 million people could face hurricane or tropical storm conditions, based on the projected north-northeast track of the storm.

September 3, 2010
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Staten Island braces for Hurricane Earl, but blue skies on the horizon

From the Staten Island Advance: http://blog.silive.com/latest_news/print.html?entry=/2010/09/island_braces_for_hurricane_ea.html

NAGS HEAD, N.C. -- Hurricane Earl steamed toward the Eastern Seaboard yesterday as communities from North Carolina to New England kept a close eye on the forecast, worried that even a slight shift in the storm's predicted offshore track could put millions of people in the most densely populated part of the country in harm's way. Staten Island should brace for high winds, driving rain and heavy surf tomorrow, but it should all blow over for the holiday weekend.

September 2, 2010
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State budget pokes hole in Staten Island non-profits' pockets

From the Staten Island Advance:

http://blog.silive.com/latest_news/print.html?entry=/2010/08/state_budget_pokes_hole_in_sta.html

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island non-profits will feel the crunch from a state budget that has done away with discretionary funding -- money usually set aside for individual legislators to distribute to organizations in their districts.

August 11, 2010
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State budget pokes hole in Staten Island non-profits' pockets

From the Staten Island Advance:http://blog.silive.com/latest_news/print.html?entry=/2010/08/state_budget_pokes_hole_in_sta.html

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island non-profits will feel the crunch from a state budget that has done away with discretionary funding -- money usually set aside for individual legislators to distribute to organizations in their districts.

August 5, 2010
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