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WNYC News

Staten Island Vet Receives Double Arm Transplant

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Staten Island veteran who lost his arms and legs to a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2009 has received a dual arm transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

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WNYC News

New NYC Flood Maps Add 35,000 Structures to Danger Zone

Monday, January 28, 2013

Twice as many homes and businesses in and near the city would be in flood zones under new maps that may force more property-owners to buy flood insurance, complicate post-Sandy rebuilding for some and confront others with the choice of building higher or paying considerably more for insurance.

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WNYC News

Istanbul Police Seek Missing Staten Island Woman

Monday, January 28, 2013

"Although she loved Turkey, she was eager to come home and share all that with us, all the pictures she took. So we know that this isn't normal. Something happened. She wanted to come home," a childhood pal of Sarai Sierra, 33, said about the missing mother of two.

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WNYC News

Hearings on Power Companies Continue

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

There's no holiday break for the state panel investigating how New York electric companies performed during and after Sandy.

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WNYC News

Some NY Officials Have Choice Words for NRA Proposal

Friday, December 21, 2012

The National Riffle Association's call to place armed guards in schools gained some traction with local gun enthusiasts — but many New York politicians who spoke out Friday took umbrage at the proposal in the wake of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Politics, Staten Island, and Sandy

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Huffington Post reporters Saki Knafo and Lila Shapiro talk about the factors on Staten Island that made it especially vulnerable to the disaster that came with Sandy. They’ve reported investigative pieces looking at the political landscape on Staten Island and the power of real-estate development.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Investigating

Thursday, December 20, 2012

On today’s show: Robert Kane helps us understand the causes of police misconduct and bad cops. Then, we’ll examine a $430 million boondoggle at the Department of Homeland Security, where employees were given radios they don’t know how to use. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard discusses singing in the new English-language production of "The Barber of Seville" at the Metropolitan Opera. And we’ll look at how Staten Island’s political system may have contributed to the disaster there following hurricane Sandy.

WNYC News

In Staten Island, Sandy Victims Struggle With Housing Options

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Instead of importing mobile homes, the government is putting up people in hotels and short-term apartment rentals. The Bloomberg administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have also set up a program that connects teams of contractors with homeowners needing power, heat and hot water. But demand for those services have overwhelmed the supply, and storm victims on Staten Island are getting impatient.

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WNYC News

Mayor to Wastewater Workers: Keep Up the Good Work

Monday, December 03, 2012

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg continued to thank city workers for their efforts during Sandy when he toured the Oakwood Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant on Staten Island on Monday.

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WNYC News

Solar Generators Power Sandy-Stricken Areas

Monday, December 03, 2012

A non-profit clean energy group, Solar One, has been deploying solar generators to areas most affected by Hurricane Sandy. The group currently has several generators running in the Rockaways, and made a recent delivery to Midland Beach on Staten Island.

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WNYC News

Tempers Flare at Staten Island Town Hall

Friday, November 30, 2012

Hundreds of frustrated Staten Island residents seeking answers packed the New Dorp High School auditorim Thursday night where an informational town hall meeting about Sandy turned into a heated venting session for those who lost everything in the storm.

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WNYC News

On Staten Island, Residents Face a Hard Decision to Stay or Go

Friday, November 30, 2012

President Barack Obama’s pointman for the region’s Sandy recovery told WNYC in an exclusive interview that the federal government wants storm-damaged coastline neighborhoods and towns to build back better and stronger.

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WNYC News

Labor Secretary Visits Staten Island

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis visited a day worker center on Staten Island that has been involved in cleanup efforts after Sandy. She toured the Midland Beach neighborhood on Thursday.

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WNYC News

Runaway Zebra Corralled on Staten Island

Thursday, November 29, 2012

New York City can be like a zoo sometimes, but a zebra running wild through the streets is not something you ordinarily see.

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WNYC News

To Stay or Go? The Dilemma Facing Those Left Homeless by Sandy

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Many people displaced by Sandy have been staying with family and friends, but a month after the storm they're finding their housing situation — or lack thereof — to be increasingly difficult.

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Transportation Nation

Staten Island To Get A Second Ferry...Briefly

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Map of the temporary ferry terminal in Great Kills Park (image courtesy of NYC DOT)

The dream of a South Shore ferry for Staten Island will soon be a reality -- albeit a fleeting one.

To improve the post-Sandy commute for some of the hardest-hit areas of the southernmost borough, New York City is soliciting bids for temporary ferry service from Great Kills to two separate points in Manhattan. The service -- which will be made possible by FEMA funding -- is expected to be up and running by Monday, November 26th.

The existing Staten Island Ferry operates between the northern tip of the borough -- difficult to get to for residents further afield -- to the Battery in lower Manhattan, which is experiencing its own issues: the South Ferry subway station, seriously damaged during the storm surge, remains closed.

This isn't the first time the idea of a ferry on the southern tip of the island has been raised. According to a story earlier this year in the Staten Island Advance, there was a 1997 plan to operate a fast ferry between Great Kills Harbor and Manhattan, but it  "was thwarted by community opposition."

A press release from the city says the service will operate for eight weeks and will include "six trips leaving a newly-constructed landing at Great Kills between 6:00 AM and 9:00 AM, bound for Pier 11 at Wall Street and continuing on to 35th Street, and six return departures in the afternoon, between 12:00 Noon to 6:15 PM. The one-way fare will be $2.00, comparable to fares for temporary ferry routes established in the Rockaways."

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WNYC News

As Obama Visits Staten Island, Some Residents Feel a Disconnect

Thursday, November 15, 2012

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Residents of this historically conservative borough had mixed feelings about President Barack Obama's visit to the region as recovery crawls forward. The president won Staten Island in the recent election, but the margin was 50 to 49 percent — the narrowest margin of any of the five boroughs.

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WNYC News

Obama Commits to Long-Term Rebuilding, but Not Cuomo's $30B Ask

Thursday, November 15, 2012

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President Barack Obama spent part of the day touring the New York City area to view damage left by Sandy and learn about local recovery efforts.

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Transportation Nation

Flooded Out Staten Islander Preps for Second Blow From Nor'easter

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Stephen Drimalas surveys his flooded-out home in Ocean Breeze, Staten Island. (Jim O'Grady/WNYC)

Staten Islander Stephen Drimalas is one of thousands of New Yorkers who are still without power. He's digging out from Sandy, showing up sporadically to his city job and, as of Wednesday, riding out a nor'easter.

The 46-year-old Drimalas lives alone in a small house in Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, a neighborhood that the storm submerged under eight feet of water. He works for the city Department of Transportation, installing signs and Muni meters. Seven years ago, he moved from Brooklyn to this modest beachfront neighborhood on Staten Island's east shore because it was cheap, beautiful and near the water.

He knew flooding was a possibility. So a year ago, he built a new foundation and raised his house by four feet. The night Sandy hit, he stepped outside to smoke a cigarette and check on conditions.

"As soon as I opened the door, the water started pouring down," he said. "By the time I got to my car, the water was up to my shin. Another minute or two and I wasn't getting out. That's how fast it came in."

Drimalas fled with the clothes on his back and some papers he managed to grab. Everything else was destroyed, including a set of appliances he'd just loaded into his house at the end of a year-long renovation.

He escaped but his neighbor, 89-year-old Ella Norris, did not. "She lived with her daughter here on Buel," Drimalas said on Monday as he stood outside Ella's house, his neighbors circulating around him as they cleaned and salvaged what they could. "She and her daughter got trapped in the house. Her daughter survived. Ella's in the funeral home right now. They're having a service for her, as we speak."

Drimalas has spent the last ten days piling garbage on the street and digging out from the mud, calling FEMA and trying to contact his insurance company. On nights when a friend can't put him up, he sleeps in his car.

Now comes a nor'easter with snow and slashing rain, high winds and forecasts of flooding. When reached by cell phone, Drimalas described how he was preparing for a second blow.

"I'm getting all the garbage out in case any winds pick up," he said. He added that he was hoping to stay with a friend, before cutting short the call. "I'm working outside," he said. "I gotta go."

To see more photos of Drimalas and his neighborhood, go here.

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Schoolbook

New Dorp HS Welcomes Displaced Middle Schoolers

Thursday, November 08, 2012

With dozens of schools still damaged or without power, entire school communities have re-located to temporary locations. The 2700-student body and staff at New Dorp High School on Staten Island made room for I.S. 2 which can't move back to its building for at least a few weeks. It was a logistical feat that students and educators said went well on its first day despite a few bumps.

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