2011 Staten Island Year In Review: Weather Woes And Toll Hikes Impede Residents
A number of transit nightmares were realized on Staten Island in 2011, but residents also enjoyed the newly opened Cedar Grove Beach and pulled together to give a veteran a warm welcome. NY1’s Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.
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The first of five public hearings about the city's botched response to the day after Christmas blizzard was held on Staten Island.
Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty, an island resident, didn't show up, much to the chagrin of residents who wanted to know why it took so long for their streets to be plowed and their garbage removed.
This as the snow continued to pack a huge punch on the island, making its home there for much of the winter.
At the end of the summer, Tropical Storm Irene packs its punch, downing power lines, flooding homes and ripping trees from their roots.
In January, parents at PS 36 keep their kids out of school for two days after elevated levels of dangerous PCBs, a chemical linked to cancer, were found there.
In the spring, elected officials celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the closing of the Fresh Kills landfill, which will be transformed into a park.
The Arthur Kill Correctional Facility is closed December 1 as part of a statewide cost-cutting initiative.
District Attorney Dan Donovan wins a third term, beating Democrat Mike Ryan in a rematch of a race they fought four years earlier.
Meantime, Staten Island residents rally against Port Authority toll increases that raised the fares on all of its crossings, crippling small businesses and leaving residents asking for help.
2010 Census information shows Staten Island diversified over the last decade, with 51 percent more Hispanics and 40 more Asians.
Nearly 20,000 beachgoers flock to the newly opened Cedar Grove Beach after residents of a longtime beach club there are kicked out to make way for a public park.
This, as army private and quadruple amputee Brendan Marrocco gets a hero’s welcome at a new home built for him in Princes Bay, all thanks to a community effort.