Staten Island Chuck will lead an extended, wholesome life — as a result of Mayor de Blasio says he’s accomplished with Groundhog Day.
“I feel I’ve accomplished my time,” de Blasio quipped when requested about skipping as we speak’s affair on the Staten Island Zoo on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Present.
Hizzoner is the prime suspect within the loss of life of an earlier incarnation of Staten Island Chuck: A lady groundhog who was really named Charlotte, and who de Blasio dropped on his first Groundhog Day. Charlotte was discovered useless within the days after the ceremony.
De Blasio returned to the scene of the crime as soon as, the next yr — and wasn’t allowed to the touch the alternative rodent, who was elevated out of his habitat on a contraption the zoo dubbed a “Chuck-a-vator.”
He ditched the occasion final yr and once more Friday morning — leaving officers, together with Controller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James, to headline the ceremonies.
“You already know what, there are nice elected officers who’re far more adept at dealing with groundhogs than me,” de Blasio stated.
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The mischievous marmot has a historical past of inflicting mayoral hassle — it as soon as bit Mayor Bloomberg when the mayor reached inside his den to attempt to coax the critter out, and a pair years later Bloomberg was caught on digital camera cursing Chuck as a “little son of a b—-.”
Chuck didn’t see his shadow Friday morning, which suggests he’s prognosticating an early spring.