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ARTICLES BY: Clifford Michel

Clifford covers Staten Island and southern Brooklyn for THE CITY. He previously covered politics for the Staten Island Advance. His reporting has appeared in Gothamist, the Amsterdam News, Politico New York and Gotham Gazette.

  1. highs and lows

    Disparities in Staten Island Pot Arrests Draw Concern

     Cops made 35 marijuana busts this year through June in the precinct area where Eric Garner died in 2014 — far outpacing the rest of the borough.

    highs and lows

  2. bicycles

    Some Local Pols Want City to Slow Down on New Bike Lane Push

    Mayor de Blasio proposed an 80-mile “green wave” of protected bike lanes by 2021 amid a spike in deaths. But City Council members aren’t all on board.

    bicycles

  3. eric garner

    In Garner’s Staten Island, Locals Say ‘It’s About Time’ on Cop Verdict

    On Staten Island’s Bay Street, where Eric Garner died, an NYPD judge’s recommendation that Officer Daniel Pantaleo be fired was met with relief.

    eric garner

  4. long-distance dedication

    National GOP Eyes Nicole Malliotakis to Flip Staten Island House Seat

    Steve Scalise, Marco Rubio and other Republicans are lining up to support her challenge to Max Rose for the post, which also covers part of Brooklyn.

    long-distance dedication

  5. what's up dockless?

    Dockless Bike-Share Grows in Staten Island, Brakes Elsewhere

    The planned expansion of Citi Bike coincides with the end of the rival program everywhere except Staten Island, where it will expand borough-wide.

    what's up dockless?

  6. eric garner

    Eric Garner’s Mother Tells Mayor to ‘Stand Up’ After Feds Ditch Case

    De Blasio didn’t stick around City Hall for a rally with Garner’s family. But he changed how the NYPD will deal with police-involved deaths.

    eric garner

  7. blue wave

    Red Fades in Brooklyn: Inside the Race for Borough’s Lone GOP Seat

    Democratic Assembly hopeful Brandon Patterson looks to take Brooklyn’s only current Republican slot amid growing blue wave.

    blue wave

  8. shoring up

    Staten Island Flood Zone Levee Finally on the Horizon

    After three risky years of delay, design is cleared to begin for the 5.3-mile East Shore Seawall, stretching from Fort Wadsworth to Oakwood Beach.

    shoring up

  9. pot plans

    Staten Island Medical Marijuana Shop on Hold Until September

    It’s been two years since the state officials announced a dispensary was coming. Staten Island is the only borough without one, despite big demand.

    pot plans

  10. in the air

    Wind-Energy Hub Could Breathe New Life into Staten Island Homeport

    City officials seek ideas for turning Stapleton pier into a support center for offshore renewable energy — tapping into an expected boom.

    in the air

  11. steep route

    Taxpayers Step Up Funding for Private S.I. Bus Lines Losing Riders

    The SIM23 and SIM24 express bus routes serving Staten Island’s South Shore are suffering under MTA route redesigns, city sponsor says.

    steep route

  12. park promises

    Staten Island Park’s Overhaul Is Purely Cosmetic, Residents Contend

    Last July, Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged to “return Tompkinsville Park to the people.” But locals say trouble still lurks after a renovation.

    park promises

  13. affordable housing

    Staten Island Revamp Advances Without $3,000 ‘Affordable’ Rents

    Bay Street rezoning, approved by a City Council committee Thursday, yields a pledge to rebuild collapsed rec center, add schools and fix sewer system.

    affordable housing

  14. nypd

    ‘The Whole World Saw’: Eric Garner’s Mom Slams Cop’s Defense

    Defense witnesses say Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s didn’t use a chokehold in videotaped death. Closing arguments are set for Thursday in his NYPD trial.

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  15. ccrb

    Eric Garner’s Mother Struggles Through Cop’s NYPD Trial

    Gwen Carr doesn’t believe the administrative trial — which resumes Wednesday and could end with an officer’s firing — will bring justice for her son.

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  16. unplugged

    City’s New Civic Engagement Commission Misses Its Closeup

    Democracy group, charged with encouraging greater civic involvement, flouts law requiring webcasting of government sessions in its first meeting.

    unplugged

  17. check out

    Popular Supermarket Could Get Shelved in New Staten Island Plans

    Western Beef is “likely” to be scrapped under City Hall’s Bay Street revamping proposal, leaving residents with few options for groceries.

    check out

  18. driving up costs

    Brooklyn Community Board Roils Over $26,000 SUV Splurge

    Williamsburg’s CB 1 used a City Council grant to buy a Toyota RAV4 – which THE CITY found parked Wednesday night near the board manager’s house.

    driving up costs

  19. civilian complaint review board

    Little Change and Little Hope on the Staten Island Street Where Eric Garner Died

    Daniel Pantaleo, who escaped criminal charges in the case, faces an administrative trial Monday. But Garner’s pals doubt the cop will be punished.

    civilian complaint review board

  20. rent

    No $3,000-a-Month ‘Affordable’ Rentals for Staten Island, Lawmaker Vows

    Councilmember Debi Rose pledges to veto high-rent housing Borough President Jimmy Oddo is pushing as part of the mayor’s planned Bay Street overhaul.

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  21. high hopes

    Albany Pols Firing Up Bill to Overhaul Medical Marijuana Program

    With hopes for recreational pot in New York in the weeds, the state legislature reignites a push for loosening medical marijuana regulations.

    high hopes

  22. flat rate

    ‘Affordable’ Apartments – at $3,000 a Month – Loom for Staten Island

    A key vote is set for Monday on a project that could count high-end housing toward the mayor’s goal of 300,000 affordable flats.

    flat rate

  23. crackdown

    Staten Island Bus Riders Cry Foul on Fare-Evasion Crackdown

    In a borough where MetroCard machines are few and far between, commuters want transit enforcers to hop off their backs.

    crackdown

  24. lone runner

    GOP Is MIA: Staten Island’s Democratic DA Will Run Unchallenged

    Republican officials in the only borough that voted Trump couldn’t field anyone to face incumbent Michael McMahon, who is likely to coast to victory.

    lone runner

  25. vox pop

    Vox Pop: What Can THE CITY Do for You?

    Our reporters scoured the five boroughs — and got our marching orders from dozens of New Yorkers.

    vox pop