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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. immigrants

    ICE Raids Continue in Staten Island Despite Global Pandemic

    As New York City shuts down in almost every other way, federal immigration enforcement officials are still picking people up.

    immigrants

  2. sudden move

    CUNY Students Pushed Out of Dorms for Emergency Medical Space

    Students are being kicked out at CSI, Hunter and City colleges to make way for “medical emergency centers” in the fight against coronavirus.

    sudden move

  3. health

    Here’s How NYC Residents Can Get Tested For Coronavirus on Staten Island

    Drive-through tents at South Beach Psychiatric Center can accommodate ‘hundreds,’ state officials say.

    health

  4. taking off

    MTA Floats Staten Island High-Speed Busway to Newark Airport

    The bus-to-plane route from the West Shore is among the options being considered for a swath of the borough with limited mass transit.

    taking off

  5. rematch

    Two Pursue Primary Against GOP-Friendly Democratic Sen. Diane Savino

    Challengers hope to use the Staten Island and Brooklyn incumbent’s Republican coziness against her. But two years later, do voters still care?

    rematch

  6. environment

    Coney Island NYC Ferry Site Could Dredge Up Toxins

    Mercury, PCBs, lead, dioxins and pesticides lurk in two possible Coney Island Creek dock locations, environmental impact documents show.

    environment

  7. politics

    Bail Law Fuels GOP Challenge to Democratic Reformer in Brooklyn Swing District

    Southern Brooklyn State Sen. Andrew Gounardes faces at least one Republican betting that voters want a return to the tough-on-crime Marty Golden era.

    politics

  8. politics

    Race for Brooklyn Rep. Yvette Clarke’s House Seat Spans Democratic Spectrum

    From DSA to MBA, six candidates — including Adem Bunkeddeko and Councilmember Chaim Deutsch — look to mobilize voters in a diverse district.

    politics

  9. making waves

    NYC Ferry’s a No-Go at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal

    “Safety issues” over big and small boats sharing space will lead to a move to the far side of Empire Outlets. Meanwhile, Sunset Park gets a new dock.

    making waves

  10. representation

    Staten Island Pledges to Fix Failure to Track Community Board Diversity

    Borough President James Oddo said his office will collect race, gender and age info — after THE CITY revealed failure to comply with a legal mandate.

    representation

  11. succession

    Likely New Brooklyn Dems Boss Gets Big Bucks From Groups Her Bills Aid

    Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte proves a fundraising powerhouse with a boost from doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs who seek her help.

    succession

  12. left out

    Staten Island Family Court Struggles With Disability Act Compliance

    Judges, lawyers and litigants make do with trailers and courtroom swaps a decade after a promise of accessible new digs.

    left out

  13. empty empire

    NYC’s First Outlet Mall Starved for Food Court and Stores

    A “food deck” was supposed to open at Staten Island’s new Empire Outlets this past fall, but winter has come without it as the mall remains half full.

    empty empire

  14. raising questions

    Max Rose’s Cross-Country Joint Fund Push Skirts Impeachment Talk

    New York City’s most vulnerable House Democrat joins high-profile California counterpart Katie Porter to raise money without mentioning Trump’s woes.

    raising questions

  15. waved off

    Sea Gate Adrift After Local Politician’s Corruption Scandal

    Disgraced Assemblymember Pamela Harris secured Sandy recovery aid for the Coney Island community — funds now washed out to sea under her successor.

    waved off

  16. chilling journey

    Cold Train: Staten Islanders Shiver as New Rail Cars Still Years Away

    The Staten Island Railway’s fleet of 47-year-old train cars leave commuters with little heat. New ones won’t arrive until late 2022.

    chilling journey

  17. rules of the road

    DMV Took Away a Brooklyn Man’s License — 18 Years After His Last DWI

    The Bensonhurst resident racked up six DWIs from 1990 to 2000, and none since, court papers show. The DMV revoked his license in 2018. Now he’s suing.

    rules of the road

  18. rough ride

    Dockless Bike Share Expands on Hilly Staten Island — Sans Electric Pedal Assist

    London-based Beryl will bring 1,000 bikes to the borough — but not the energy jolt many riders count on to scale Staten Island’s steep stretches.

    rough ride

  19. next up

    Amoy Barnes Looks to Build on Staten Island’s Growth Surge

    City Council candidate hoping to succeed “trailblazer” Debi Rose promises to bring development dividends to the North Shore.

    next up

  20. letter man

    Staten Islander Behind 16-Foot ‘T’ for Trump Sign Running for City Council

    Sam Pirozzolo — guess his middle initial — wants voters to recognize his own name now. “I will not back away from Donald Trump,” he vows.

    letter man

  21. special report

    Flirting With Disaster: Flood Zones Still Uninsured Years After Sandy

    Nearly 85% of NYC houses and apartments FEMA flags as vulnerable don’t have flood insurance — putting 250,000 homes at risk, our investigation found.

    special report

  22. not so fast

    Staten Islanders Say Innovative Bus Route Crosses a Line

    Locals are OK with an express bus on old railroad lines and viaducts. But they’d rather see traffic on a pedestrian esplanade than Richmond Terrace.

    not so fast

  23. joining the party

    Rep. Max Rose, Lone NYC Holdout, Comes Out in Support of Impeachment Inquiry

    At a town hall in Staten Island on Wednesday night, freshman Congressman Max Rose opened the event with a speech on defending the Constitution.

    joining the party

  24. wheels in motion

    An Odd Route Planned for New Staten Island Express Bus Service

    Over old railroad lines and through elevated viaducts will go the “Bus Rapid Transit” line — potentially transforming the commute of 12,000 riders

    wheels in motion

  25. politics

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Max Rose Split on Impeach-Trump Stumps

    The city’s newest Democratic reps face different re-election challenges next year. Their strategies will be on display in key visits home this week.

    politics

  26. bloom off

    Rep. Max Rose in Hot Seat as Holdout on Trump Impeachment Inquiry

    A Democrat representing a Trump-voting Staten Island and Brooklyn district treads carefully, to the dismay of many volunteers who helped elect him.

    bloom off

  27. express concerns

    Staten Island’s Epic Wait for Alternative to Private Bus Service Just Got Longer

    Academy Bus Service to get $3.8 million from taxpayers for another year of express rides from South Shore to Midtown, while MTA ponders a takeover.

    express concerns

  28. welcome back bill!

    New Yorkers Give de Blasio His Marching Orders

    We spoke city residents with strong ideas on where the mayor should focus his energy, post-campaign. Here’s a sampling of responses.

    welcome back bill!

  29. crossing lines

    City Hall’s Protected Bike Lane ‘Green Wave’ Pedals Past Local Foes

    A Brooklyn community board unanimously rejected City Hall’s plans for a new bike lane on Shore Parkway. But that didn’t stop transportation officials.

    crossing lines

  30. rising waters

    New Housing Eyed for Brooklyn Lots Ravaged by Sandy

    While Manhattan and Staten Island plan sea barriers, the city banks on one- and two-family homes in southern Brooklyn areas bound to see more floods.

    rising waters

  31. empty empire

    Three Months In, City’s First Outlet Mall Is Barely One-Third Full

    Staten Island’s Empire Outlets is full of empty storefronts as some wonder if it’ll escape the retail apocalypse.

    empty empire

  32. a sad anniversary

    Thirty Years Later, Yusuf Hawkins’ Murder Still Shocks in a Changed Brooklyn

    Bensonhurst divides among those who never heard of the Aug. 23, 1989, hate crime, those who can’t forget — and those who wish they could.

    a sad anniversary

  33. switching gears

    Reversing Course, Dockless Bike Share to Roll on in the Rockaways

    After THE CITY revealed planned shutdown of cycle program along the Queens shore, Department of Transportation gives two-wheelers another whirl.

    switching gears

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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?

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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.

    nypd

  48. 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.

    ccrb

  49. 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

  50. 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

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