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Posts Tagged ‘Staten Island Advance’

Staten Island Production Company Clowns Local, National Media [Updated]

SIClownPicFuzz on the Lens Productions has authored a number of shorts and features. But nothing – not even their revisiting of the Halloween horror franchise – has come close to the publicity generated by the company’s “Staten Island Clown” stunt.

Company principal Michael Leavy tried to deny the connection at first. But when Staten Island Advance reporter Mark D. Stein reiterated some Post info and pointed out that Leavy was Facebook friends with two others also responsible for spreading the early viral word, the SI Clown caper was blown*:

“Just saw that,” he said of the New York Post story. “I think he’s funny and this whole thing (is funny), so if people want to think it’s me or whoever I won’t stop them, maybe I should go get a clown suit though, hopefully they are not sold out.”

When told of the Facebook post linking the bunch, he changed his tune.

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New York Media Go to Town with #Forkgate

GoodfellasLogoLet’s start with a journalist stationed in the borough where this all went down Friday. Staten Island Advance reporter Jillian Jorgensen, in her first few paragraphs, cuts right to the cheese:

As a pizza was placed in front of the new mayor, he made a fateful move: He picked up a fork and knife.

The press corps noticed almost immediately. Within moments, there was a Twitter hashtag: #forkgate.

Mayor Bill de Blasio didn’t stick strictly to utensils – he sampled three slices (one margherita, two “Smoking Goodfellas”) and began with utensils for each, before switching to the more conventional New York handheld style for finishing.

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Grand Theft Auto Meets the Keystone Cops

The arrival on Tuesday of video game sequel Grand Theft Auto V generated a staggering first-day worldwide gross of $800 million. But at one local mall, it was more like the Keystone Cops.

Per a report by Staten Island Advance crime reporter John Annese, a trio of locals were mistaken for cops when they arrived at the Staten Island Mall driving an unmarked police car purchased at auction. One of the young men is the son of a retired police officer, another an NYPD auxiliary, allowing them to take advantage of an unforeseen opportunity to cut to the front of the long, midnight line:

Santanastaso had his father’s NYPD shield tattooed on his arm, Kirsheh was carrying a fake NYPD shield in his wallet and Abdel Sayed had his auxiliary badge and ID, according to court papers and law enforcement sources.

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