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Antoniello takes charge of GOP, vows to keep Staten Island the ‘red borough’

New GOP chairman John Antoniello kept things moving once he’d received the gavel from outgoing chair Robert Scamardella, efficiently overseeing votes that installed William D’Ambrosio as the party’s male first vice chair and Judy Piccirillo as secretary at the party’s recent convention.

Staten Island’s Grimm joins House vote to save Fort Hamilton’s WMD team

The House Wednesday voted to save Fort Hamilton’s 24thNational Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team from cuts and closure, as part of a continuing resolution to keep the government running through the end of Fiscal Year 2013, on June 30.

Verrazano toll-break plan collapses; Staten Island’s Lanza optimistic for a deal by May

A tentative deal to put in place a toll break for Staten Island residents and businesses on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, as part of the state budget, has come undone, Island lawmakers said Monday. But state Sen. Andrew Lanza said he remains “very optimistic” that it can still happen — possibly as early as May. The plan would have sliced the toll for Island-based commercial entities by around half, while reducing the E-ZPass resident discount to $5.50. It’s currently $6.

Staten Island GOP’s torch passes to a new man

Looking to put a period of party turmoil behind them, Staten Island Republicans on Monday night unanimously elected John Antoniello as their new chairman. Antoniello replaces attorney Robert Scamardella, who resigned amid friction over the Mid-Island City Council primary. Republicans also unanimously elected William D’Ambrosio as the party’s male first vice chairman, replacing Frank Aversa.

Staten Island’s Grimm asks TSA to rethink knife ruling

More than 100 members of Congress signed a letter circulated by a bipartisan group of representatives, including Rep. Michael G. Grimm, that calls on the Transportation Security Administration to rethink its recent decision to allow some knives on airplanes. It will be sent by the end of this week to TSA Administrator John S. Pistole, the contingent said. “This level of congressional opposition should serve as a wake-up call to TSA,” said Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn).