NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio skipped the Staten Island Zoo’s annual Groundhog Day ceremony — several years after dropping a groundhog that later died.
De Blasio — responding to a question Friday on WNYC — said that there are “fine elected officials” who are “much more adept at handling groundhogs” than he is.
Staten Island Chuck — a three-decade veteran of weather predictions — indicates there’ll be an early spring.
The last time de Blasio held a ceremonial groundhog — a stand-in named Charlotte — was in 2014.
Charlotte died several days after being dropped; the zoo says it was unlikely that the death was related.
In 2009, Chuck bit then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Says de Blasio: “I’ve done my time.”