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  • Staten Island Chuck, also referred to more formally as Charles G. Hogg, is a groundhog who resides in the Staten Island Zoo in Staten Island, New York City. He is noted as the official groundhog meteorologist of New York City, who predicts the duration of winter each February 2 on Groundhog Day. The tradition dates to 1981. He makes the prediction based on whether or not he sees his shadow at 7:30 A.M. on Groundhog Day. The ceremony at the zoo is often attended and officiated by the Mayor of New York City. Chuck's prediction for 2011 was early spring, similar to that of Punxsutawney Phil. Chuck had a contentious relationship with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whom he notoriously bit in 2009. In 2012, the mayor did not attend the ceremony for the fifth time out of 12 years in office. No reason for his absence was provided. His hostilities continued into the reign of his successor, Bill de Blasio, who dropped the groundhog during his first ceremony. Wikipedia

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