Mayor To Skip Groundhog Day Celebration, 6 Years After Dropping Chuck

Rich Lamb
January 28, 2020 - 6:23 pm
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Edward Reed for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — For the sixth year in a row, Mayor Bill de Blasio will not attend Sunday’s annual Groundhog Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo.

The last time the mayor attended was in 2014. During that celebration, de Blasio dropped a groundhog named Charlotte.

A week later, Charlotte died of internal injuries. While the zoo said the death was probably unrelated to the mayor’s fumble – he has yet to return.

“You know, it's the highlight of my year. I tried it, it didn't end well. I won't be back,” he told WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.

The mayor joked that he has been advised by wildlife experts to stay at least five miles away from any groundhogs.

“I think the groundhogs deserve that for their own protection,” the mayor added.

The event kicks off at 7 a.m. at the zoo on Sunday. It’s free to attend.