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To report a story

James Yates James Yates
City Editor
Directs and supervises a staff of news reporters and team of editors specializing in Staten Island news. Determines what information and events most directly impact and interest borough residents and how best to tell each story each day.

Tom Checchi Tom Checchi
Assistant Managing Editor - Local News
Oversees content for the Sunday Advance and Thursday edition; special projects and investigative reports.

Dean Balsamini Jr. Dean Balsamini Jr.
Night City Editor
Closes out the daily news cycle by supervising nighttime coverage of news; edits stories as they develop and refines the way in which all local news items are presented to Staten Island readers.

Richard Ryan Richard Ryan
News Editor
Coordinates and oversees selection and placement of local and national news stories.

Paulsen Ken Paulsen
Assistant Managing Editor -- Digital News
The assistant managing editor for digital news works with a team to coordinate the news, sports, features and community content that appears on

To get a photographer

Pictures from the Staten Island Advance

The Advance covers as many events as possible, seven days a week on Staten Island. It is impossible to cover every event. It is our goal to be able to visit every organization that requests a photo at least once each year. But to do that, we need complete information and ample notice of the event. To have a photographer cover your event, send a written request so that it is received at least 10 days in advance of the event to:

Photo Editor
Staten Island Advance
950 Fingerboard Rd.
Staten Island, N.Y. 10305

Be sure to include the date, time and place of the event, and a contact name with a telephone number where someone can be reached between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. You can check to see if a photographer has been assigned by telephoning the City Desk, Extension 2205, the day before the event.

Steve Zaffarano Steve Zaffarano
Photo Editor
718-981-1234 Extension 2279

Schmidt Chuck Schmidt
Sunday Editor
718-981-1234 Extension 2216
Oversees layout and production of the Sunday Advance news pages. Decides where national and world stories are placed in the Sunday Advance news pages.


Letters to the editor

To submit a letter to the editor: Letters should be 200 words or less. The following MUST be included with your letter or it will not be considered for publication:

  • Real full name
  • Complete address (including house number*, street* and town)
  • Daytime phone number*

* Street addresses and phone numbers will not be published.

Address letters to:
"Your opinion"
Staten Island Advance
950 Fingerboard Rd.
Staten Island, New York 10305

E-Mail to:

All submissions become the property of the Staten Island Advance and will not be returned; submissions may be edited and may be published or otherwise reused in any medium by or with the permission of the Advance. Please restrict your submissions to letters to the editor only.

Editorial Staff

Brian J. Laline Brian J. Laline
718-981-1234 Extension 2200
Has overall responsibility for news content in the newspaper, editorial policy, and sets the tone for emphasis to be given news stories seven days a week. Responsible for newsroom personnel. Acts as a liaison between the newspaper and the community. Welcomes reader input and suggestions, as well as complaints about news coverage. Answers to the newspaper's Publisher.

William A. Huus William A. Huus
Managing Editor
718-981-1234 Extension 2207
Assists the editor in overseeing news content and reporting. Responsible for overseeing research and implementation of technology in the newsroom to produce the newspaper. Coordinates news space requirements with placement of ads throughout the paper.

Claire Regan Claire Regan
Associate Managing Editor
718-981-1234 Extension 2215
Responsible for the overall design style of the news pages of the newspaper, and designs Page 1 of the Sunday Advance. Oversees the Advance intern reporter program.

Mike Dominowski Mike Dominowski
Sunday Perspective Editor
718-981-1234 Extension 2212
Electronic Media, Newsroom Technology; and the Sunday Perspective Editor

Mark Hanley Mark Hanley
Editorial Page Editor
718-981-1234 Extension 2208
Oversees daily and Sunday editorial pages, and is the newspaper's chief editorial writer.


Carmine Angioli Carmine Angioli
Sports Editor
Responsible for the Sports staff of reporters, and for content in the daily and Sunday sports sections.

Jerry Lee Jerry Lee
Deputy Sports Editor
Oversees coverage of Staten Island sporting events, especially high school, sandlot and youth sports.

Advance Editors

Pam Silvestri Pamela Silvestri
Food Editor
718-981-1234 Extension 3994
Responsible for Wednesday's Food section and Thursday's dining section in AWE, the Advance's weekly entertainment magazine. Writes a food and restaurant blog, Turning Tables, on

For discussion of any food topic or restaurant matter, call Pam weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. She may also be reached at or via snail mail at 950 Fingerboard Rd., Staten Island, NY 10305. Correspondence is welcome.

Kathryn Carse Kathryn Carse
Health and Fitness Editor
Editor of the Health and Fitness section which includes information on fitness, nutrition, and wellness for people of all ages and health-related events on Staten Island.

McIntosh Elise McIntosh
Relationships Editor
Responsible for the weekly Relationships section.

Robert Bailey Robert Bailey
Entertainment Editor
718-981-1234 Extension 2213
Editor of the weekend entertainment guide -- the Friday section -- and daily entertainment pages. Responsible for coverage of all entertainment events on Staten Island.

Susan Huus Susan Huus
Young Advance Editor
718-981-1234 Extension 2232
Edits the daily Young Advance pages.

Submitting Content to the Advance

Weddings & Engagements


Weddings are published every Saturday in Lifestyle. Only Staten Island residents, or former residents, may have their weddings published. There is no charge for this service. A form, available at the Advance Building, must be completed and be received by the Advance at least one week before the wedding. A clear black and white or color photograph must be delivered to the Advance by 4 p.m. on the Thursday following the wedding.


Engagements are published every Tuesday in the Relationships section of the Advance. A couple can fill out a form at the Advance newsroom, which is located at 950 W. Fingerboard Rd., Grasmere. A couple may come in at any time; the newsroom is open 24 hours, seven days a week. If a couple cannot visit the newsroom together, a form may be sent to them. Only forms completed and signed by both the future bride and future groom will be accepted. Engagement announcements are published up to two months before the wedding. Clear black and white or color photographs should accompany the form.

Submitting a Petsnaps Photo

If you have a funny pet photo you'd like to share with the Staten Island Advance readers, please submit a snapshot to:

Staten Island Advance
950 Fingerboard Rd.
Staten Island, New York 10305

  • Although the Advance will consider all photos for publication, space limitations make it impossible to publish every photo they receive.
  • The Advance won't print any photos that appear harmful to any animal or person.
  • Please include your name and community, and your pet's name, age and breed.
  • Your ideas for a creative caption are welcome.
  • Photos become the property of the Advance and will not be returned.