If Mayor Bill de Blasio decides to go to this year's Groundhog Day event on Monday — an appearance that has come to be expected of every New York mayor — he will have a chance at a do-over. Last year, Chuck, a groundhog from the Staten Island Zoo, slipped out of the mayor's arms, took a tumble and a week later was found dead.
The zoo said the animal, whose real name was Charlotte, died of internal injuries never directly linked to the fall. But it was difficult to erase the appearance of a connection.
The sting of it all must still feel fresh, too, because the mayor's office this week said it wouldn't confirm until Sunday whether De Blasio would attend.