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Staten Island Chuck Predicts Six More Weeks of Winter

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For those who believe the groundhogs, we're in for another six weeks of winter after Staten Island Chuck, as well as Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania, saw their shadows this morning. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following report.

“Chuck says more winter,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the Staten Island Zoo Groundhog Day ceremony Sunday morning.

Staten Island Chuck's prediction isn't sitting well with many New Yorkers.

"I am a little upset because winter makes me so cold,” said one young attendee.

"There is more winter and I don't want anymore winter. It is already cold," said another.

"No spring and no swimming in the pool,” said a third attendee.

"This is the first time I think I’ll ever wish Chuck was wrong,” said Assemblyman Michael Cuskick.

Chuck, or Charles G. Hogg if you want to use his formal name, was joined by our new mayor this year for his big announcement.

"Staten Island Zoo official gloves here. Not getting through these Chuck,” de Blasio joked.

Mayor de Blasio's prediction didn't come true.

Chuck tried to escape from the mayor's hands right before the announcement.

"He was very agitated at first because there are so many new people. There’s about 700 people when he opens up the door to come out of his house to predict the weather so you can imagine he was a little concerned about it,” said Mark Valitutto, general curator and veterinarian at the Staten Island Zoo.

Whether Chuck jumped or Mayor de Blasio dropped him is up for debate.

But at least he didn't bite the new mayor, like he did Mayor Bloomberg back in 2009.

“I think that was Staten Island Chuck doing his Marshawn Lynch impression,” said de Blasio. “Once he calmed down I found him to be a very friendly and very appealing young animal.”

"Those are new gloves for the mayor and he is not used to holding the groundhog. So Chuck was a little bit nervous in a different set of hands,” said Valitutto.

" I think 6'5" kind of intimidated him a little bit,” said one onlooker.

"The mayor kinda dropped the groundhog. I don't think the groundhog was very happy,” said one young attendee.

"The mayor was dealing more better with Chuck than the last one,” said another.

Now that Chuck has made his big prediction he heads back into his habitat to hibernate for the next six weeks.

The mayor came with special gloves in case the rodent got feisty.

Instead of biting the mayor, as he once did to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Chuck was squirmy, even breaking loose from the mayor's grip. But not before his famous forecast.

According to the Staten Island Zoo, Chuck's accuracy rate is 82 percent.

He's been right 26 out of 32 times.

And in Pennsylvania, that other groundhog also saw his shadow.

Phil has been giving his predictions in Gobbler's Knob for 128 years.

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