2011-05-06 / Top Stories

Slater Completes Phase II Of Recovery

By Howard Schwach


Rockaway resident and former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater shows his certificate of completion of the phase 2 of substance abuse treatment. Rockaway resident and former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater shows his certificate of completion of the phase 2 of substance abuse treatment. It is highly unusual for a person appearing in Queens Criminal Court to get a round of applause, but ex-JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater had just that happen to him on Wednesday of last week for finishing another step on his road to sobriety following a bizarre, beer-fueled slide down an emergency chute last summer.

Queens Court personnel joined onlookers in cheers when Queens Mental Health Court Justice Marcia Hirsch handed Slater a certificate for finishing a second round of court-ordered drug and alcohol treatment. “Keep up the good work,” Hirsch said.

Slater told Hirsch he’s been spending most of his time in California, preparing his mother’s Thousand Oaks home for sale following her death earlier this year.

Slater, 38, pleaded guilty in October to criminal mischief for his runway meltdown and agreed to pay JetBlue $10,000 in restitution. He’ll have to finish another round of counseling and substance abuse treatment before he’s released from court-ordered supervision.

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