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Harlem Tea Party

Posted: October 28, 2011 in Our community

Barbara, a Democrat from Harlem, talks at a Tea Party rally

Comment: It was never between democrats or republicans, it was always between stupidity and common sense. Personal Responsibility vs a Nanny State. These politicians are either our servant or our master. The government must either obey the laws they have enacted or this government can pick and choose which law they wish to obey and which they can discard. I would vote for this woman, don’t care whether she is a democrat or a republican, she is first of all AN AMERICAN


Brooklyn doctor says NO to Obamacare

Dr. Vladimir Gressel, MD

Hi everybody, I was asked to put my 5 cents on this topic (but nobody asked us, doctors in practice, and our opinion about it before this became a law 2 years ago).

Ponzi- Madoff Scheme:

America is a “dream comes true” country for every immigrant for the last 200 years, regardless when you immigrated. Remember those Irish and Germans in the late 18Th century, or eastern European Jews in the beginning of 19Th, or Cubans who run out from Fidel. And, of cause, latest flow of Mexicans, Dominicans, Pakistanis…., do not forget about us, Russian Jews in 1980-1990Th. We all came for a dream, and we all got one. Yes, it was same dream for everybody: we all wanted a “good life”, not this miserable, poor struggle in our native country.  The only difference is that some of us achieved it here by working very hard as traditionally this country was built on, but lately we see that more and more immigrants start obtaining their dream by totally different way. They start to figuring out about how to “milk” the system, how to become a “taker” of free stuff. You can ask me “what system”?, America is known only for capitalism, which make it so great. How can you “milk” capitalism, which supposed to promote hard work and innovations, support individual responsibilities?

Unfortunately, we ourselves created another system for the last century which allowed those who does not have desire to work hard have this wonderful American Dream anyway.

This system was sold out to us by politicians the same way as Mr. Ponzi did it in early 1920s: promise great returns for small investment in your future. More than that, they promised it GUARANTEED by the government! Social Security-failed, almost bankrupt, Medicare-already bankrupt, Medicaid-all in red ink. There is not, I repeat, not even one federal program in existence right now which is financially solvent and delivered what it was promised to do. But results of those “experiments and deviations from capitalism” are devastating for our kid’s future: almost 100 trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities for above mentioned programs and tens of millions of people who are become dependent on those programs.  I should mention also food stamps, housing programs, free education, extended unemployment benefits, welfare and on and on…..

It is all done with one purpose only. Government can grow only if it controls your life as much as possible, through taxes, regulations and…Benefits, so called free stuff. When you become addicted to free stuff, you will beg your government (as an alcoholic) to give you more,…. in exchange for your freedom.

If anybody could tell me that Obamacare will be somewhat different, it is a joke. It is again and again, same Ponzi- Madoff-type of lie, but this time it is much worse than you think.

Myths vs reality:

Let’s review some facts. What was the main “selling points” of Dems and president Obama two years ago

1. New law will decrease cost of private medical insurance.

False. Last year, even though main components of Obamacare will start only in 2013, average cost of private insurance increased dramatically by average of 12-15%. Why? Because, insurance companies started hiring large legal teams just to figured out how to comply with new, more than 2400 pages monstrosity. You right, only people who will benefit from this Obamacare are lawyers. And again, you right, who were the major supporters and lobbied this in Congress-LAWYERS, not doctors. By the new law, if you not comply with myriads of new regulations, your insurance company can be kicked out of business. Also, last year all insurances were forced to insure so called “kids” till age 26 for free (before it was till age 21). They also will be forced to insure everybody regardless of his/her medical history for the same price. Let me ask you “are you as a business owner would run your business without profit?” Of cause, not, you will increase price for premiums for everybody to cover your losses with sick insured people. Even my teenage son understands it, but our politicians pretend that they are not.

2.    New law will provide medical coverage (or force to have insurance) to everybody, which will again (in theory) will control overall cost of healthcare. The argument was, that by insuring everybody we will dramatically decrease number of ER visits; that generally those people will have access to regular checkups and by early prevention we will safe tons of money on hospitalizations.    

False. Besides the fact, that it is unconstitutional for federal government to force somebody to buy product (insurance), insuring everybody means only one thing: now patient can go to see a doctor without paying out of pocket. Those 32 million uninsured Americans consist of two separate groups: ones who obtained coverage as a free gift from the government and others who must buy it as they have income. Later group is young working people who did not have to spend money on insurance as they are again young and healthy. Now, since they invest their hard earned money in health insurance, they will come to see doctors as many times as possible, demanding expensive services, just to make sure their good health still “very good”.

Some of them will pay penalties for not buying insurance, calculating it is cheaper and, anyway, “I can always go to ER”, as before.

But it is even worse for those in the first group, they can do anything they want since it does not cost them anything, but it will cost tons of money for taxpayers, as we see it with Medicaid.

3. New law will dramatically improve quality of medical care

Another idiotic joke. How in the world we can improve it with sudden influx of 32 million new customers, but no new providers of this service. Actually, now we have significant shortage of doctors in this country. More than that, 46%(! ) of physicians considering leaving private practice medicine or work part time only, if Obamacare will be implemented. Do you want to be seen by a doctor, who does not even have time to look at your face, since he will be already writing on the computer your visit note to EMR (electronic medical record). News for you: your EMR should and will be available for governmental agencies reviews without your consent, and do not forget about computer hackers, if they can get into the files of Pentagon, it is a piece of cake to still your medical record.

4. Our senior’s Medicare program will not be affected, it will be even better.

How? By cutting it’s funding by 500 billion dollars? By cutting doctor’s fees by average of 25% in 2013? In 10 short years we expect 30% more Medicare recipients due to demographic changes (people live longer, plus huge number of baby boomers). Who is going to take care of them? More and more doctors thinking to opt out from Medicare, since it pays less and less, and they have to spend more time with those patients as they get older.

5. Nobody will be telling your doctor how to treat you

Another lie. Actually, very scary one

Most of you do not even know that Obamacare is already a part two of healthcare reform. First part was sneaked in in almost 1trillion dollars stimulus bill early 2009. In this bill 1,1billion dollars was allocated to create a Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research. Just three days after passage of Stimulus Bill, Obama appointed all 15 members of this Council.

The Federal Council is modeled after a U.K. board. This board approves or rejects treatments using a formula that divides the cost of the treatment by the number of years the patient is likely to benefit. Treatments for younger patients are more often approved than treatments for diseases that affect the elderly, such as osteoporosis.

In 2006, a U.K. health board decreed that elderly patients with macular degeneration had to wait until they went blind in one eye before they could get a costly new drug to save the other eye. It took almost three years of public protests before the board reversed its decision.

Later, in Obamacare bill, another new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, was created and should monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions.

Keeping doctors informed of the newest medical findings is important, but enforcing uniformity goes too far. More than that,

hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties.  “Meaningful user” isn’t defined in the bill. That will be left to the bureaucrats at Health and Human Services Department, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time”.

What penalties will deter your doctor from going beyond the electronically delivered protocols when your condition is atypical or you need an experimental treatment? The vagueness is intentional. It is just another appointed body with vast powers to make the “tough” decisions elected politicians won’t make.

6. Doctors support Obamacare

Not true. Obama’s administration pointed out on American Medical Association, who endorsed it, but membership of this organization dropped dramatically for the last 10 years. AMA does not represent physicians long time ago; it became another lobbing entity for special interests.

You might ask me about solutions, what you would do to improve health care and make it more affordable.

The answer is always in a free market, not in governmental bureaucracy

Just about 60 years ago there was no health care insurances, no Medicare or Medicaid and 85% of Americans were able to afford their doctor and hospital admissions. People understood then that they have to do priorities for their budget: either to do savings for future medical care or just spend money on entertainment, travel, extra clothing and etc…

Personal responsibilities were taught by parents and in schools. Now we are hearing something like “right to have free medical care”. I am aware of only three unalienable rights from our constitution: right to live, right for liberty and right to have property. We already ignored constitution when we proclaimed free government-sponsored education, which is declining ever since.

Give consumers (patients) power to choose which doctor or hospital to attend and let providers of service (doctors and hospitals) freedom how much they want to charge.

Remove thousands of regulations and policies and those charges will drop dramatically.

You would argue that to go back to simple times when nobody was standing between doctor and patient is unrealistic. Sadly, I agree with you.

But some common sense changes without spending a single penny of taxpayers must be done immediately to avoid disaster.


First, Obamacare should be repealed RIGHT NOW

Second, allow to purchase insurance for everybody across state lines

Third, stop greedy lawyers who sue for everything and scare every single doctor in this country. Doctors are ordering multiple and unnecessary tests just to protect themselves from lawsuits. Malpractice insurance for OB/GYN specialist in NYC about $180,000.00 a year!

Forth, reform Medicare ASAP, before it completely collapsed


My prediction for the next 10-15 years, if we will stay with Obamacare, is very pessimistic:

1. Most of the specialists will stop seeing patients with any insurance, including Medicare, accepting only private payments.

2. Most of the primary care doctors will be forced out from private practices and will work only for big hospitals or government-sponsored clinics.

3. In about 15-20 years public will demand from government access to specialists and doctors generally, as it will be tremendous shortage of physicians.

In response, and it is the only way, government will employ all doctors (and all other medical professionals with license) to order to provide all medical need of population. If you, as a physician, disagree to work for them, you license will be suspended. Do not forget, that it is a State who granted Medical License for Physician


My advice for everybody: hope for the best in 2012 elections, but prepare for the worst as your American dream could be a nightmare of socialism

Brooklyn GOP Vice-Chair David Storobin: The banks did not bailed themselves out. Politicians did.
By Ilya Galak, Ph.D.

Mr. Storobin, why are you a Republican?

Because I believe in small, efficient government. The government should provide the necessary services without “overcharging” taxpayers. We all need government services such as roads, police, schools and when we are older, Social Security. These services need to be protected, but they can’t truly be protected if we waste money on useless programs and fraud. We also can’t allow the economy to grow if we tax businesspeople until it is no longer profitable for them to invest.

Why did you decide to run for the position of a vice- chairman of Brooklyn Republican Party?
In 2009, Brooklyn Republican Party Chairman Craig Eaton was looking to build a team of young professionals. He reached out to me and to other Republicans and asked us to participate. It is obviously a great honor, but that is particularly so at this point in history. The Republican party in Brooklyn took tremendous leaps forward since 2007 when Craig Eaton took over. We now have a full time office, excellent leaders, active volunteers, a great Young Republicans operation.
In the last 12 months, two Congressional seats that are partly in Brooklyn were won by Republicans Michael Grimm and Bob Turner. Mr. Turner actually lost the Queens part of his district, but because he won the Brooklyn side by a margin of 2 to 1, he’s now a Congressman.
We also saw Nicole Malliotakis win an Assembly seat that is partly in Brooklyn. With her victory, Democrats no longer have a super-majority in the Assembly, so it was a very important win. We also expect that in 2012 we will win the State Senate seat currently held by Carl Kruger, who has been indicted in Federal court on criminal charges.

David Storobin

Speaking of replacing Carl Kruger, several news sources reported that you may be the Republican candidate. There is even an active “Draft Storobin for Senate” campaign with hundreds of people signing in support of your candidacy.

I am honored and humbled that Republican and community activists are asking me to run for public office. I’ve been asked to run before, but always rejected it, preferring to help recruit other candidates. But if a corrupt politician like Carl Kruger runs for re-election or if a leftist radical like Lew Fidler, who is rumored as the Democratic candidate, runs for this seat, then we will definitely need a strong candidate. I will have to consider whether I am the strongest candidate because we really can’t afford to be represented by an indicted defendant like Kruger, nor by an extremist like Lew Fidler who voted for every possible tax hike, who not only supported Gay Marriage but was the leader among City Councilmen who supported it, and who otherwise completely does not fit in with this moderate-to-conservative district. If the Democrats pick someone as liberal as Fidler as their candidate, it will be nothing short of an insult to our community.

David Storobin. AJC Global Forum 2011

Craig Eaton was just re-elected as the Republican Party Chairman in Brooklyn. Can you please tell few words about him?

Craig is easily the best Chairman the Republican party has had in a long time, probably in my lifetime. I am not just saying it because he’s my friend. If you look at the facts, it’s not something that any reasonable person can deny. We were not in good shape when he took over and things have radically changed. It’s not just because of the anti-Obama bounce. Even in 2008 and 2009 when Barack Obama was very popular, the GOP was growing in Brooklyn. We have more money, we actively help campaigns with volunteers and fundraising, we have vibrant and diverse leadership, we have an office and a radio show run by Gene Berardelli, we have observers at polling stations on election days. Quite simply: we now matter. All of that is due to the efforts of Craig Eaton. None of that was happening before him.
I honestly can’t imagine that Bob Turner would have won his Congressional race without Craig. First, it was Craig who took the lead in trying to draft Mr. Turner. He took him for an interview on national television as soon as the Anthony Weiner scandal broke. Then he insisted that Brooklyn and Queens unite around the Turner candidacy and not others. And when it was time to campaign, Craig regularly organized dozens of volunteers to come out for Turner. Without a Chairman like Craig Eaton, it would be impossible for a Republican congressional candidate to win over 66% of the vote in the Brooklyn side of this congressional district. After all, Republicans are still outnumbered 3:1 by Democrats in these areas.

Left to right: David Storobin, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, Chairman the BrooklynRepublican party Craig Eaton

What do you think about the political activity of Russian Community in Brooklyn?

I think a lot more people need to get involved. Many people have an aversion to politics from their Soviet days. But this is America, this is different. Three out of four main officers in the Brooklyn Young Republicans are Russian, and I’m proud to say that I recruited all of them. But we need much more. We need to get businesspeople involved. We need journalists. We need professionals. We need more college students. But it’s not merely that the Republican party needs these people – the Russian community needs the Republican party also. The Russian community needs to ask itself, “why does every other community participate in politics?” There must be a reason businesspeople, professionals and college students of all other backgrounds participate.
We are glad to see more Russian-Americans vote, not just because they mostly vote Republican, but also because we believe every community should participate. Without the Russian vote, both Michael Grimm and Bob Turner would have lost their elections. Russian-Americans are key to the Republican renaissance in southern Brooklyn. And this community would be well-served by getting engaged. We welcome everyone, regardless of their ethnic background, to come join us every Wednesday at 8 pm in the Brooklyn Republican Party Headquarters located at 7620 17 avenue. Just come over. Everyone who shows up is our friend as soon as they introduce themselves, so don’t worry if you don’t know anyone yet.

Congressman Bob Turner

What is something most Republicans in Brooklyn don’t know about David Storobin?

We meet at least once a week, on Wednesday nights, and usually more often than that. The leaders of the Republican party have seen me in every possible situation so I am not sure what they don’t know. I doubt there’s anything.

Mr. Storobin, we are both from the former Soviet Union. We know what the “war with the rich people” is. In Russia we had it in 1917. Result is poverty, GULAG, KGB. What do we have to do in order to stop this war?

You came here as an adult and I came here as a child, but we both have very striking memories of the dysfunctional Soviet system. Even as a child, you couldn’t help by pay attention to the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1980s. There was a shortage of everything: food, clothes, you name it. I’d walk into my classroom and most students had nothing to write on because all the stores were out of notebooks and it was dark because there wasn’t a single light bulb for sale in a city of half a million residents. Then the government began legalizing private business and like magic things would suddenly appear in private stores.

In Eastern Europe, nobody wants to fight the rich anymore. In the 1980s, someone commented that in a normal country, the government fights to make sure that nobody is poor, but in the Soviet Union, they fight to make sure nobody is rich. East Europeans are done fighting the rich. The goal should be growing the economy. Everyone should have more.
Leftist extremists say that business owners, if left unchecked, will take advantage of everyone with high prices and low quality. But that’s false. Imagine you were opening a business today. What would your first question be? It’s obviously, “why would someone buy from me?” The only answer to that is that you are able to provide something of better quality and/or lower price than your competition. This is why American products made by private enterprise were always superior to Soviet products made by the government.

This is why I am opposed to “crony capitalism” where the government bails out failed corporations. I repeatedly stated on TV and other media that I am opposed to the bailouts when they were being proposed. If a business fails, it should disappear and another business will succeed in its place. The government should not be in the business of giving welfare to corporations. But we should remember that corporations did not give themselves these bailouts. Politicians on both sides, Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Barack Obama, as well as others in Congress, were the ones who decided to give welfare to corporations.

I am an American first and a Republican second. If Republican politicians are wrong, we should not be afraid to condemn them. And those Republicans who voted in favor of bailouts were wrong! But it was even more wrong for Barack Obama to come back with more and more of these bailouts, under all sorts of different names. In the end, Obama’s “bailouts” and “jobs bills” turned out to be mislabeled old-fashioned leftist wish-lists. Obama used the crisis to promote the far-left agenda, under the false guise of trying to save corporations and create jobs.

Some people believe that people born poor no longer can move up in the United States and those who are successful are just privileged. That’s why they should pay more. What do you think?

The radicals want to vilify business owners and other successful people. “People make too much, it’s not fair!” Well, I’m a business owner. I was raised by a single mother working for $5-$6 an hour from the time we came to the US when I was a child and until I was already in law school. We didn’t have electricity our first two or three months in New York. I only had used clothes from flea markets until I was a junior in college. When I was 25, I started my business by maxing out my credit cards because nobody else would give me any other type of loan. But now that I have multiple people working for me, I have to hear from radicals how I’m a bad, overly-advantaged person. Really? Was I really that privileged?

Mr. Storobin, as you well know, many Russians in Brooklyn and on Staten Island aligning with Republicans. How do you explain that?

Because people who experienced the War Against The Rich know what it leads to. Additionally, most Russian immigrants are Jewish and very Zionist. They are deeply troubled by the policies towards Israel by Barack Obama and other liberals. Even Bill Clinton, a moderate Democrat, attacked Russian Jews for being too Zionist in one of his articles last year. In all the polls, Republicans are twice as likely to say they support Israel as Democrats. In fact, surveys show that non-Jewish conservatives are more likely to say they support Israel than liberal Jews. Over the last couple of decades, support for Israel has more and more become a right-wing issue.

Republican presidential candidates. Your thoughts?

I think it’s a very talented field. Mitt Romney is a successful governor and businessman. Rick Perry created more jobs than any other governor during his term. And Herman Cain is not just a very success entrepreneur, but also seems like a great all-around person. It’s great to have candidates who actually have a record of success before running for office, and not just running on empty slogans about hope. The truth is that hope comes from having leadership that knows what it takes for a business to succeed, expand and hire more people.

Richmond County Republican Commettee. September 26, 2011

Photo Ilya Galak

Robert Scamardella, the chairman of Staten Island Republican Party

September 26, 2011 . The Staten Island Republican Party convention. With 612 county committee members voicing their  support, Staten Island attorney Robert Scamardella was elected chairman of the borough GOP.

Selected to serve as executive committee members with Robert Scamardella were Frank Aversa, male first vice chairman; Lisa Giovinazzo, female first vice chair; John Shall, treasurer; Fran Gervasi, secretary; Lillian Lagazzo, female second vice chair; Dr. John Reilly, male second vice chair; Robert Helbock, law chair; Philip Rampulla, finance chair; Chris Hellstrom, campaign coordinator, and Tea Party co-organizer Frank Santarpia, assistant treasurer.



Few minutes before...

David Mercaldo, Vincent Ignizio and Linda Mercaldo

Guy Molinari nominated Robert Scamardella for leader

Mary Reilly

"We know what leadership is. We know we have it here' - Michael Grimm

The new leader...

"Democrats cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the rich out of prosperity" - Robert Scamardella

What are they talking about?

Judge Joseph Maltese, who is running for state Supreme Court

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and District Attorney Dan Donovan

The leaders

The leaders

Selected to serve as executive committee members with Robert Scamardella were Frank Aversa, male first vice chairman; Lisa Giovinazzo, female first vice chair;

An interview

The brothers: Michael Grimm and Aaron Cedar

The best friends

Guy Molinari and the famous artist Scott LoBaido

The SI Tea Party leaders Lorraine McKeon Scanni and Frank Santarpia

The Russians are coming

“Iit was the most crowded county convention that he'd seen in more than 30 years” – Guy Molinari

Never forget, never forgotten


I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.
Leo Buscaglia

Emma Dukhovny - Russian New York Women's Club

“Ten years have passed since a perfect blue sky morning turned into the blackest of nights. Since then we’ve lived in sunshine and in shadow, and although we can never unsee what happened here, we can also see that children who lost their parents have grown into young adults, grandchildren have been born and good works and public service have taken root to honor those we loved and lost.” — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking at the memorial service in New York.

Michael Dukhovny - United National Realty, SI

“I haven’t stopped missing my dad. He was awesome … I wish my dad had been there to teach me how to drive, ask a girl out on a date and see me graduate from high school and a hundred other things I can’t even begin to name … I hope that I can make my father proud of the young men that my brother and I have become.” — Peter Negron, whose father, Pete, died in the World Trade Center, speaking at the memorial service in New York.

No words

“God bless every soul that we lost. God bless the families who have to endure that loss, and God guide us to our reunion in heaven, and God bless the United States of America.” — former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, speaking at the memorial service in New York.

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Our enemies have made the mistake that America’s enemies always make. They saw liberty and thought they saw weakness. And now, they see defeat.
– George W. Bush, President of the United States

District Authorney Dan Donovan

“Now, we have inscribed a new memory alongside those others. It’s a memory of tragedy and shock, of loss and mourning. But not only of loss and mourning. It’s also a memory of bravery and self-sacrifice, and the love that lays down its life for a friend–even a friend whose name it never knew. “ – President George W. Bush, December 11, 2001

Chairman of Staten Island Republican Party Robert Scamardella

“Are you guys ready? Let’s roll!” — Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer, apparently as a signal to other passengers to attack the hijackers, Sept. 11.

The minute of silence

“Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward and freedom will be defended.” — President Bush, Sept. 11.

Alex Goldin, Esq.

“The number of casualties will be more than most of us can bear.” — Then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Sept. 11.

First responder the famous Andy Sullivan

“Commending the victims to almighty God’s mercy, I implore his strength upon all involved in rescue efforts and in caring for the survivors.” — Pope John Paul II, Sept. 11.

The guests

The guests

The guests

The guests

The guests

“It is impossible to fully comprehend the evil that would have conjured up such a cowardly and depraved assault upon thousands of innocent people.” — Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, Sept. 11.

Andy Sullivan with his family


CEO of the radio 87.7 am Anna Pekkerman

Imagine, a September 11 with weapons of mass destruction. It’s not 3,000. It’s tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children.
– September 11 Quote by Donald Rumsfeld

The guests

American Airlines flight 11 a Boeing 767 on a morning Boston to Los Angeles flight  (north tower
of World Trade Center).  The plane was hijacked soon after take-off at 8:02 EDT, and was crashed into the north side of the  northern tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 AM EDT, approximately between floors 96 and 103.  92 people: 81 passengers (including 5 hijackers, 9 flight attendants, 2 pilots, and also including David Angell,  creator and executive producer of the television. show “Frasier” were killed.

The technical support :-) great work, guys!

United Airlines flight 175 a Boeing 767 on a morning Boston to Los Angeles route. On September 11, 2001,   the plane was hijacked and on or about 9:03 AM EDT crashed into the south side of the southern tower of the World Trade Center, approximately between floors 87 and 93, exploding on impact. The plane was carrying 56 passengers and 9 crew members. There were no survivors. 

Rabbi Eli Kogan

The Pentagon reported 125 staffers killed or missing, including the highest ranking officer to die,  Lt. General Timothy Maude and Max Bielke, who the last official U.S. combat soldier to leave Vietnam. With 118 remains recovered and identified, as of  Sep 2002. One person died later as a result of wounds sustained.

American Airlines Flight 77  64 passengers and Crew died. Among the victims was  Barbara K. Olson, a conservative author, lawyer and wife of U.S. Solicitor General, Theodore Olson, as well as two Washington, D.C.  “National Geographic Magazine” staff members, three teachers and three children who were traveling to California on a National Geographic Society sponsored trip.

Yana Loskot reading her poem

United Airlines flight 93 was a Boeing 757 on a morning Newark-to-San Francisco route. On 11 Sep 2001 the plane was hijacked by a four man hijacking team. Evidence suggests that the hijacking was apparently thwarted by the efforts of the plane’s passengers and flight attendants. The plane crashed southeast of Pittsburgh in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The plan  was carrying 37 passengers and 7 crew members. There were no survivors.  Todd Beamer, a passenger, tried to place a credit card call but was routed to a customer service representative instead, who passed him on to supervisor Lisa Jefferson. She called the FBI. Beamer reported that one passenger was dead.  He asked if together they could pray the Lord’s prayer, which they did.  Later, he told the operator that some of the plane’s passengers were planning “to jump” the hijackers. The last words Ms. Jefferson heard from the plane were “Are you ready guys? Let’s roll.”  The plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03 AM, killing all aboard.  It is believed that this aircraft was intended to be crashed into the United States Capitol building in Washington, DC, Congress was in session at the time.

Rabbi Shlomo Uzhansky with his kids

An earlier terrorist bombing of the towers killed six people on 26 Feb 1993, but left the twin towers standing.
The great majority of the over 40,000 people working at the World Trade Center complex at the time of the attack were evacuated safely, including 18 who escaped from above the impactzone in the second tower.
By 20 Sep 2001,  6,291 people, including rescue and recovery workers, had been treated for injuries; only
five persons were found alive in the rubble (David Lim, Will Jimeno and John MacLaughlin of the Port Authority Police, Armando Reno of the FDNY, and Port Authority Clerk Genelle Guzman).  By 7 Sept. 2002, there
were 2,792 confirmed fatalities and 1,058 bodies identified.  This total includes the 127 people on the  two aircraft (not including the 10 hijackers).  The  dead included  343 fire fighters of the FDNY including Chaplain Father Mike Judge; and FDNY Chief Peter Ganci; 23 officers of the NYPD; 11 Emergency Service medics (EMS); 1 FBI Agent and 1 Agent of the U.S. Secret Service; 37 Port Authority of  New York and New Jersey police officers including Port Authority Superintendent of Police and Director of Public Safety Fred Morrone and Port Authority canine officer “Sirius.”  Bill Biggart, a photojournalist, also perished in the collapse of the towers. He was the only journalist killed.

Pastor Ray Parascando - Crossroads Church, SI

The end of the ceremony

 For the 2,973 people who perished September 11, 2001 after hijacked planes crashed
in New York City in Arlington, Virginia and in Pennsylvania. The victims were mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers of many faiths and races who came from more than 80 nations.
 All who were killed died working and living the American dream.

Never forget

Island metro Productions & Staten Island Jewish Community Center host the Staten Island Premier of 9/11: Reflections Then and Now.
The Speaker of Honor is Congressman Michael Grimm, who is featured in the film as an FBI First Responder on Sept. 11, 2001.
Produced by Island Metro Productions, the parent company of Project Shining City, the film is Directed by Jeff Bruzzo & Bill Miller
9/11: Reflections Then and Now’ gets sole Staten Island showing

By Kiawana Rich

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Jeff Bruzzo is of the fourth kind. He didn’t lose any family members, he was not a first responder and not a survivor of 9/11. But as a math teacher at PS 95 in Brooklyn, he was one of the witnesses to the attacks, with a clear view of the Twin Towers from his classroom window.

“It was seared into my memory for the rest of my life,” said the Lynbrook, L.I., resident.

The memory and its effects so moved him that Bruzzo poured his efforts into “9/11: Reflections Then and Now,” a documentary aimed at providing healing and hope.

More than 150 people turned out for the only Staten Island showing of the film last night at the Joan and Alan Bernikow JCC, Sea View. The film chronicles the lives of several individuals connected to the attack either as survivors, responders or folks whose friends and loved ones were killed.

Among the Staten Island-based stories highlighted in the film are that of Rep. Michael Grimm, then an FBI first responder; survivor Pamela Taitt, and Tom Gullickson, whose brother, Lt. Joseph Gullickson of Ladder Co. 101, died on 9/11.

The documentary shows harrowing and haunting images of Ground Zero, coupled with interviews with everyone from first responders to politicians to everyday folk who lost loved ones but ultimately found healing and hope.

“I am hoping people realize how far we have come,” said Mrs. Taitt, a Stapleton resident. “Certainly we should never forget, but … we do have to move on and reflect while still remembering.”

Mrs. Taitt, 55, has worked hard at that. Her riveting story is the opening interview of the film. Sitting with her husband, William, she tells how she managed to escape from Tower 2 that morning. A silver bracelet on her wrist is engraved with the 103 names of her co-workers from Fiduciary Trust who did not.

She said she has worked hard to deal with her survivor’s guilt, which also encompasses the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

“They hit us as hard as you can hit,” said Grimm, also one of the evening’s speakers. “But as a nation we continue to recover and grow — but we will never forget who we are and what we stand for.”

JCC Executive Director David Sorkin said he was honored to showcase the film.

Donna Fagan of Grasmere said the film would educate her daughter, Emily, now 10: “She can know what happened and about all the people we lost.”

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Producer jeff Bruzzo

Co - producer Bill Miller

Pam and Bill Taitt

Left to right: Jeff Bruzzo, Pam Taitt, Bill Miller

The People

Congressman Michael Grimm

Watching movie

Left to right: Bill Miller, Michael Grimm, Jeff Bruzzo

Warm conversation with viewers

Bill MIller signs his book

Bill Taitt and Andy Sullivan

Andy Sullivan (left) and Frank Santarpia

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and obscure fault-line, apparently known as “Bush’s Fault”.
The President also announced that Joe Biden, Chuck Schumer and Maxine Waters are spearheading an investigation of the quake’s suspicious ties to the Tea Party.
Conservatives, however, have already concluded that the quake was caused by the founding fathers rolling over in their graves.

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Dan Donovan after the meeting with irene

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