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  • #76
    My deepest condolences to the Criscitiello family and the Montclair Fire Department for their loss.

    Sleep with angels, Joey.
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
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    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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    • #77
      November 16, 2007 -- The city has identified a second September 11, 2001 victim from human remains found in the past year buried underneath a service road at the World Trade Center site, officials said Friday. More than 400 human bone pieces have been recovered from beneath the service road that carried cleanup and construction trucks in and out of the site after the 2001 terrorist attacks. The search at the spot began in October 2006 when utility workers found over 80 bones in a manhole in the service road, and it has since spread to other manholes, underneath a highway and onto nearby rooftops. The city identified the first victim from remains found in the road in July, along with a victim identified from remains found in an abandoned, contaminated skyscraper across from ground zero. The family had not authorized the release of the name of the latest victim, the city medical examiner's office said. More than 1,800 of the 21,000 body parts recovered from ground zero have been found in the last two years in and around the trade center site. Still, more than 40 percent of the 2,749 people killed at the site have not been identified, because the bones recovered were too degraded and damaged by heat and time. The city has been using updated technology to try and re-extract DNA to make new identifications.
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      • #78
        Thanks for the update, Ray.

        Never Forget.

        September 11th - Never Forget

        I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

        Sheri
        IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
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        • #79
          December 16, 2007 -- City officials completed the excavation of the World Trade Center area this week, recovering 1,772 human remains, but vowed to continue searching as they rebuild the site. "At no point in the near future would it be prudent to declare this search 'over,'" Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler, who is overseeing the effort, wrote to Mayor Bloomberg Tuesday. But the city will close its year-old recovery facility on Water St. in Brooklyn and replace it with a mobile unit that will be deployed to the site when something suspect is seen. "I don't have faith that they're doing this search in a thorough way," said Diane Horning, whose son Matthew was killed in the Sept. 11 attacks. "In anthropological searches, they use toothbrushes and paintbrushes to find remains, not bulldozers." The roving unit will include two tractor-trailers for sifting remains, a flatbed and a smaller trailer, Skyler said. The medical examiner's office will keep workers at the site to flag any remains found during rebuilding efforts. The city widened its search of Ground Zero and surrounding streets in October 2006 after 80 bones were uncovered in a buried Con Edison manhole. The remains, often small bone fragments, were found at 130 Liberty St., 55 Church St., 130 Cedar St., Fiterman Hall and other places. The medical examiner's office, which finished its search Monday, also has unearthed 602 remains in the Haul Road area. Just yesterday, the office announced that another victim had been identified by remains found at Haul Road, but a name was not released. Of the 2,750 who died during the Trade Center attacks, there are 1,133 people whose remains still haven't been identified.

          The search cost $38 million, $8 million more than the city had budgeted.



          Lawmakers and firefighters rallied near Ground Zero Saturday to push for treatment centers for World Trade Center responders who live outside of New York - a program that is in jeopardy. The feds called off the search last week for a contractor to process medical reimbursements for those responders, a key step in establishing clinics around the country for workers who fell ill after toiling at the toxic site. Officials said it was canceled because bidders were confused by program requirements and because cost estimates had ballooned. But local lawmakers fear the move shows a lack of commitment by the White House. "The feds are still being dragged to the table to help out 9/11 responders. I think they should be leading the way instead of stepping in the way," said Rep. Vito Fossella (R-S.I./Brooklyn). Fossella was joined by fellow Congress members Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) and Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan) and by the firefighters union in urging the Department of Health and Human Services to reverse its decision. "It smells badly that it is being canceled because of conflicting reasons," said Fossella, adding the HHS had once called the program essential to help ailing 9/11 responders.
          Last edited by E40FDNYL35; 12-16-2007, 06:59 AM.
          ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
          NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
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          LT. John Ginley Engine 40
          FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
          FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
          FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
          FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
          FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
          FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
          FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
          FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
          FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

          Charleston 9
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          • #80
            Freedom Tower cornerstone is rocked by betrayal

            July 4th, 2008 -- This Fourth of July, 20 tons of beautifully polished national disgrace will be sitting in the work lot of a Long Island stone company.

            "TO HONOR AND REMEMBER THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, AND AS A TRIBUTE TO THE ENDURING SPIRIT OF FREEDOM. - JULY FOURTH 2004," the inscription reads.

            The second date marks the day this block of granite was laid with great ceremony as the cornerstone of the new Freedom Tower at Ground Zero.

            "Today, we, the heirs of that revolutionary spirit of defiance, lay this cornerstone and unmistakably signal to the world the unwavering strength of this nation and our resolve to fight for freedom," then-Gov. George Pataki solemnly declared that day. "Today, we build the Freedom Tower."
            What ensued was senseless squabbling, near-criminal incompetence and bald-faced lies, all of which constituted a betrayal of the murdered innocents the stone purported to honor. After two years, the stone was deemed to be in the way of the changing plans for the site. Early on the morning of June 23, 2006, it was loaded onto a flatbed truck, reveiled with a tarp and driven 45 miles back to Innovative Stone in Hauppauge, L.I. The company had donated the garnet-flecked stone and done the polishing and inscribing free, another example of the spirit of true goodness that filled so many Americans in the aftermath of the monstrous attack. No doubt more than one suburban homeowner who came to Innovative Stone for a counter for a kitchen or a bathroom was surprised to behold the inscribed cornerstone sitting in a corner of the company's work lot. Many of the scoundrels who betrayed the murdered innocents are gone, but the stone still sits at Innovative. And the new people in charge of Ground Zero do not seem entirely sure when we really will build the Freedom Tower. When we truly are ready to commence construction, we should contract the good people at Innovative to build a new, equally exquisite stone. However beautiful the original stone may be, it has been dishonored by the shameless grandstanding by Pataki and his ilk.
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            • #81
              July 6, 2008-- The Port Authority has spent $150 million on plans for the new World Trade Center transit hub - and last week's decision to scrap the retractable roof could add another $30 million to the price tag, The Post has learned.

              The pricey plan is "one of the worst abuses" in the botched redevelopment of Ground Zero, and Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava's proposal for moveable "wings" overhead was the biggest boondoggle in the blueprints, a former government official with knowledge of the situation told The Post.

              "It was an absurd idea from the start," said the source, who estimated that re-engineering the roof could add $30 million to the plan's price tag.

              Calatrava's flight of fancy took off after he flattered officials by treating them as his artistic "patrons" - going so far as to present signed charcoal sketches to then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and then-PA Executive Director Anthony Shorris, the former official said.

              The architect's original plan would have let the mechanical wings open up over the glass-and-steel station on nice days, and also on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

              But last week, PA Executive Director Christopher Ward announced that the roof would be redesigned to replace the wings with removable panels, as part of a package of cost-cutting measures to bring the station's price tag down to $2.5 billion.

              The new transit hub was initially budgeted at $2.2 billion, but estimates have since soared to $3.4 billion. The massive station will serve riders on the New Jersey PATH system and the subway's 1, 9, A, N and R lines and potentially provide a rail link to JFK Airport. Ward's clipping of the station's wings came a day after he revealed that nearly every project in the $16 billion Ground Zero rebuilding effort was behind schedule and over budget.

              Calatrava did not respond to a request for comment but last week issued a statement saying his firm was "continuing to work collaboratively to find potential changes that will save time and money while preserving the integrity of the original design."

              A PA spokesman said reconfiguring the roof wouldn't add more than $3 million to the design bill and will save at least $50 million in construction costs.

              The change will also allow for tens of millions in construction savings in other parts of the station, spokesman Marc LaVorgna said.

              Earlier this year, the PA paid developer Larry Silverstein $14.4 million in late fees for missing a Jan. 1 deadline to excavate the foundations for Towers 3 and 4, which were finished 48 days late. And on Tuesday, it began paying Silverstein another $300,000 a day for blowing the deadline to finish the foundation for Tower 2.

              The PA says that work won't be done until August, which means total fees of between $9 million and $19 million.
              ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
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              FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
              FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
              FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
              FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
              FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
              FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
              FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
              FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
              FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

              Charleston 9
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              • #82
                The Seven Blunders Of Ground Zero

                July 6, 2008 -- Problems? They have a few. Here are seven factors that led the Port Authority last week to scrap its timetable for rebuilding Ground Zero - and that may explain why, by 2011, a decade after 9/11, the site could still be a hole in the ground:

                1 The design competition: The Lower Manhattan Development Corp.'s first World Trade Center design competition, with six plans culled from thousands of submissions, was a failure, forcing it to start the process all over again. Not until Feb. 26, 2003, did the agency finally select Daniel Libeskind's plan. The delays in picking a plan added as much as a year to getting the project started.

                2 Unrealistic architecture: The Freedom Tower, rising to 1,776 feet, turned out to be one of the most vexing architectural elements of the plan, with more than two years elapsing between its initial design and a final plan. Designed by Libeskind, and later a collaboration with architect David Childs, the tower - with its off-center spire, rooftop gardens and wind turbines - proved too difficult to build. By June 2005, prompted by NYPD concerns over security, the entire design was replaced. Despite the laying of a cornerstone on July 4, 2004, construction of the tower didn't begin until April 2006. Its completion date was last set at 2012.

                3 Bickering over the memorial: Once the decision was made on how much space at the WTC would be devoted to a memorial, and following an intense design competition won by architect Michael Arad, costs for the project skyrocketed to $1 billion. Outraged by the cost overruns, Mayor Bloomberg intervened, and a massive overhaul of the memorial was ordered by Gov. George Pataki to slash the cost to about $510 million.

                4 The Silverstein vs. Bloomberg feud: In early 2006, with barely any progress made, open warfare erupted between Ground Zero developer Larry Silverstein and Mayor Bloomberg, who accused Silverstein of being unable to complete the rebuilding. The feud led to bitter and protracted negotiations, which ultimately shifted principal control of the project back to the WTC's owner, the PA. Silverstein agreed to retain control of three office towers, while sharing some of his insurance proceeds with the PA.

                5 A flawed hub: Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the wing-like train station ran into serious trouble last year when the PA announced that the project could exceed its $2.2 billion estimate by more than $1 billion. Engineers have been working to cut costs, but the delays have affected almost all the other WTC projects.

                6 Insurance settlements: Despite court decisions ordering them to pay $4.6 billion to Silverstein, who was the leaseholder on the site, the major insurance carriers dragged their feet for years. Not until May 2007, following pressure from Gov. Eliot Spitzer, did the insurers finally pay up.

                7 Unfinished search for bodies: After the WTC-site cleanup was declared complete in May 2002, construction crews began turning up large quantities of human remains as rebuilding work began in earnest in 2006. The discovery of remains so long after the cleanup was done slowed rebuilding for months.
                Last edited by E40FDNYL35; 07-06-2008, 06:36 PM.
                ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
                343
                CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                Charleston 9
                "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
                *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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                • #83
                  What a sad state of affairs.
                  September 11th - Never Forget

                  I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

                  Sheri
                  IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
                  Honorary Flatlander

                  RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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                  • #84
                    Who can set this right?

                    Or is this such a bureaucratic boondoggle that it will take decades to get it "right"?

                    Thanks for the information.
                    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

                    "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."

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                    • #85
                      That's awful. It's sad that they can't organise themselves better than that. Quite rightly they want to get it right (at least we hope they do!)
                      Here we are two months shy of the seventh anniversary and the world trade centre is still a world famous building site. I hope they complete it in my lifetime. Maybe I didn't need to comment on this thread. It's not really my place to say anything.
                      It's not the destination, but the journey that matters.

                      Stay safe

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                      • #86
                        The name of a doctor last seen near the Twin Towers a day before the 2001 terror attacks is now on the list of World Trade Center victims, the city's medical examiner office said Thursday. The death certificate showing Dr. Sneha Anne Philip, 31, of Battery Park City, died in the 2001 terror attacks was issued by the examiner's office, said Ellen Borokove, a spokeswoman for the agency. Thursday capped a years-long struggle by Philip's husband and family to have her recognized as a Ground Zero victim. Philip's body was never found, and no clear-cut evidence links her to Ground Zero. With Sneha Anne Philip, the number of victims is now 2,751.

                        My she finally Rest in Peace.
                        ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                        NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
                        343
                        CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                        LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                        FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                        FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                        FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                        FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                        FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                        FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                        FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                        FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                        FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                        Charleston 9
                        "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
                        *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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                        • #87
                          Man, what a mess.

                          Can someone step in and take control like a non-related 3rd party that has no emotional connection to the site? It's obvious the mayor and governor (Ding & Dong) can't get things right.
                          Jason Knecht
                          Firefighter/EMT
                          Township Fire Dept., Inc.
                          Eau Claire, WI

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                          • #88
                            Saturday, July 19th 2008 -- The families of September 11, 2001 victims will be allowed to return to Ground Zero this year, the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks, to mourn their loved ones, Port Authority officials said Friday. The decision was a relief for family members who had been told last year they could not go back to the site while rebuilding continued. Many tearfully touched the ground at the base of the destroyed World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2007, believing it would be their last chance for years to visit the ground where their loved ones died.
                            ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                            NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
                            343
                            CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                            LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                            FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                            FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                            FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                            FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                            FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                            FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                            FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                            FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                            FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                            Charleston 9
                            "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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                            • #89
                              July 19, 2008 --The “Survivors' Staircase” was placed back at the World Trade Center site Saturday. Crews used a crane to lower the structure into its permanent home, outside the future memorial museum. The staircase, which once connected the plaza outside the Twin Towers to the street below, became the primary escape route for many survivors on 9/11. In March, the structure was temporarily moved to street level to make way for construction.
                              ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                              NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
                              343
                              CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                              LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                              FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                              FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                              FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                              FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                              FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                              FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                              FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                              FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                              FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                              Charleston 9
                              "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
                              *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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                              • #90
                                So Ray.....I'm confused.

                                How can then NOT let families visit the site?

                                Would they be arrested or removed? How they hell can they enforce that???
                                Jason Knecht
                                Firefighter/EMT
                                Township Fire Dept., Inc.
                                Eau Claire, WI

                                IACOJ - Director of Cheese and Whine
                                http://www.cheddarvision.tv/
                                EAT CHEESE OR DIE!!

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