By Michelle Deal Winfield
On Friday, September 30, a celebration was held to honor Jane Schreibman, a professional photographer, who reported finding a bombing device on September 17 in Chelsea. The event was held at the Fashion Institute of Technology and coordinated by Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer.
At the event, Brewer presented a Proclamation from the City of New York naming Friday, September 30th “Jane Schreibman Appreciation Day” in the borough of Manhattan. Jane had found a pressure cooker with a cell phone attached in a plastic bag, a secondary bombing device, on 27th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. The proclamation was unusual because it contained multiple gold seals and multiple signatures of elected officials. Brewer read from the Proclamation, the “rigged device was ready to explode.” And called Schreibman her “Shero.”
In accepting the proclamation along with a bouquet of flowers, Schreibman said, “After calling 911, I initially apologized to the dispatcher not knowing whether the device was real or not. The dispatcher taking the report reassured me she would have the NYPD look into it.”
Then Schreibman ended with, “If you see something, say something,” to which she received a standing ovation.
Taking turns praising Schreibman at the podium were numerous elected officials including Public Advocate Letitia James, Comptroller Scott Stringer, State Senator Brad Hoylman, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and a representative for Council Member Corey Johnson. NYPD Chief Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney and Detective Dorrian, Community Affairs from the 13th Precinct, were also in attendance.