Focus on 9/11 illnesses at 18th memorial ceremony

Officers stand at attention during the memorial for the 18th anniversary of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in front of the 13th Precinct on East 21st Street on Wednesday morning. (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Speakers emphasized the ongoing effects of 9/11-related illnesses on members of law enforcement and first responders during the 13th precinct’s annual remembrance ceremony of the 2001 World Trade Center terror attacks this past Wednesday.

Gramercy Park Block Association President Arlene Harrison, who assisted the 13th precinct in the aftermath of 9/11 and for months following, noted that more than ten times the number of NYPD members have died from 9/11-related illnesses since 2001, compared to the 23 NYPD members who died on the day of the attacks.

“Eighteen years later, hundreds of first responders continue to die on a regular basis of 9/11 related illnesses. Here are the numbers of the second tragedy that continues each day,” she said. “There were 400 toxic chemicals at the site. The number of first responders and survivors enrolled for monitoring or treatment is nearly 100,000. All the families ever ask is that we never forget. We can continue to honor those who died that day by being the ones who remember. It’s the very least we owe to the victims and the families they left behind.”

Patrick Lynch, President of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, emphasized that many members of the NYPD have died from related illnesses and many others are currently suffering.

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Editorial: The masquerade party

By Former Assemblyman Steven Sanders

With Halloween just around the corner beware of persons dressing up and pretending to be serious candidates for President! What they are peddling as a treat is really a trick.

Every time something really dumb comes out of the mouth of Donald J. Trump I think that the voters in the Republican Party will have finally had enough of his bombast and childish remarks… but no. They seem to eat it up in some weird way. When the Donald led the effort to delegitimize President Obama, insinuating that he was not a natural born citizen, he was playing to his partisan crowd.

But when he proclaimed that Senator John McCain was no war hero for just being captured by the enemy, (and I might add tortured for five years), and then parlayed that remark by saying… “I like my war heroes who are not captured… ok,” I figured that he was doomed politically. Not so.

I was not surprised that when he condemned Mexicans and most other persons seeking refuge as criminals who undermine our society, he did not lose support. Nor when he said that he would hunt down and deport millions of illegal immigrants and build a two thousand mile wall around our southern border with a “beautiful big door.”

When he denied that the 14th amendment to the United States Constitution says what it says: that citizenship is conferred on all person born in the United States, I thought that was pretty ignorant but a bit too legally complicated to arouse much opposition from his Party faithful.

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Local events commemorating 9/11

Police officers hold a ceremony outside the 13th Precinct on September 11, 2012. Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police officers hold a ceremony outside the 13th Precinct on September 11, 2012.
Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel

On Wednesday, the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, there will be a few commemorative events taking place locally.

Thirteenth Precinct Remembrance Ceremony

In keeping with tradition, police officers at the 13th Precinct will hold a brief ceremony in front of the stationhouse at 8:30 a.m. The precinct lost two officers on 9/11, Moira Smith and Robert Fazio, after they responded to the World Trade Center. There will be a moment of silence for them at 8:45 a.m. The stationhouse is located at 230 East 21st Street between Second and Third Avenues.

Interactive Art Installation at 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y will be installing “Morning Sky,” a community art project by Illegal Art, on the sidewalk in front of the Y at 344 East 14th Street between First and Second Avenues. The project will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue until 110 6″ square canvases have been painted. Members, friends and passersby will be asked to paint the canvases with the color they believe to have been the sky on the morning of 9/11. Canvasses, paints and clothing cover will be provided.  The canvasses will be exhibited in the Y lobby gallery space for the month of October.

“9/11 Shifting Clouds Exhibition” at Bellevue Hospital

Bellevue Hospital Center will host an exhibition of artwork by people who lived, worked, went to school or participated in the cleanup in Lower Manhattan and now have health problems related to 9/11. The “9/11 Shifting Clouds” art exhibition will run from September 11-13 and September 16-18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bellevue Hospital, 462 First Avenue at 27th Street.