Vandal caught on video smashing Lamborghini that was keepsake of Staten Island 9/11 victim

Zak Koeske Staten Island Advance

To see a video of this incident, please click here. The video shown was edited together from footage taken by three surveillance cameras and shows the incident in its entirety.An overnight attack on a black 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo left the car’s driver side damaged and its owner distraught. (Courtesy of Annmarie Mottola) 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A trio of vandals descended on a 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo in Great Kills Saturday whose owner keeps it as a reminder of his late father, a 9/11 victim.

The car that was damaged (Photo courtesy of Annmarie Mottola)

The car that was damaged (Photo courtesy of Annmarie Mottola)

One of the hoodlums, who appear to be in their teens or early 20s, smashed the black luxury sports car with a bat while another filmed and a third stood lookout.

The late-night strike, which appeared to be premeditated, lasted only 10 seconds, but left the car’s driver’s side mirror dangling by a thread and its driver’s side door scratched and dented.

“He went at it,” said Annmarie Mottola, whose boyfriend, Brandon Millman, owns the Lamborghini that was defaced. “I thought it was a gunshot or something going off. It was so loud.” Read More »

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver used September 11 to justify steering $500G to doctor: letter

Greg B. Smith New York Daily News

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver used the September 11 attacks to justify steering $500,000 in taxpayer dollars to a Columbia University doctor who was secretly helping him pocket millions in bogus “referral fees,” according to a letter obtained by the Daily News.

In the letter dated July 5, 2005, Silver promised the public money would go toward vital research on residents and workers at the site of the World Trade Center terror attacks who may have been exposed to asbestos when the buildings collapsed.

Last week, Silver was charged with reaping nearly $4 million in bribes and kickbacks through two schemes carried out over the last 15 years.

At the crux of the case against him is a secret arrangement Silver made with Dr. Robert Taub, a Yale-educated oncologist researching a cure for asbestos-related cancer at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center in Upper Manhattan. Read More »

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Death of Woodie, WTC K9

More on Woodie here.

Ohio Task Force 1 has announced that Woodie, a Golden retriever who served at the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 died on earlier today, January 24, 2015. Woodie was more than 15 years old and was one of the last remaining K9s from the site.

Terry Trepanier and Woodie in 2002. Photo ourtesy of Debbie Lakins

Terry Trepanier and Woodie in 2002. Photo ourtesy of Debbie Lakins

Woodie and his partner Terry Trepanier served at the site from September 11 to 17, 2001.

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