Thursday, September 8, 2011

NY lawmakers want cancer put on 9/11 fund list...

 ... Read more from article in today's Crain's.

... next year?  This should have been taken care of years ago -- it's already too late!

9/11 Health Watch: Zadroga Act Watchdog Ensuring 9/11 Bill Fulfills Promises

Click to read this article from the Huffington Post. This is a great organization that will help to make sure sick responders get the care they need, and especially to include coverage for cancer patients.  Why we actually need a watchdog organization to ensure this all happens is a sad reality.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

9/11 Responder Vito Friscia speaks his mind on Bin Laden's death

Vito was interviewed  about bin Laden's death in a local newspaper article, "Bin Laden's death 'bittersweet' for Valley Streamers".  
Here's an excerpt, please click on the link above to read more...
"It was great news," said the Valley Stream father of two about bin Laden's killing.  "I just can't believe they finally got him. ... 
There will never be true closure for Friscia, however. "It's just one piece of the puzzle that's taken care of," he said.  "There were a lot of other people involved." Still, he added, "It was a good moment for America."

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Italian Journalist, Author, Vatican Radio Editor Alessandro Gisotti Interviews Vito for Upcoming Book

Vito and I very much enjoyed meeting Alessandro Gisotti, Italian journalist, author and Vatican Radio editor.  Alessandro came to New York in February to interview Vito, myself, and others for his upcoming book, "9/11. An Enduring Story."  Gisotti's first book was published last year, God and Obama: Faith and Politics at the White House.

We met Alessandro downtown, not far from Ground Zero, at St. Peter's Church, and then went to a local coffee shop for an engaging conversation.  He had found out about my documentary, VITO AFTER, online and wanted to include a chapter about Vito in his book.  Alessandro was very interested in learning more about how Vito is coping in the aftermath of his 9/11 rescue and recovery work. 

Later, Alessandro and I met with Michael Arcari, executive director of Faithful Response, and one of their therapists, Janice Cilento. Faithful Response provides mental health services to New York metro area residents still struggling with mental health, emotional or family issues caused by 9/11 and related events, including the Global War on Terrorism.  

Arcari and Cilento talked about the status of too many responders who are still coping with Post Traumatic Stress, and the ripple effect of this very sad situation on their families and communities. I learned a lot more about PTSD from listening to their conversation, and was saddened to be reminded that so many people are still suffering terribly from their 9/11 experiences.

I want to thank Alessandro for his fervid interest in these vital issues, which have not gotten enough exposure in the media, and for including it in his book.  Alessandro:  It was a real pleasure meeting you, and I wish you all the best for much success with your project, and Vito and I look forward to seeing you again when you come to New York!  

Friday, February 18, 2011

Vito Friscia and filmmaker Pusateri to be interviewed by Italian Journalist

Just a quick note about some interesting news: an Italian Journalist from Rome, Alessandro Gisotti, is coming to New York at the end of the month to interview Vito and myself for his upcoming book on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  He's also an editor at Vatican Radio. Stay tuned for a recap of how that went.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Check out this segment on NY1 News that aired in October 2010.  Great piece about Vito!