I started with the PANYNJ on 10/31/1972
in the Mailroom located on 111 8th Avenue right after High School. I was
given an assignment to work with the Secretary’s Office soon afterwards
as their personal mailman.
We moved to the WTC in January 1973. On
April 4, 1973 I was designated to be one of the staff members to open
the WTC doors for business as Peter Goldmark greeted the occupants. I
worked for the PA for 39.5 wonderful years. I had the pleasure to
introduce to the WTC and public the wonderful sounds of Latin Jazz and
Salsa music. Director Albert Moncure gave me and Edward Calderon (RIP)
special permission to do so and it was an immediate success and the
public loved it.
I also was instrumental in introducing
personal computer and fax machines to the PA. Technology was my strength
and schooling. I had many supervisory positions but the most important
one was the Mailroom job. I was supervising the Mailroom in 1993 when
the bomb exploded 120 feet from my office on the B-3 level in the PA
Stockroom. My accomplishment was to have the Mailroom functioning again
in 72 hours to all the facilities with no downtime.
I received a Metal of Valor for me
helping several people on the B-2 level out to safety and big award from
and nationwide Postal Mailing Organization for the great job we did with
the Mailroom after the bombing.
On 9/11, I was in my office on the 68th
floor 1 WTC when the first plane hit our building and after search and
rescue responsibility, I managed to get out minutes before the second
tower fell. I worked in Ground Zero for nine years then retired in
January 2010. Unfortunately, today I have cancer and respiratory and
other issues today but I have no regrets.