|Judge Shlomo Hagler|
|Honor Guard for FDNY John Tipping II at WTC. Image by © Gary Suson.|
What the good Judge Shlomo Hagler failed to view in the supporting documents and take into account was an alarming letter written to Gary Suson by UFA Attorney Michael Block on November 16, 2006. In that letter, Attorney Block wrote, "As general counsel for the Uniformed Firefighter's Association, we have been asked to return the enclosed checks that you sent to the Widow's & Children's Fund...They thought it best to return your donations." Suson had been, "caught in the middle of an internal struggle in the UFA" (Daily News) and it
was clear that the UFA did not wish any proceeds from Ground Zero Museum Workshop or Gary Suson to go to its Widow's & Children's Fund yet Suson was shockingly admonished in
Hagler's decision for "not donating" to a fund that didn't want any donations. As a result of the UFA's letter, Suson redirected his charitable donations to just over the Brooklyn Bridge, where the FDNY Foundation for the Children of Fallen Firefighters was quite happy to get support from the Ground Zero Museum Workshop and continues to receive donations to this day. Perhaps Judge Hagler should read all documents in a case regarding 9/11 so innocent people don't get made out to look bad. Just a thought. As an aside, FDNY Firefighter Rudy Sanfilippo, the former union bigwig for the Uniformed Firefighter's Association stated in depositions that he was very pleased with all the fund raising Suson did for the UFA and that he met or exceeded all of the expectations placed upon him.
|Gary Suson, Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the Uniformed Firefighter's Association.|
Suson, an Honorary Battalion Chief in the FDNY continues to run the Ground Zero Museum Workshop in NYC's
Meatpacking District, which was just ranked in the "Top 25 Museums in the USA" by Trip Advisor.
See Museum at: www.Zerve.com/GroundZero/Workshop.
Gary Suson's Ground Zero Museum Workshop, NYC.