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Reminiscences of Laurence A. Levy : oral history, 2003.

Creator: Levy, Laurence A., 1948-
Project: September 11, 2001 response and recovery oral history project.
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Phys. Desc. :transcript 79 pages sound recordings 2 audiocassettes (141 min.)
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Director, Giuliani Partners, LLC

Scope and Contents

Raised in Queens, NY, education: St. John's University Law School; career: elementary public school teacher in South Jamaica, Queens, prosecutor and litigator at Bronx District Attorney's office, assistant commissioner of trial--New York City Department of Sanitation, Inspector New York City Corporation Counsel inspector general, New York City senior litigator, teaching--St. John's Law School and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, New York City Lawyer, New York City deputy counsel, President of Twin Towers Fund, director of Giuliani Partners, consulting; family: married in 1971, two sons in 1976 and 1979, living with wife on Queens-Nassau border; September 11th: office at New York City Hall, hearing first plane crash, going to 100 Church Street where son works, running back to City Hall after second plane arrives, organizing City Hall evacuation, convinced of terrorist attack, contacting and meeting Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, recollections of Giuliani--wanting to communicate with public, keep people calm, and provide leadership, anticipating rescues, concern of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bias; post-9/11: funerals, eulogies, work at World Trade Center site 24/7; Twin Towers Fund: principals, legalities, administration, publicizing, distribution of monies, challenges, special cases, other organizations--Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency, communication and conflict with police widows, relocating to 575 Fifth Avenue, outpouring of generosity and support, General Electric Foundation, Citicorp, Arnold Schwartzenegger, refusal of gift from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, closing in 2003, privatization and on-going projects--America's Camp Foundation, Scholarship America, depression and suicide awareness education and training for fire department, police department, port authority and civilian emergency medical technicians.


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