EASTCHESTER, N.Y. It is nothing new for Eastchester Fire Commissioner Richard Steigelman to ride his bike into Manhattan on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
"I have done this every year," Steigelman said on Sunday. "The largest group I road with was 1,500 bikes."
But this year on the tenth anniversary, Steigelman thought it would be nice to offer a smaller tribute that was from not only his heart but his home."We put this together in about two months," Steigelman said. "We are going to ride down to the city to about Houston Street and turn around and come back and have a barbeque with a live band."
Unable to get clearance to get to ground zero, Steigelman turned the event into a local fundraiser instead.
Steigelman donated a mini-chopper that will be raffled off. Those funds will be donated to the Eastchester Police Auxiliary, which assists police with patrols and safety at events throughout the year. Most recently the auxiliary manned the safe center set up at Lake Isle during Hurricane Irene.
Funds raised from the 50-50 raffle will be donated to the Community Fund."I can't think of a better way to pay tribute to those that lost their lives than to make the town a better, safer place," Steigelman said.
Richie Stingone, came down from Rye Brook to join the group ride.
"We want to make sure we remember this day and what it meant to all of us," Stingone said.
State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D - Scarsdale) stopped by to wish the bikers a safe trip and even sat on one of the bikes, a 2001 Harley Davidson Fatboy.
"This is a great tribute and a great bike," Paulin said
"She is welcome on my bike anytime," said the bike's owner, John Sullivan, of Yonkers. "We all remember and honor those lost in our own way. This is the best way for me."
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