Sept. 11 Demolition Date for Swezey's Rankles Residents

Mayor says it's "unfortunate" date is moved up to anniversary of 9/11, but village does not want project stalled.

With residents expressing concerns about the demolition of the former Swezey's store taking place on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri said legal issues forced the demolition date to get pushed up a day to Sept. 11. 

"Tritec is tied up in some legal issues that have to be taken care of on Wednesday," Pontieri said, explaining that the village did not want the demolition stalled. 

"It's unfortunate that it's on the day that it is," Pontieri said of it being held on Sept. 11.  

Chris Kelly, Tritec's director of marketing, told Patch that the date was changed to maintain the construction schedule.

"We understand the significance of the day but our actions are not meant to be ones of remembrance, defiance or disrespect," Kelly said. "We are holding no ceremony or scheduling any speeches."

Several residents took to Patchogue Patch's Facebook page to criticize the new demolition date. 

"That is in such poor taste to tear down a building on such a horrific day in which so many lost lives in buildings coming down," Kimberly Piretti McBride posted. 

The building is set to be demolished at 6:30 a.m. next Tuesday. 

The demolition of the store, which  earlier this summer, is to make way for Tritec Real Estate company's  plan to bring 291 apartments, 46,000 square feet of retail space and 18,000 square feet of office space at the intersection.

Joseph Adriano September 07, 2012 at 05:00 PM
C'mon, they can't demolish on the 13th or the 14th? These people really have no respect.
Joseph Adriano September 07, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Is this so they can tell a judge on the 12th that demolition of the entire site is complete? This story just gets worse and worse.
PatchogueLifetime September 07, 2012 at 05:57 PM
NOPE. This is a stretch even for the looniest reactionaries! The old swezey's building coming down HAS nothing to do with the 9/11/01 attacks. Old, decrepit buildings will be demolished as part of the normal routine of construction projects all over the country on Tuesday - probably even in New York City. And you know why? Because businesses continue to run, lives move forward on the September 11th anniversary, and all of that is not symbolic of anything and is not at all related to a terrorist attack that happened 11 years ago.
PatchogueLifetime September 07, 2012 at 06:00 PM
If you were going to force a connection to 9/11 -- and to be clear ANY CONNECTION IS COMPLETELY ARTIFICIAL -- you could say tearing down that eyesore is a really great activity to take place on the 9/11 anniversary because it symbolizes rebuilding, growth and recovery. I've lived in Patchogue for almost 30 years and I've waited for more than a decade to see this blight come down! Brighter days ahead for Patchogue indeed.
Dennis Barone September 07, 2012 at 06:01 PM
go ahead and knock it down, just one more bad taste in the mouth of voters.
Joseph Adriano September 07, 2012 at 06:11 PM
You've waited 10 years to see this building torn down and you can't wait another day or two? What's wrong with you?
Michele September 07, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I think they should wait ONE more day... this is sad. Not only for respect to the victims families but what about anyone who was traumatized by seeing the buildings come crashing down... a bit insensitive, to say the least!
Chris Heeg September 07, 2012 at 08:19 PM
It should be business as usual. Most people view memorial day as a sale day. Does that disgrace the memory of the hundreds of thousands that have died for this country? People fight and die for us to have the freedom to live our lives. Capitalism is a right that we fought for.
Fberg September 07, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Get a grip people, a tragedy but now history. Would you be as upset if it was scheduled on Pearl Harbor Day?
steven September 08, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Wow what poor taste! Way to be insensitive Mr. Mayor! How horribly tacky.
Scott Perino September 08, 2012 at 03:57 PM
all of you people whining about this really need to pull your heads out your........ :shrug:
Dennis Barone September 08, 2012 at 05:16 PM
one more day??? Come on whats one more day
Bodega Face September 08, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I agree Scott, some people have nothing better to do than find things to be offended over.
Baby Boomer September 08, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Are you going to work that day? Are shopowners, bars, restaurants, major retail stores closing that day? Horrific memory?...without a doubt. But as The Greatest Generation had the resilience to overcome Dec 7 and move forward, so must we. I believe you're exploiting the tragic events of 09/11/01 as an excuse to bash the current Village administration.
Scott Perino September 09, 2012 at 02:03 AM
I find anyone in opposition to this ridiculous! We throw BBQ's, parties, events, and whatnot on Memorial Day. Which is in rememberance for those who died for our country in service. Shouldnt that day be a "solemn" rememberance all the same, if we are to shut down all progress in the name of rememberance of 9-11? This is an empty storefront and has been for a long time. If anything, i find it significant, and showing the so called "terrorists", (dont even get me started on that one), that we will not be deterred. Does anyone not remember all the gab immediately after 9-11 that we needed to move on and rebuild! Keep going about our lives. Not to be swayed. Not to let this stop progress? So why is delaying a bunch of workers, and keeping them out of a days pay for a day, such a big deal because of an anniversary? People really need to EVOLVE and quit living in the past.
Scott Perino September 09, 2012 at 02:03 AM
We will never forget! granted! but, with that, we need to keep in mind that events such as 9-11, and the people behind that (again dont get me started), want just exactly what we can possibly give them. and that is giving in and giving up. We can still remember, and, remember in the name of moving on! With that, im all for rememberance, but rememberance in the name of progress. :shrug: And we can build this dream together....Standing strong forever...Nothing's gonna stop us now. (ok, so the jefferson starship quotes a lil cheesy, but it rings tru all the same. cant deny that! =p ) us being, the people... :end rant:
Concerned Resident September 09, 2012 at 03:26 AM
I find this whole news story to be a stretch. (Sorry Michael Sorrentino, but let's call a spade a spade, is this news or just another story to try and get people riled up so you can get more hits on your site?) Every day when you drive up Main Street or North Ocean there is a little bit less of the buildings than the day before. It is inevitable that one day really soon, there will be nothing more of the buildings left to knock down. I believe from the article, that this final stage is scheduled business as usual for very early in the morning, as in before people get in their cars to drive by to their offices, drop their kids to school, go to 7:30 mass or whatever else they do on a regular daily basis. So when they do drive by that day later in the day, there will just be no more building left. It is not as if this is a scheduled event with a pomp and circumstance press conference at a time that coincides with the anniversary of the tragedy.
Al 17 September 10, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Utter nonsense. It matters not that its 9-11. Its just those opposed to this plan desperately grasping for another reason to piss and moan about it.
Joseph Adriano September 10, 2012 at 01:28 PM
The Mayor himself said it was "unfortunate." Instead of arguing with those who are offended by this, why doesn't he explain why September 11th is the ONLY day this can happen? What about the rest of the week? It's just another example of poor judgement and a stubborn refusal to provide explanations for their actions.
Allison September 10, 2012 at 06:12 PM
You people crack me up, seriously. What was your plan on September 11? Were you going to call out of work and sit in a dark room? Or were you going to go to work, observe a MOMENT of silence and then carry on with your lives because you are fortunate enough to still have them? My sister was in the 2nd tower AS the plane hit her building. She survived while many of her friends and colleagues did not. I was in NYC and had to walk to Queens from midtown in a mass exodus of people with the smoke rising from where the towers were. I just spoke with her over the phone and told her all about this hoopla over the demolition of a building that has been a long time coming and asked her if she was offended or thought it was inappropriate. I presented her with the facts and snippets of some of the other opinions expressed here and on Facebook. I said that people thought it was "appaling" and "terrible" and "insensitive". Her reaction? "it is nowhere near the same thing. It is an empty building and no one is going to die. People just want something to complain about at all times." I am in total agreement. In fact, it would never in a million years have ever occurred to me to even think about the terrorist attacks until all of this debate started. Life carries on. Please go do something loving and productive and stop complaining online!
Allison September 10, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I 100% agree with you PatchogueLifetime!
Dennis Barone September 10, 2012 at 07:14 PM
At first I was upset with the removal on 9/11 but Allison is correct life goes on and we go with it.
fred September 10, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Finally someone with logic! Yes the world does go on and does not revolve around 9/11 I think after 11 years we are long past closeure. I too knew people who where killed on that date but they would not want life to stop every year to remember.
Joseph Adriano September 10, 2012 at 08:22 PM
The world goes on and so does poor taste. I still think they should've just moved it a day or two. There are many people who think it's offensive and you have to respect their opinion.
Michael Savini September 11, 2012 at 06:32 PM
What a ridiculous "controversy". No construction or demolition work can ever take place on September 11? Even when there is absolutely no real connection between the two places? If this is your biggest concern, you've got it made. Who told you that you had a right to not be offended once in a while?
Terrence G. Pearsall September 11, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Terrence Pearsall What a way to remember the 3000 plus Americans who tradically lost their lives, including many from communities surrounding Patchogue, by watching today another building come down.. Tritec good not wait just one day - its all about money isn't it.


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