Born in Brooklyn N.Y. in 1978, Anthony was raised by his parents who entered America as immigrants from Italy. He became the first person in his family to obtain a higher education. Anthony graduated from Xaverian High School in Brooklyn N.Y. in 1997, completed an Associate degree in Telecommunications Management in 1999, a Bachelor degree in Information Technology in 2007 and a Master’s degree in Information Technology in 2009.

While many of us watched as the events of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks unfolded, Anthony lived them. He was working with several co-workers at the old western union building in downtown New York when something rocked the ground under their feet. He had no idea what it was. He assumed it was an earthquake or a man-hole explosion. When he headed towards the stairwell, he tried to make his way out with his co-workers. That explosion was the plane crashing into the tower. He said at the time,” it felt like a strange fire drill with an unbelievable traffic jam.” The panic increased and the confusion continued when he reached the ground. That’s when he got his first look at the flaming debris from the terror that had taken place above.

He was walking to an area he felt was safe and he suddenly stopped with co-workers at Chambers Street and West Broadway. The second tower was starting to shake and it eventual collapsed. He said the tower looked like it was leaning and going to topple over them. Like everybody else, he was convinced that if the big cloud of smoke caught up to him, it would kill him. When he stopped to rest, he looked on in shock as he emerged from that dust.

On May 22, 2009 while working for a telecommunication company for eleven years, he was involved in a hit and run accident during a weekend getaway; the accident resulted in major injuries. On leave from work Anthony decided to write and publish his first book, A Book of Poems: The Inner Soul. A Book of Poems is a collection of poetry that captures a decade’s worth of moments and experiences from his life.

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