Oct 31, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Police secure the scene at a bike path at Houston Street and West Street in lower Manhattan after a motorist drove onto the path near the World Trade Center memorial, striking and killing several people.

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Families fume after mayor forgets to read terror attack victims' names at memorial

November 01, 2018 - 11:09 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio has apologized for forgetting to read the names of the victims killed in last year's West Side Highway bike path terror attack.

The mayor and other and city officials have been accused of botching Wednesday's ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the truck attack that left eight people dead and 11 injured.

Those in the crowd were upset the ceremony ended without the reading of the names.

The mayor then raced back to podium to do so, saying, "I want to apologize that this should have been part of the gathering to read the names of the eight that we lost. So I want to right that wrong with apologies and do that now and ask everyone to bow their heads as we remember each of them."

The city was also criticized over invitations to loved ones which went out at the last minute. One victim's mother, from Argentina, was unable to attend because she received her invtation so late.

Some people were so angry they refused to shake de Blasio's hand after the ceremony.

The accused truck driver, Sayfullo Saipov has pleaded not guilty and could get the death penalty if convicted in Manhattan Federal Court.