UFO truthers converge on Chuck Schumer’s NYC office to celebrate humankind’s ‘ET moment’

UFO truthers declared humankind’s “ET moment” as they rallied outside US Sen. Chuck Schumer’s New York City office on Thursday to celebrate efforts to prove the phenomena aren’t a hoax.

Believers landed on Third Avenue outside the Democratic Senate leader’s office saying they were over the moon over his efforts to push UFO disclosure legislation through Capitol Hill last year as many attendees recounted their own stories of run-ins with the unexplained.

“It’s an extraordinary moment. Humanity is entering its ET moment,” said 74-year-old Dr. Jim Garrison, a director at the UFO advocacy group New Paradigm Institute.

“The extraterrestrial phenomenon is real,” he told The Post. “That’s what is so important about Schumer’s leadership.”

Garrison and his cohorts were referring to Schumer’s outspoken advocacy for 2024 National Defense Authorization Act, which sought to compel the government to reveal whatever information it may have on unexplained aerial phenomenon — and whether or not it has aliens locked away beneath Los Alamos or Area 51.

“This legislation will be discussed by historians in a thousand years because it’s the first moment where the most closely guarded secret in history is beginning to see the light of day, officially,” Harrison said.

Nick Curto, 80, recalled how he was visited by a triangular craft in Central Park one quiet night about eight years ago. Robert Miller
Nick Curto, 80, recalled how he was visited by a triangular craft in Central Park one quiet night about eight years ago. Robert Miller

That bill, which used phrases like “flying saucers” and “non-human intelligence,” was passed with less teeth than Schumer wanted — records release mandates were broadened while spending disclosures and other measures were cut — but supporters who turned out Thursday praised it as a momentous step forward nonetheless.

“The cat is out of the bag, man. The cat is out of the bag,” Garrison said, pointing to the House Oversight Committee hearing in summer 2023 where supposed intelligence whistleblower David Grusch testified that the Pentagon had crash retrieval and reverse engineering programs.

Though two weeks ago the Pentagon released a detailed report rebuking Grusch’s claims, believers outside the senator’s office were undeterred.

Sen. Chuck Schumer has been an outspoken advocate for UAP disclosure legislation in recent years. NurPhoto via Getty Images
Sen. Chuck Schumer has been an outspoken advocate for UAP disclosure legislation in recent years. NurPhoto via Getty Images

“Sen. Schumer is a serious person, he’s the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, he wouldn’t be talking about trash retrievals and non-human intelligence unless he had a pretty good idea it’s true,” said Kevin Wright, a columnist for the Roswell Daily Record and founder of a DC-based UAP advocacy firm.

“There’s something that has been here since at least the 1940s, since the time of Roswell, and people have a right to know what’s here and interacting with us and whether this is a national security issue,” he added.

Others present ranged from the pragmatic to a Queens resident who claimed to have regular visitations at home in Howard Beach.

Jim Garrison, 74, is one of the directors of the New Paradigm Institute, which helped organize the gathering Thursday. Robert Miller
Jim Garrison, 74, is one of the directors of the New Paradigm Institute, which helped organize the gathering Thursday. Robert Miller

“I have triangular motherships and a scattered fleet of UFOs that follow me around the world,” said 75-year-old actor Julio Barriere.

He said the craft have followed him around the world for about 20 years, and that they even communicated with him using lasers, telepathy, and at least once with clouds shaped something like waving hand.

Asked why they chose him, Barriere said: “I’m their leader.”

Julio Barriere, 75, claimed to have been visited by and communicated with “triangular motherships” for 20 years. Robert Miller
Julio Barriere, 75, claimed to have been visited by and communicated with “triangular motherships” for 20 years. Robert Miller
Bruce Davis, 40, said he had a baffling encounter with an apparently sentient body of light in his Orlando apartment. Robert Miller
Bruce Davis, 40, said he had a baffling encounter with an apparently sentient body of light in his Orlando apartment. Robert Miller

Nick Curto, 80, a retired ad-man from Yorktown, recalled conducting a séance of sorts near the ancient Egyptian obelisk Cleopatra’s Needle behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park about eight years go.

“With love and peace we were trying to contact ETs with meditation,” he said, recounting how after about an hour a triangular craft with green lights appeared and stopped above them before moving on.

“It stopped, in other words it knew we were there, it heard our call,” he said. “About 15 people were there with me, fellow ufologists, who had cameras and recording equipment. We were so stunned that nobody thought to photograph.”

Bruce Davis, 40, of Rockaway Park, said he spent about 10 minutes with “a body of light” that was “very intelligent” in his Orlando apartment one night in 2020. May 3, specifically.

“It was amazing. It was a body of white light with this rainbow shimmer and it seemed to open up a little bit so rays of rainbow light emerged,” he said.

“Even though I asked it questions and it didn’t communicate with me, when I asked to touch it, it stayed still and an arc shot out, hit my fingertip, felt like an intense painless vibration through my finger — then it disappeared. I’ve had questions ever since.”

Jose Baisan, 40, became a believer in recent years and thinks governments need to be honest with their people. Robert Miller
Jose Baisan, 40, became a believer in recent years and thinks governments need to be honest with their people. Robert Miller

Jose Baizan, 41, a Queens resident originally from Mexico, traded in the shirt and tie he normally wears to his midtown finance job for a tinfoil hat and a call for democratic unity on the UAP matter.

“I took the day off to be here because this is very important. This will decide what sort of world we live in.” said Baizan, who was a skeptic until UAP accounts began to emerge across the heights of government and the military in recent years.

Characterizing himself as part of the “disclosure movement,” Baizan said that no matter the true nature of UAPs no government should be allowed to keep potentially sensitive information in the dark.

“That’s not democratic. We the people should decide what’s best for us,” he said. “Not just for the American people but the world in general, because this is a global phenomenon. No country has a right to dictate the agenda for the world.”

Additional reporting by Steven Greenstreet.