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Reflections on the water: With discovery of Szostak body, man finds his life intersecting with one that ended in tragedy

Anthony Garafolo was on a two-week vacation from his job as a correctional officer at the New York State Department of Corrections, and he wanted a little alone time.

His children were out of the house, his wife had gone to work, and Anthony was able to catch up on some time for himself. He decided that this day,

Tuesday, April 22, was the perfect day for his first boat ride of the season.

It was just a quiet little nice day, said Anthony, a 47-year-old Coxsackie man, in a later interview.

Anthony had ridden in other boats before, sometimes as a fisherman, but this time was special. He did not plan to fish, or travel to any specific location. According to Anthony, he just wanted to have lunch on the river.

He had almost gone out the night before, right after he bought dock space at a Coxsackie boat launch for the very first boat he has ever owned.

"I'm just a new boater," Anthony said. "I just got my boat at the end of last summer."

But by the time he had gotten the boat in the water, the sun had begun to set, and Anthony thought he better save the trip for the next day.

And after he picked up a sub at a local deli and stripped off his shirt to beat an eager April sun, he started down the Hudson River on his new 18-foot bay liner " a boat so new it didn't even have a name yet.

Four months before Anthony set down the Hudson, a former State University of New York at Plattsburgh student named Joshua Szostak went out for a night of celebration with a group of friends, one of whom was celebrating a 21st birthday.

Joshua, 21 himself, went out in baggy jeans, a T-shirt and a Southpole black hooded sweat shirt with a skull and crossbones on the front. Around his neck hung a silver chain with a cross.

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