Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:10 pm Post subject: Statement of 9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters
From Jun 07, 2012 to Jun 09, 2012 (included)
|Press Release: June 7, 2012
contact: Chief Jim Riches: 917-692-1199
Statement of 9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters and World Trade Center Victims regarding fiscal irresponsibility at the Port Authority
and 9/11 Memorial and Museum
9/11 Parents and Families of Firefighters and WTC Victims commends Governor Andrew Cuomo for the strong stand he has taken re the out of control spending at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum (New York Daily News, 6/4/12.) As WTC family members, we as well as the public, have been held hostage by the private 9/11 Memorial and Museum's irresponsibility, unaccountability and uncontrolled spending of public dollars.
Gov. Cuomo has stated that a tremendous amount of money has been wasted in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site. We are in total agreement.The vast majority of WTC family members - including Parents & Families of Firefighters- never asked for the world's most expensive memorial and museum, now estimated at a staggering $1.3 billion. Families would have been thankful for a simple, dignified, aboveground monument to the lives and deaths of 9/11 Victims. Our families had no role in the selection of this fiscally irresponsible project and take no responsibility for it.
We have long held that the Port Authority of New and New Jersey - the builders of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum - is a dysfunctional organization. The Port Authority should not hand over any additional funding to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum operators. We agree with the Governor's statement that: the toll-payer is not an endless, bottomless well for government to dip into to cure their incompetence.
We believe that asking commuters to pony up even more toll money to finance this memorial-industrial complex is unacceptable. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum managers decided that money was no object from day one. They now have the "world class" distinction they so desired: the world's most expensive memorial-museum to build and operate. They do not deserve a bailout from the public taxpayers.
We thank Gov. Cuomo for his outstanding leadership in this most important issue.
Chief Jim Riches, FDNY(ret.)
Father of FF Jimmy Riches, WTC/911
Chairman, 9/11 Parents and Families of Firefighters and WTC Victims
Russell & Joyce Mercer, Parents of FF Scott Kopytko WTC/911
Rosaleen Tallon, Sister of FF Sean Tallon WTC/911
Rosemary Cain, Mother of FF George Cain WTC/911
Maureen and Al Santora, Parents of FF Christopher Santora WTC/911
Jim McCaffrey, Brother in law of Chief Orio Palmer, WTC/911
Eileen Walsh , Mother of FF Michael Brennan, WTC/911
Al and Sally Regenhard, Parents of FF Christian Regenhard, WTC/911