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Not ALL 9/11 Families agree to bailout of WTC Museum by PA

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:48 pm    Post subject: Not ALL 9/11 Families agree to bailout of WTC Museum by PA
From Sep 10, 2012 to Sep 12, 2012 (included)
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9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters & WTC Victims

Statement re 9/11 Museum funding

Press Release 9/10/12


Chief Jim Riches 917-692-1199

Rosaleen Tallon 914-282-5799

Russell Mercer 718-461-2196

Jim McCaffrey 914-482-0284

Sally Regenhard 646-266-1987

Not all 9/11 families agree to bailout of WTC Museum by the Port Authority

- 9/11 Firefighter Family group opposes creation of advisory board -

-calls for fiscal responsibility & for National Parks Service to assume operations at GZ

"9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters & WTC Victims" rejects recent calls for a Port Authority of NY & NJ (PA) bailout of the 9/11 Museum at Ground Zero. Recent efforts by museum officials to characterize all of "the 9/11 families" as greatly bemoaning the current impasse and inferring that every family member is equally distraught - is simply not true. Recent newspaper reports highlight the desperate and pitiful efforts of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum (9/11MM) to blame the PA and Governors of NY & NJ for the out of control spending and construction problems at GZ. Sky-high salaries for senior staff and enormous cost overruns with a $1.3 billion price tag are unacceptable. The complete lack of professional management at the 9/11MM has resulted in Ground Zero losing its entire historical integrity, becoming an 8 acre recreational area for fun and amusement.

A recent article indicates that Mayor Bloomberg and the PA have agreed to form an advisory board to oversee the 9/11MM. This proposal will only ensure years of fighting between the 9/11MM foundation board and the Port Authority well into the future. The 9/11MM has demonstrated its preference for no restrictions or controls in its decision-making. This advisory board will be little more than a pesky & futile "cost of doing business" endeavor, as the 9/11MM has no interest in allowing any outside interference in its decision-making processes.

As "9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters & WTC Victims" has advocated for in the past, it is time the National Parks Service (NPS) is brought to Ground Zero to professionally manage and control the 9/11MM. The NPS has the professionalism, expertise and respect that are sorely lacking with current management of the site.The existing 9/11 foundation should be converted into an NPS "friends group" - a private fundraising organization akin to those found in many other national parks. That should be the 9/11 foundation's only job.

As the 11th anniversary of the attacks looms before us, large numbers of 9/11 family members are outraged , not only by the enormous cost and mismanagement of the site, but by the dictatorial policies of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and 9/11 MM foundation president Joe Daniels, . The plan to place 9,000 unidentified human remains in the basement of the private, admission-charging Museum, 70 ft below ground without the consent of each family member - has been roundly rejected by 94% of victims' families in a recent family survey..

The solution is clear: The ten year license given to the 9/11MM foundation by the PA to run the site at GZ is due to expire in 2013. The Port Authority, with the blessing of Governors Cuomo and Christie -should hand over the license to operate the site to the National Parks Service when the current lease expires next year. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum should not be considered " too big to fail" instead, with the NPS in charge, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum can be, and will be "too good to fail ."
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