9/11 Families to Govs. Cuomo and Christie: the Port Authority’s conduct is a betrayal of those who died on 9/11

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The Honorable Chris Christie
Governor of New Jersey

The Honorable Andrew Cuomo
Governor of New York

June 27, 2012

Dear Governor Christie and Governor Cuomo:

Over the past several months, we have watched with growing concern as the National September 11 Memorial Museum has become the focus of a public dispute over funding. We are deeply disappointed that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the government agency over which you are jointly charged with oversight and control, has brought this important historic project to a standstill. As 9/11 family members who have been personally involved in the development of the Memorial and Museum, we refuse to stand by while the individuals you appointed — and whose actions you have the power to veto — allow this vital project to founder.

It is bitterly ironic and cynical in the extreme for the governors of New York and New Jersey — states which lost the most people on 9/11 — to express concern for the “long-term stability” of the 9/11 Memorial Foundation even as your appointees at the Port Authority seek to raid the foundation’s charitable coffers, essentially nullifying by several times over the amount of federal assistance for which you recently voiced your support.

The Memorial and Museum Foundation has raised more than $435 million in private donations from 900,000 mostly small donors. To date, the Foundation has achieved every fund raising goal, has met every contractual obligation, and has diligently worked in good faith to fulfill its dual obligations to the memory of our loved ones and to the public trust.

We believe that the Port Authority is now engaged in a dishonest and dishonorable effort to exploit the Foundation’s successful and disciplined efforts in order to offset its own reckless and irresponsible fiscal mismanagement. In short, the PA is seeking to use the public’s heart-felt support of the 9/11 memorial and museum as an easy source of revenue to help pay for its own oversized, under-budgeted, poorly-managed capital projects (see the $3.5 billion PATH station lobby, serving a mere 50,000 commuters, originally estimated to cost $1.8 billion; see also, the PA’s $25 billion capital plans — scaled back from $33 billion after public outrage.) That is despicable.

The Memorial Foundation has repeatedly refuted the Port Authority’s bald assertion that it is owed $157 million (the PA has inexplicably doubled the amount to $300 million in some press reports). Equally troubling are unsupported reports that the cost of the Memorial and Museum has soared to $1.4 billion. According to the foundation, none of this is true. It maintains that the Memorial and Museum costs owed to Port Authority were capped at $530 million in a properly executed 2006 contract. In that agreement, the Port Authority promised to deliver both the memorial and museum in 2009. It is the Port Authority which has delayed, dissembled and now disrupted this vitally important historic project.

Ten years ago, we witnessed devoted recovery workers clear 1.8 billion tons of twisted steel and concrete, putting their lives on hold, focusing only on what they perceived was their solemn duty to their fellow human beings. It took these honorable men and women nine months to bring order out of chaos.

It has now been nine months since the Port Authority sent workers off the site, creating new chaos out of order. The museum opening, slated for this September, has been indefinitely delayed. It will not open before 2013. Every month of Port Authority delay ensures that costs continue to rise.

Governor Christie and Governor Cuomo, the Port Authority’s conduct is a betrayal of those who died on 9/11. It is a betrayal of the thousands who risked everything to honor them, and it is a betrayal of the growing number of children for whom “9/11” is not a first-hand memory.

We ask that you direct the Port Authority to honor their contract with the Foundation, immediately restart construction of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, and finish the job.

Respectfully submitted,
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David L. Beamer, father of Todd Beamer, United Flight 93

Donald C. Arias, Lt Col, USAF (ret), brother of Adam Arias, WTC 2, 84th Floor

Lorraine Arias-Beliveau, sister of Adam Arias, WTC 2, 84th Floor

Lauren Arias-Lucchini, sister of Adam Arias, WTC 2, 84th Floor

Karen Nunziato-Arias, sister-in-law of Adam Arias, WTC 2, 84th Floor

Nicholas C. Arias, nephew of Adam Arias, WTC 2, 84th Floor

James and Barbara Boyle, parents of FDNY FF Michael Boyle, Engine 33, North Tower

Eileen Brady, sister of Deborah Jacobs Welsh, flight attendant, United Airlines Flight 93

Caroline Brown, sister of FDNY Capt. Patrick J. Brown, Ladder 3

Janet and Michael Brown, sister-in-law and brother of FDNY Capt. Patrick J. Brown, Ladder 3

Billy and Kelly Martin, cousins of FDNY Captain Patrick J. Brown, Ladder Co 3, North Tower

James and Corinne Brown, cousins of FDNY Captain Patrick J. Brown, Ladder 3, North Tower

Mark W. Burlingame, brother of Capt. Charles F. Burlingame, III, pilot, American Flight 77

Anine Burlingame, sister-in-law of Capt. Charles F. Burlingame, III, American Flight 77

Bradley Burlingame, brother of Capt. Charles F. Burlingame, III, pilot, American Flight 77

Diane McDavitt Burlingame, sister-in-law of Capt. Charles Burlingame, pilot American Flt 77

Debra Burlingame, sister of Capt. “Chic” Burlingame, pilot, American Flight 77

Mary Busche, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Richard Busche, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Lorraine Campbell, aunt of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

James Campbell, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Raymond Campbell, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Kathy Campbell, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Geraldine Campbell, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Regina Cerulli, aunt of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

John Cerulli, uncle of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Carol Parks Clancy, sister of Robert E. Parks Jr., Cantor Fitzgerald, 1 WTC, 105th Floor

Patrick Robert Clancy, brother-in-law of Robert E. Parks Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 105th Floor

James Considine, uncle of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Claire Cunningham, aunt of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Ed Cunningham, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Andrew Cunningham, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Carlo A. Casoria, father of FDNY FF Thomas A. Casoria, Engine 22

Joseph F. Connor, cousin of Steven Schlag, Cantor Fitzgerald, WTC, North Tower

Alison R. Crowther, Mother of Welles Remy Crowther, South Tower, 104th Floor

Geraldine Davie, mother of Amy O’Doherty, Cantor Fitzgerald, North Tower, 104th Floor

Bruce DeCell, father-in-law of Mark Petrocelli, North Tower, 92nd Floor

Leslie Dimmling, wife of William Dimmling, North Tower, 98th Floor

Joan Barnum, mother-in-law of William Dimmling, North Tower, 98th Floor

Stuart Barnum, brother-in-law of William Dimmling, North Tower, 98th Floor

Honor Fagan, sister of Welles Remy Crowther, South Tower, 104th Floor

Diane Fairben, mother of Keith Fairben, paramedic, New York Presbyterian Hospital

Kenneth Fairben, father of Keith Fairben, paramedic, New York Presbyterian Hospital

Cathy Farrell, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Robert Fraina, brother-in-law of Capt. Charles F. Burlingame, pilot, American Flight 77

Bridget Gallagher, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Raymond Gallagher, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Megan Gallagher, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

John Gallagher, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Maryellen Gallagher, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Thomas Gallagher, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Leslie Gallagher, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Ann Gangi, cousin of FDNY Captain Patrick J. Brown, Ladder Company 3, North Tower

Joan Greene, mother of Lorraine Mary Greene Lee, South Tower, 101st Floor

Megan Greene, niece of Lorraine Mary Greene Lee, South Tower, 101st Floor

Thomas Greene, brother of Lorraine Mary Greene Lee, South Tower, 101st Floor

Terence Greene, brother of Lorraine Mary Greene Lee, South Tower, 101st Floor

Gordon and Kathleen Haberman, parents of Andrea Lyn Haberman, Carr Futures, 92nd Floor

C. Lee and Eunice K. Hanson,

–father and mother of Peter Burton Hanson, United Flight 175
–father and mother in law of Sue Kim Hanson, United Flight 175
–grandparents of Christine Lee Hanson, age 2, United Flight 175

Virginia and George Hindy, parents of Mark Hindy, Trader on Cantor’s Listed Equities Desk, North Tower, 104th Floor

Herbert Hoglan, grandfather of Mark Bingham, United Flight 93, Shanksville, PA

Linden Hoagland, uncle of Mark Bingham, United Flight 93, Shanksville, PA

Alice Hoagland, mother of Mark Bingham, United Flight 93, Shanksville, PA

(Dr.) Lee N. Hoglan, uncle of Mark Bingham, United Flight 93, Shanksville, PA

Julie B. Hoglan, aunt of Mark Bingham, United Flight 93, Shanksville, PA

(Dr.) Vaughn V. Hoglan, uncle of Mark Bingham, United Flight 93, Shanksville, PA

Kathleen B. Hoglan, aunt of Mark Bingham, United Flight 93, Shanksville, PA

Candyce S. Hoglan, aunt of Mark Bingham, United Flight 93, Shanksville, PA

Monica Iken, wife Michael Patrick Iken, WTC, Tower 2

Gary E. Jackson, uncle of Joshua Reiss, Cantor Fitzgerald, 1WTC, North Tower

Thomas S. Johnson, father of Scott Michael Johnson, South Tower

Anthoula Katsimatides, sister of John Katsimatides, Tower 1, 104th Floor

Patricia G. Leavey, sister of FDNY Lt. Joseph G. Leavey, Ladder 15, WTC

Timothy W. Sumner, brother-in-law of FDNY Lt. Joseph G. Leavey, Ladder 15, WTC

William and Rose Lang,

–parents of Roseanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–grandparents of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

William and Paula Lang,

–parents of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor
–brother of Rosanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Gary Lang,

–brother of Rosanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–uncle of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Barbara Lang,

–sister-in- law of Rosanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–aunt of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Christopher Lang,

— nephew of Rosanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Kaitlyn Lang

— nephew of Rosanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Liam Lang,

–great nephew of Rosanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Martin Lang, brother of Roseanne Lang, 1 WTC, 104th Floor, uncle to Brendan Lang, 2 WTC 90th Floor, retired member of FDNY and brother to 343 lost members.

Linda Lang,

–sister-in-law of Roseanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–aunt of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Lynda Olsen,

–niece of Roseanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Martin Lang,

–nephew of Roseanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan, Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Denise Ambery,

–niece of Roseanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Diane Lang,

–niece of Roseanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Jacqueline Lang,

–niece of Roseanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Daniel Lang,

–nephew of Roseanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Jack Olsen,

–great nephew of Roseanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Luke Olsen,

–great nephew of Roseanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Logan Ambery,

–great nephew of Roseanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Mackenzie Ambery,

–great niece of Roseanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Caoilinn Lang,

–great niece of Roseanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Martin Lang Jr.,

–great nephew of Roseanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Matthew D. Lang,

–brother of Rosanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–uncle of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Katherine V. Lang,

–sister-in-law of Rosanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–aunt of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Matthew J. Lang,

–nephew of Rosanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Mary Lou Byrd,

–sister of Rosanne Lang, North Tower, Cantor Fitzgerald, 104th Floor
–aunt of Brendan Lang, South Tower, Structuretone, 90th Floor

Arthur J. Byrd,

–brother-in-Law of Rosanne Lang, North Tower, Cantor Fitzgerald, 104th floor
–uncle of Brendan Lang, South Tower, Structuretone, 90th Floor

Ryan Byrd,

–nephew of Rosanne Lang, North Tower, Cantor Fitzgerald, 104th floor
–first cousin of Brendan Lang, South Tower, Structuretone, 90th Floor

Colin Byrd
–nephew of Rosanne Lang, North Tower, Cantor Fitzgerald, 104th floor
–first cousin of Brendan Lang, South Tower, Structuretone, 90th Floor

Donna and Al Caballero,

–Sister and brother- in-law of Rosanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–Aunt and uncle of Brendan Lang

Brendan Caballero,

–nephew of Rosanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan Lang

Joseph Caballero,

–nephew of Rosanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Liam Caballero,

–nephew of Rosanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Beth Ann Caballero
–niece of Rosanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

Amanda Rose Caballero,

–niece of Rosanne Lang, 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor
–cousin of Brendan Lang, 2 WTC, South Tower, 90th Floor

John Kennedy,

–uncle of Rosanne Lang, murdered in the WTC
–uncle of Brendan Lang, murdered in the WTC

Maura O’Doherty Lee, sister of Amy O’Doherty, Cantor Fitzgerald, North Tower, 104th Floor

Kathleen Leone, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Bonnie Greene Le Var, sister of Donald Freeman Greene, United Flight 93

Deanna Lineen, aunt of Mark Lindy, Cantor Fitzgerald, North Tower, 104th Floor

Brian Long, son of Diane Simmons & stepson of George Simmons, American Flight 77

Melissa Long, fiancée of FF Brian E. Sweeney, FDNY Rescue Co 1, South Tower

Mike Low, father of Sarah Low, Flight Attendant, American Flight 11

Jack and Kathleen Lynch, parents of FF Michael F. Lynch, Engine 40, South Tower

Claire Madden, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Dave Madden, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Cathy Markhardt, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Steve Markhardt, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Hon. Jo Anne Makely, former mayor Twp. Of Mahwah, NJ, mother-in-law of Jeremy Glick, United Flight 93

Joan McAleese, aunt of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Richard McAleese, uncle of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Richard McAleese, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Daniel McDonnell, uncle of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Kelly and Mark McCurdy, cousins of FDNY Captain Patrick J. Brown, Ladder 3, North Tower

Margie Miller, widow of Joel Miller, 1 WTC, North Tower, 97th Floor

Dara Near, sister of Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas, United Flight 93

Carole O’Hare, daughter of Hilda Marcin, United Flight 93

Thomas O’Hare, son-in-law of Hilda Marcin, United Flight 93

Mrs. Gum Oy Ong, mother of Betty Ann Ong, crew member, American Flight 11

Cathie Ong Herrera, sister of Betty Ann Ong, crew member, American Flight 11

Harry Ong Jr., brother of Betty Ann Ong, crew member, American Flight 11

Dorothy Ong, sister-in-law of Betty Ann Ong, crew member, American Flight 11

Dolores Owens, mother of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Peter Owens, father of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

John Owens, brother of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Terence Owens, brother of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Joan Owens, sister-in-law of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Kevin Owens, brother of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Lorraine Owens, sister-in-law of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Thomas Owens, brother of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Ann-Marie Owens, niece of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Robert Owens, nephew of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

E. Betsy Parks, sister of Robert E. Parks, Cantor Fitzgerald, North Tower, 105th floor

Kyle Parks, first cousin of Robert E. Parks Jr., 1 WTC, Cantor Fitzgerald, 105th Floor

Matthew Parks, first cousin of Robert E. Parks Jr., 1WTC,Cantor Fitzgerald, 105th Floor

Sean Parks, first cousin of Robert E. Parks Jr., 1 WTC, CantorFitzgerald, 105th Floor

Doreen Parks, aunt of Robert E. Parks Jr., 1 WTC, CantorFitzgerald, 105th Floor

D. Hamilton Peterson,

–son of Donald A. Peterson, United Airlines Flight 93
–stepson of Jean H. Peterson, United Airlines Flight 93

Marge Pothier, sister-in-law of Garnet “Ace” Bailey, United Flight 175

John and Judie Presten, cousins of FDNY Captain Patrick J. Brown, Ladder 3, North Tower

Jessi Presten, cousin of FDNY Captain Patrick J. Brown, North Tower

Robert Reeg, FDNY, WTC Survivor

Patricia M. Reilly, sister of Lorraine Mary Greene Lee, South Tower, 101st Floor

Judi and Gary Reiss, parents of Joshua Scott Reiss, age 23, Cantor Fitzgerald, North Tower.

Adam and Rachel Reiss, sister of Joshua Scott Reiss, age 23, Cantor Fitzgerald, North Tower

Jordan and Lisa Reiss, sister of Joshua Scott Reiss, age 23, Cantor Fitzgerald, North Tower

Jonathan Reiss, brother of Joshua Scott Reiss, age 23, Cantor Fitzgerald, North Tower

Jennifer Reiss, sister of Joshua Scott Reiss, age 23, Cantor Fitzgerald, North Tower

Barbara Reiss, aunt of Joshua Scott Reiss, age 23, Cantor Fitzgerald, North Tower

Katy Riecher, niece of Capt. Charles F. Burlingame, pilot, American Flight 77

Tom Rogér, father of Jean Rogér, Flight Attendant, American Flight 11

George Saqqal, uncle of Mark Hindy, WTC, North Tower, 104th floor

Laura Savio, niece of Lorraine Mary Greene, Lee, South Tower, 101st Floor

Diana and Geroge Sayegh, parents of Jackie Sayegh Duggan, Windows of the World, 1 WTC, 106th Floor

Patricia Schiavo, mother-in- law of Jack L. D’Ambrosi, Jr., Cantor Fitzgerald, North Tower

Ernest Strada, father of Thomas Strada, WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Mary Ann Strada, mother of Thomas Strada, WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Joseph Strada, brother of Thomas Strada, WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Peg Strada, sister-in-law of Thomas Strada, WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Michael Strada, brother of Thomas Strada, WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Andrea Nyakas, sister-in-law of Thomas Strada, WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Bernadette Strada, aunt of Thomas Strada, WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Joe Strada, cousin of Thomas Strada, WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Susan A. Cronin, sister of Thomas Strada, North Tower, 104th Floor

James A. Cronin, brother-in-law of Thomas Strada, North Tower, 104th Floor

James M. Cronin, nephew of Thomas Strada, North Tower, 104th Floor

Holly Filala, niece of Thomas Strada, North Tower, 104th Floor

Jennifer Iannotti, sister of Thomas Strada, North Tower, 104th Floor

Christina Iannotti, niece of Thomas Strada, North Tower, 104th Floor

Charlotte Ford, aunt of Thomas Strada, North Tower, 104th Floor

Kenneth Ford, cousin of Thomas Strada, North Tower, 104th Floor

Rose Fuschillo, aunt of Thomas Strada, North Tower, 104th Floor

Stanley Kotkiewicz, uncle of Thomas Strada, North Tower, 104th Floor

Jessica Kotkiewicz, aunt of Thomas Strada, North Tower, 104th Floor

Jeannie Kotkiewicz, cousin of Thomas Strada, North Tower, 104th Floor

Janet Kotkiewicz, aunt of Thomas Strad, North Tower, 104th Floor

Elizabeth Stanton, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Thomas Stanton, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Kristina Stanton, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Jenna Stanton, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Briana Stanton, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Thomas Stanton Jr., cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Stephanie Stanton, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Marc Wieman, husband of Mary Wieman, 2 WTC, South Tower

Kevin Welsh, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Gina Welsh, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Bernard Welsh, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Patricia Welsh, cousin of Peter J. Owens, Jr., 1 WTC, North Tower, 104th Floor

Barbara Wentworth, sister of Lorraine Mary Greene Lee, South Tower, 101st Floor

Kaitlyn Wentworth, niece of Lorraine Mary Greene Lee, South Tower, 101st Floor

Kelly Wentworth, niece of Lorraine Mary Greene Lee, South Tower, 101st Floor

Allison White, daughter of Kristin White Gould, United Flight 93

Charles G. Wolf, husband of Katherine Wolf, 1 WTC, North Tower, 97th Floor

Cheryl Parks Zarate, first cousin of Robert E. Parks Jr., Cantor Fitzgerald, 1 WTC, 105th Floor

James P. Christie, childhood friend of Robert E. Parks Jr., Cantor Fitzgerald, 1 WTC, 105th Floor

Biaggio Cancro, lifetime friend of Robert E. Parks Jr, Cantor Fitzgerald, 1 WTC, 105th Floor

Shannon Cancro, lifetime friend of Robert E. Parks Jr., Cantor Fitzgerald, 1 WTC, 105th Floor

Maureen Gallagher Cancro, lifetime friend of Robert E. Parks Jr., 1 WTC, 105th Floor

Paul Cancro, lifetime friend of Robert E. Parks Jr., Cantor Fitzgerald, 1 WTC, 105th Floor

  2 comments for “9/11 Families to Govs. Cuomo and Christie: the Port Authority’s conduct is a betrayal of those who died on 9/11

  1. July 1, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    The September 11 families added this comment below the editorial today in the New York Daily News:

    The Daily News has nailed this one. The governors are hiding their true motive here, to enable the all-powerful Port Authority to get its dirty hands on the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. They see the millions of people streaming to ground zero, and they want a “piece of the action.” To the governors enabling this Tony Soprano-like maneuver, your silence speaks volumes. In the past, when you wanted 9/11 families to stand next to you for self-serving press conferences, you sure know how to reach us. But to those hundreds who have called you out on this, all you have to say is, “no comment.” What cowards.

  2. July 1, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    See the New York Daily News today, their editorial:

    “Cuomo and Christie owe everyone better. They need to present a full accounting of their concerns, along with proposed solutions, for public debate. For example, do they want to scale back the museum? Let’s have the facts, govs.”

    A “full accounting of their concerns, along with [Govs. Cuomo and Christie’s] proposed solutions” would expose them and the Port Authority as having no evidence the Museum cost more than the 2006 contract-capped figure. If they had any evidence that cost overruns occurred, the Port could immediately trigger a $90 million dollar contingency fund.

    The Port failed to deliver the finished construction of both the Memorial and Museum by September 2009. You read that right: 2009. The Port dallied while construction costs soared for all of their other projects and now they want control of what they see as a cash cow, the 9/11 Museum.

    The Port has proven itself as utterly incompetent as a contractor and builder. Just look at the billions they are over budget constructing the Path train station (Calatrava) and Freedom Tower.

    Governors, your standing silent is not a right you have in the court of public opinion. Speak up, but expect a full audit of your words after you do.

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