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Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 6:32 am Post subject: Above the Law- Non-existent WTC safety & security protoc
From Sat Apr 19, 2008 3:00 am to Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:59 am (included)
|The Skyscraper Safety Campaign:
A project of Parents & Families of Firefighters & WTC Victims: www.skyscrapersafety.org
For immediate release: 4/19/08
contact: Sally Regenhard: 646-266-1987
Prof Glenn Corbett: 201-993-2814
"Above the Law" - Port Authority immunities at GZ must end now
The Port Authority Continues to Show Why it Should Not be In Charge
of Safety and Security at Ground Zero
SSC & Safety Experts call for immediate meeting with Gov. David Paterson re WTC
WHEN: Monday, April 21, 2008
TIME: 12:00 Noon
WHERE: In front of new PATH station entrance at Vesey Street and West Broadway, one block
west of Church Street
WHY: Non-existent safety & security protocols at the WTC site
The Skyscraper Safety Campaign (SSC) is appalled and outraged, but not surprised, at the revelations of critically lax security and total disdain for public safety at the World Trade Center by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ).
The shocking disposal of Freedom Tower plans in a street corner trash can provides yet another example of why the non-accountable PANYNJ should not remain in charge of safety and security in the reconstruction of the WTC at Ground Zero. They should instead be replaced by NYPD security details who could remain in charge of this site once the complex opens. In addition, the safety shortfalls of 9/11- a missing stairwell in each of the Twin Towers and non-tested fireproofing for the towers' steel - exposed the PANYNJ's blatant lack of concern for public safety. The PANYNJ must not remain above the law - it must be stripped of its exemptions and immunities and be placed under the legal jurisdiction of New York City's Building and Fire Codes at the WTC site.
The SSC calls for the following requirements :
• That the City of New York assume responsibility for safety at Ground Zero. Specifically, the Governors of New York and New Jersey direct their PANYNJ appointees to require that all plans and specifications for buildings and structures at the World Trade Center be reviewed and approved by the New York City Building and Fire Departments. Further, the PANYNJ must be obligated to have all required inspections performed and certificates of occupancy issued from the City of New York. Finally, routine inspections must be performed and documented by the Fire Department of New York for the life of the buildings and structures.
• That Congressional representatives from New York and New Jersey immediately initiate changes to the PANYNJ's charter to revoke the code compliance immunities the PANYNJ currently enjoys. In addition, the SSC asks that appropriate Congressional committees hold hearings into the code exemption issues and the numerous security/safety deficiencies of the World Trade Center complex, including the WTC Memorial and Museum as well as the underground parking/delivery tunnels.
• That the City of New York assume all security responsibilities at Ground Zero, including providing all security details at the complex after it opens. The PANYNJ has consistently shown that it is incapable of handling security as well as other critically important matters of public safety at the World Trade Center site.
The Skyscraper Safety Campaign
Sally Regenhard, Chairperson
Monica Gabrielle, Co Chairperson
Prof. Glenn Corbett, Chief Technical Advisor
Norman Siegel, Esq., Counsel