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TWO ARTICLES ON THE MONEY PIT THAT THE WTC CONTINUES TO BE

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:42 pm    Post subject: TWO ARTICLES ON THE MONEY PIT THAT THE WTC CONTINUES TO BE
From Jan 30, 2012 to Feb 02, 2012 (included)
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Please take a moment and see where all the money is going at Ground Zero and now they are looking for the Federal Government to fund them an additional $20M a year forever with the bulk of this money going to salaries and compensation. The plan is to also charge $25 a person to visit the 9/11 museum when it finally gets done.
In a few months we will begin our fundraising effort for the Hearts and Hands Memorial which will include a permanent home for the United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt, a Corridor of Memories with 8 x 10 photos of all victims in alphabetical order by affiliation surrounding a 25,000 square foot Memorial Garden.
Our plan is to get this completed for around $6 Million and to make it self containing and free to all visitors.
After reading these articles I am going to approach our elected officials to see if we could get some of these funds to make the Hearts and Hands Memorial a reality.

Dennis
WTC money woes resurface
http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20120129/REAL_ESTATE/301299972



Sept. 11 Group's Salaries Decried


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204740904577191174021072852.html?mod=googlenews_wsj







The Record: Letters, Jan. 28, 2012
Foundation serves only its officials



As Sept. 11 family members, we must thank you for the excellent article.
It is shocking to learn that the federal government (the American taxpayers) provided $87.7 million to this project in 2010 but has zero oversight. Even more shocking is a bill ó currently in Congress ó that would give the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum Foundation $20 million per year forever ó with no strings attached.
The article does not delve into the controversy of placing the unidentified human remains of people into the basement level of this private, admission-charging museum, another indignity families are fighting.



Sally and Albert Regenhard
Woodlawn, N.Y., Jan. 25
The writer are members of 9/11 Parents and Families of Firefighters & WTC Victims.


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Regarding "Soaring salaries at Sept. 11 memorial" (Page A-1, Sept. 23):
Joe Daniels, president of the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum Foundation, claims that the outrageous salaries paid to officials of the non-profit organization are "both competitive and comparable to other similarly situated non-profits." This claim is a typical lawyerly parsed load of bunk. Itís the kind of stuff that 9/11 families have been hearing from Ground Zero officials for years.
How about comparing salaries and compensation with supervisors and managers at national historic sites like the USS Arizona, the Statue of Liberty, Gettysburg and Independence Hall in Philadelphia?
And therein lies the problem: The memorial and museum are held in a private foundation rather than by the people ó to whom it rightfully belongs ó in a national park and historic site. Only so New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the foundationís chairman, may remain in full control of what the memorial contains and dictate its message.
Why should taxpayers shell out $20 million a year to a private foundation and then have to pay an additional $25 for a museum admission fee? The admission fee to the Gettysburg museum for adults is $12.50. The USS Arizona is free. Independence Hall is free. Liberty Island is free; the ferry ride $13. Sagamore Hill on Long Island, Theodore Rooseveltís summer home, is $5. Fordís Theatre, free. Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, $7.
The solution: The World Trade Center site is a national historic site. It needs to be made part of the National Park Service. ASAP. If Daniels wants to make a Wall Street salary, let him work on Wall Street.



Michael Burke
Bronx, Jan. 25
The writer is brother of Capt. William F. Burke Jr., a New York City firefighter who died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Regarding "Soaring salaries at Sept. 11 memorial" (Page A-1, Sept. 23):
Thank you for the informative article regarding the Sept. 11 so-called memorial.
The moneymaking scheme of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his cronies has come to light in your article and I hope all the well-meaning people who have donated to this farce will now know exactly where their money is going.
Besides being a way for its officials to line their pockets, the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum is totally underground. Visitors will have to descend 70 feet to a perilous subterranean level that in no way resembles a respectful tribute to the victims of Sept 11. The terrorists will have more prominence than the victims.



Rosemary Cain
Massapequa, N.Y., Jan. 24
The writer is mother of George C. Cain, a New York City firefighter who died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Regarding "Soaring salaries at Sept. 11 memorial" (Page A-1, Sept. 23):
Thanks for being virtually alone in your reporting on the continuing, esurient machinations displayed by officials associated with the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum Foundation. Unfortunately, this has gone on for years. From the nearly $1 billion construction cost to the $60 million annual budget, this project has been a profligate failure from the start.



James McCaffrey
Yonkers, N.Y., Jan. 26
The writer, a New York City Fire Department lieutenant, is a member of 9/11 Parents and Families of Firefighters & WTC Victims.
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