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911 Families Letter to NY-NJ Governors Re Memorial Museum

911 Families Letter to NY-NJ Governors Re Memorial Museum

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The Honorable Chris ChristieGovernor of New JerseyThe Honorable Andrew M. CuomoGovernor of New York June 27, 2012Dear 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 deeplydisappointed 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 thedevelopment of the Memorial and Museum, we refuse to stand by while the individuals youappointed -- 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 a
mount of federalassistance for which you recently voiced your support.The Memorial and Museum Foundation has raised more than $435 million in private donationsfrom 900,000 mostly small donors. To date, the Foundation has achieved every fund raisinggoal, has met every contractual obligation, and has diligently worked in good faith to fulfill itsdual 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 andirresponsible fiscal mismanagement. In short, the PA is seeking to use the public’s heart
-feltsupport of the 9/11 memorial and museum as an easy source of revenue to help pay for its ownoversized, under-budgeted, poorly-managed capital projects (see the $3.5 billion PATH stationlobby, serving a mere 50,000 commuters, originally estimated to cost $1.8 billion; see also, the
PA’s $25 billion capit
al plans
 — 
scaled back from $33 billion after public outrage.) That isdespicable.
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 pressreports). Equally troubling are unsupported reports that the cost of the Memorial and Museumhas soared to $1.4 billion. According to the foundation, none of this is true. It maintains that theMemorial and Museum costs owed to Port Authority were capped at $530 million in a properly
 
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executed 2006 contract. In that agreement, the Port Authority promised to deliver both thememorial and museum in 2009. It is the Port Authority which has delayed, dissembled and nowdisrupted this vitally important historic project.Ten years ago, we witnessed devoted recovery workers clear 1.8 billion tons of twisted steel andconcrete, putting their lives on hold, focusing only on what they perceived was their solemn dutyto their fellow human beings. It took these honorable men and women nine months to bringorder out of chaos.It has now been nine months since the Port Authority sent workers off the site, creating newchaos out of order. The museum opening, slated for this September, has been indefinitelydelayed. It will not open before 2013. Every month of Port Authority delay ensures that costscontinue 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,David L. Beamer, father of Todd Beamer, United Flight 93Donald 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 93Caroline Brown, sister of FDNY Capt. Patrick J. Brown, Ladder 3Janet and Michael Brown, sister-in-law and brother of FDNY Capt. Patrick J. Brown, Ladder 3Billy 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 
 
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Mark W. Burlingame, brother of Capt. Charles F. Burlingame, III, pilot, American Flight 77Anine Burlingame, sister-in-law of Capt. Charles F. Burlingame, III, American Flight 77Bradley Burlingame, brother of Capt. Charles F. Burlingame, III, pilot, American Flight 77Diane 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 22Joseph 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 

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