Running The Asylum

Heroes Stamp 2002

Photo: Stamp-Photos.com

The items below make it clear that those who are calling the shots at Ground Zero occupy a separate reality from the vast majority of Americans of all ages, races, and politics. The press release by a leading 9/11 Families group and the “Ground Zero travesty” letters to the New York Post editor are full of common sense and decency. The photo that museum officials tried to marginalize reflected the American people’s spirit like no other image. That is why it was chosen for the stamp tribute a year later. What the current controversy makes crystal clear is that the National Parks Service is a much more fitting overseer of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum than the out-of-touch Bloomberg cohort.


New York Post

Flagging At Ground Zero

New York Post

Ground Zero travesty: A too ‘Rah-Rah’ photo?

Press Release — 9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters and WTC Victims

FF Families Respond to Initial Rejection of Iconic GZ Flag photo by 9/11 Museum

New York Post

Old Glory daze stings


Bloomberg.com

Downtown NYC Landlords Remake Offices in Shift From Banks

2013-07-30T15:49:18+00:00 July 30th, 2013|Vol. 2, No. 30 —|

Once and For All

Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Cuomo sent out an email message on Wednesday to promote the video above. In it he talks “about the steps we are taking right now to clean up Albany once and for all… I want all New Yorkers to know that I work for you — the people. It’s time we restore your full trust in government once again.”

We would like to believe the Governor’s promise, but are very skeptical, given that the best way to keep it would be to expose and clean up the layers of corruption that are still ripping off the public at Ground Zero. Now, that would really be something. By all means, clean up “the legislative corruption in Albany.” But first, acknowledge that four governors cheated the public out of a true recovery at the World Trade Center.

New York will never be clean as long as the WTC dirty. The Twin Towers Alliance has spent years chronicling the connivance and contempt with which elected officials thwarted the overwhelming popular support for restoring, not replacing, the fabulous, incomparable skyline.

They engaged in lobbying at the highest levels — meeting with the Executive Director of the Port Authority at a time when billions of dollars could have been saved by examining the benefits of the far more popular Twin Towers II plan in 2008, instead of putting the stalled plan on steroids.

If Governor Cuomo is serious about wanting to “investigate and prosecute wrongdoing,” then exposing the breach of trust at Ground Zero would send the loudest possible message to those who think nothing of it and believe they got away with it.

The links below are prime examples of corruption in high places. We will elaborate later today, but what it all boils down to is simple: As long as politicians are unwilling to admit that mistakes have been made, and rationalize that what’s done is done, there is no hope of cleaning up the corruption that is rampant and invincible, because the only thing that can stop it is the truth.


Commercial Observer

Port Authority Eyes Brokerages as 4 Times Square Vacancy Looms


Downtown Express

Deal is near to keep 3 W.T.C. construction going


BloombergBusinessweek

World Trade Center Damages Ruling Nears in Silverstein Case

New York Daily News

World Trade Center owners’ bid to sue airlines for 9/11 attacks blocked

“We will not rest until we have exhausted every option to insure that the aviation industry’s insurers pay their fair share toward the complete rebuilding of the World Trade Center,” Silverstein’s statement declared. When will the media start talking about Silverstein’s “fair share?”


Washington Post (AP)

Round-the-clock work as World Trade Center transportation hub takes shape…

Curbed New York

Is WTC’s Transit Hub ‘The Grandest’ Or Even ‘Worth It’ At All?


Star-Ledger

Watchdog group calls for transparency in Port Authority budget

2013-07-17T23:56:20+00:00 July 17th, 2013|Vol. 2, No. 28 —|

Asking Too Much?

Photo: iStockphoto | LuisFidelAyerves

Governor Cuomo wants to clean up New York. “We must root out corruption in politics and government,” he said, when announcing the formation of a new commission to ensure accountability in government and restore the public’s confidence and trust.

Is it asking too much to start with the corruption that robbed the American people of the world-famous skyline that should have been restored? Albany alone did not create the travesty we now see — but Albany alone could have prevented it.

Until a forensic audit has been done at Ground Zero, other efforts to come clean are merely cosmetic.


Downtown Express

Money’s no object at the 9/11 Memorial

This opinion piece concludes that the one question we should all be asking is, “How did this ever get so out of control?” But the answer is no mystery. It is written in the confused and misleading narrative, as well as in and between the lines of all the comments that follow it.

Specifically: Defile and defeat the democratic process, while professing to honor it; misappropriate billions of public dollars, while refusing to give an accounting; use a lazy, gullible media to misdirect attention away from the truly despicable culprits; rely on the “expert” opinion of those who make the facts fit their agendas.

The worst part isn’t just that money is no object at the Memorial, but far more damning, it is the will of the people that is no object at the WTC — as the 1776-foot tombstone, the banished Koenig Sphere, the confiscation of the precious remains, the generic waterfalls, the extravagant transit hub, and the rest of the disappointing site attest.

In other words, the place where thousands of people were murdered for being Americans, is Ground Zero for our democracy. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Governor Cuomo would address that head on?


Governor Cuomo’s Press Office

Governor Cuomo Appoints Moreland “Commission to Investigate Public Corruption

2013-07-03T20:39:36+00:00 July 3rd, 2013|Vol. 2, No. 26 —|