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Only BatteryPark.TV has pointed out that the executives who run Mike Bloomberg’s brainchild called the 9/11 Memorial rake in more than $400,000 per person in salary. Meanwhile, they charge $24 to visit the memorial as they sell beer and trinkets inside. It is a disgraceful money-generating tourist attraction.
Well, the families of the victims of 9/11 agree. In the Post today, “While the names of September 11 victims were being solemnly read aloud at Ground Zero on Friday, 9/11 Memorial officials were in Washington, DC, angling for cash from Congress.
The sparsely attended House hearing infuriated a group of 9/11 family members who say it was timed to gain “maximum sympathy” — and disrespected their lost loved ones.
“While families grieved at Ground Zero, they did a money grab in DC,” charged Sally Regenhard, whose firefighter son Christian was killed on 9/11. “To our shock, we found out about it by accident.”
The hearing never paused during five moments of silence and bell tolls at Ground Zero — at 9:03 a.m., 9:37 a.m., 9:59 a.m., 10:03 a.m. and 10:28 a.m. — times corresponding to a hijacked plane crashing or the Twin Towers falling. One panel member noted that the Capitol had observed a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane struck the WTC.
“It’s disgraceful that they did this [hearing] when they knew the families with dissenting voices are up here,” said retired FDNY Chief Jim Riches, whose firefighter son Jimmy died in the attacks. “This is all about them making money. They’ve turned it into a revenue-generating tourist attraction.”
The families helped block a bill in 2012 to give the memorial $20 million a year in federal funding. The group has complained about the steep salaries of memorial officials, the $24 museum admission fee and the storage of unidentified victim remains in the museum basement. It does not object to federal funding for the memorial but wants the National Park Service to run it.”
If I become the new City Council member for District 1, which covers the 9/11 memorial, I will demand accountability of these fat cats making millions from this “non-profit”.