NYC CAN Submits 28,000 More Signatures To Get Referendum For 9/11 Investigation On The November Ballot

September 8, 2009
NYC CAN Submits 28,000 More Signatures To Get Referendum for
9/11 Investigation on the November Ballot
On Friday, September 4, the New York City Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC CAN) submitted 28,000 petition signatures as a supplement to the 52,000 signatures submitted on June 24 calling for a citywide referendum on the creation of a local, independent commission to investigate 9/11.

Over the last 25 years, every ballot initiative in New York City has been blocked on grounds of legal technicality, with the exception of the 1993 initiative to establish term limits for NYC elected officials, whose supporters also had to go to court to prove the initiative legal. With 80,000 New Yorkers having signed this petition, the City’s ongoing attempt to stop this referendum from going on the ballot is yet another blatant affront to the democratic ideals upon which this great nation was founded.

On July 24, the NYC City Clerk reported to the City Council that only 26,003 signatures from the submission of 52,000 signatures were valid. In response, NYC CAN filed suit and on Thursday, August 27 submitted a Bill of Particulars cataloguing 7,166 additional signatures that NYC CAN contends should be deemed valid.

The court-appointed referee will begin a line-by-line review of the disputed signatures on Wednesday, September 9, and is scheduled to complete the review by Friday, September 18. If the referee and court accept at least 3,996 of the disputed signatures as valid – meeting the requisite number of 30,000 signatures – and if 15,000 of the 28,000 signatures from the September 4 submission are deemed valid, the only remaining hurdle to getting the referendum on the ballot will be the ongoing court case over the legality of the petition.

The timetable for addressing the petition’s legality will be set in a meeting on Thursday September 10. The schedule should allow time for an appeal from either side in order to guarantee a final determination by the end of the month.

Once the schedule for the court case is set, NYC CAN will announce one or more rallies and events in the second half of September to demonstrate the tremendous public support that exists for a new, impartial investigation. NYC CAN calls upon all those who can be in lower Manhattan to join in solidarity with the 9/11 families, first responders, survivors and 80,000 New Yorkers to say loud and clear: no longer will we tolerate a government that ignores the will of its people. For the 3,000 who died on that day, the hundreds who have died since, and those still suffering today, 9/11 must be properly investigated.  

The Bill of Particulars was assembled with the help of 50+ volunteers who gave more than 1,000 hours over a two-week period. On behalf of the petition’s 80,000 signatories, NYC CAN offers its deepest thanks to these volunteers who worked long and hard to prevent the voters New York City from being silenced by their government.

Thinkers think and talkers talk.  Patriots ACT.

Great work

Rage, rage, against the dying of the light.

Good luck


Manny Badillo...

Just posted this on facebook. I don't know the details...

"Breaking News! New York City officials concede has enough valid signatures to proceed w/ the legal process to place the precedent-setting referendum on Nov.’s ballot, before they even started the recount of our hard work to verify over 7,000 signatures! We continue to press for the intent of the voter as we move to the next stage of litigation. The will of We The People – 80,000 New Yorkers - will be heard"

Edit: According to Manny, "Release to follow soon - check the Web site by this evening. Litigation will proceed to argue the details and legality of the petition the City has issue with."

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? Do we deserve to know how and why 9/11 happened?

Thanls for the good news, Jon

I'm eagerly awaiting the announcement!

This is great news

Keep us posted

According to...

Ted Walter... "The City conceded we have 30,000 valid signatures. Big victory."

$*@#!$*^# A RIGHT!



Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? Do we deserve to know how and why 9/11 happened?

I surely hope so. We can all help in this.

Not being a New York native, the rest of us have to sit idly by, watching as this goes on.
This movement is hugely important.
But there is something we can ALL do, no matter where we live: help by sending money to the movement there.
This is going to take a lot of money, fighting legal battles.
Let's all contribute.


Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? Do we deserve to know how and why 9/11 happened?