City Of New York Concedes 9/11 Coalition Has 30,000 Valid Signatures To Put Referendum For 9/11 Investigation On November Ballot

NYC CAN Breaking News Bulletin - FORWARD WIDELY
September 10, 2009

New York – In a last minute decision, lawyers for the City of New York have conceded that the New York City Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC CAN), a group comprising 9/11 family members, first responders and survivors, indeed did submit over 30,000 valid signatures to put the referendum for a new 9/11 investigation before the voters of New York City this November.

In an earlier letter from the City Clerk dated July 24, 2009, the City had claimed only 26,003 signatures were valid, 3,997 short of the requisite 30,000. The City’s concession that over 30,000 of the 52,000 signatures submitted were in fact valid paves the way for lawyers from both sides to argue the legality of petition.

Asked whether he thought NYC CAN could overcome the City’s challenge to the legality of the petition, legal counsel to the petitioners, Dennis McMahon, said, “Absolutely. Although the City has an incredibly successful record of shooting down ballot initiatives, we will be arguing from a fresh perspective that reflects the unprecedented events of 9/11. We believe the courts will see how critical an issue this is, and be persuaded with our legal reasoning and point of view.” A final determination on the legality of the petition will be reached in time for the referendum to be included on the November ballot should the petitioners prevail.

Representatives for NYC CAN, 9/11 family member Manny Badillo and Executive Director Ted Walter, arrived at the Board of Elections on the morning of Wednesday, September 9, to assist the court-appointed referee in commencing a line-by-line review of the disputed signatures, only to learn the referee’s review had been called off due to a last minute concession by the City. Mr. Badillo immediately got on the phone to inform others of the news.

“The City conceded we have 30,000 valid signatures. Big victory.”

The City’s concession comes as a result of the immense effort put forth by 50+ volunteers who gave more than 1,000 hours over a two week period from August 10 to August 25 to identify a total of 7,166 signatures that were wrongly invalidated by the NYC City Clerk and Board of Elections. On August 27, NYC CAN filed the 631-page Bill of Particulars cataloguing each of the 7,166 signatures it contended were in fact valid. NYC CAN submitted another 28,000 signatures on September 4 to guarantee the referendum will go on the ballot if they win the court case, bringing the total signatures submitted to 80,000.

631-page Bill of Particulars Filed on August 27

NYC CAN must deliver its memorandum of law in response to the City’s motion for summary judgment by Monday, September 21. The City will be given an opportunity to reply before the referee’s decision is made on Monday September 28. Fast-track appeals will likely follow no matter who wins. A final decision will have to be made by September 30.

If the referendum passes in November, it would lead to the creation of a local, independent commission with subpoena power that would be tasked with comprehensively reinvestigating the attacks.

Thinkers think and talkers talk. Patriots ACT.


This makes the City Clerk look really bad. It shows an obvious attempt to try and block this initiate, seeing that the required number of signatures were in fact submitted. And it makes NYC CAN look all the stronger... Vindicated..... for now!

We need to show large support to help put this through...

Major Victory

Congratulations, Manny and Ted.

This is great news! All the hard work paid off - it was obvious that the City clerks erred in their count and in what they considered a valid signature. A line by line count by the referee would have been a waste of time and he knew it.


I hope NYC Can is making new friends in the clerks office & inside NYC GOV.

Keep up the mature, professional work!

Amazing news...

...I am simply ecstatic over this news. Now to get its legality established and then onto November. WE CAN DO THIS! NYC CAN!

"Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government." -The Declaration of Independence


Is the flyer I will be handing out tomorrow at Ground Zero (here's the BW).

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?

Great News

The hard work is paying off. I applaud everyone involved in getting this far. And a big middle finger to the NYC City Clerk!

In Their Own Words

Excellent, this is a true victory.

Congratulations to all involved.


No, not the news service, the wire...

Well, well...

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?


This is tremendously huge news!

You've been able to keep the ball in play and are now running straight towards the goal, all puns intended!

Take your power drinks and suit up for the home stretch!

We're rooting you.


Who sits on the new investigatory committee if this should be approved by the voters?

Doesn't everybody already have a strong opinion one way or the other?

Where do unbiased investigators come from?

How are investigators protected from retribution?

Thinking Ahead

Great questions. We need to start thinking ahead and have a strategy in place. For example, what will be the strategy if we find the investigation is being co-opted by another whitewash panel?

Also, strategy is important

It seems to me that basic strategy will be most important -- assuming the commission actually comes about. I can only hope that this is well thought out already -- stuff like, especially, who to begin with, for questioning, and how to handle public relations. Most of us may not be too savvy about this sort of thing. I know I am not. But I sure hope the folks in charge of this are really good at it. There are millions of potential pitfalls.

Absolutely ...

... amazing.

By the way...

I made about 500 images for Ted today to get the middle one just right (more like 8). :)

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?

It appears...

That Dennis McMahon is a lawyer for 9/11 Truth (I made that image to)? :)

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?

the election

Contratulations, NYCCAN. You might want to get in touch with BradFriedman and Bev Harris to learn how to ensure an honest ballot count.


Momentum Truth.

Just In! Post this on front page please

Charlie Sheen's Video Message to President Obama::

Hoping for some neutral coverage

As I've said, I believe that mainstream coverage of the initiative may be it's best outcome. I don't think that the initiative will stand up to the coming legal challenge, but here's hoping that there are a few honest news organizations willing to acknowledge that this is a story.


September 21st is the day it needs to be turned in, and I'm looking at my calender on the wall, and it says, on that day, it is, appropriately: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE.
9-11-01, was what the war profiteers hung their hat on for infinite war.

There are insufficient words to thank all of you that have worked to make this happen. It is truly a historic moment.

The most severe form of learning disorders are owned by those that "already know everything."

Another point. It would be

Another point. It would be worthwhile to call the press, the NYT to get pictures, and also be accompanied by numerous family members of those who lost loved ones. This moment

needs honoring. Also, the larger the crowd that comes with, the more powerful will be the support, and momentum will build. There needs to be as much positive energy mixed into

this effort, as possible, because there is going to be powerful efforts to yank it off the table. The energy of NYC is needed as part of this. PLEASE encourage everyone in the city to be

part of this moment. It is especially important so that all will see that our need for answers, and the eyebrow raising is as legitimate as anything ever was.

The most severe form of learning disorders are owned by those that "already know everything."

Good news

and likewise well timed. Are you seeing this Pat @ SLC? BTW, no matter the outcome, NYCCAN was the right thing to do. The intentions were right.


Congrats to 911 blogger as well! You folks deserve some credit too!

Now lets make this happen in November!!

March For Answers - NYC - Sept. 26

there were many highlights at the WE DEMAND TRANSPARENCY forum in NYC this weekend.

Ted Walter and the NYC CAN rally was one of them.

There were fliers announcing that on Saturday September 26th @ 1:00 PM
there will be a March for the referendum vote campaign from Union Square to City Hall..

The power is not in what "they" do.. but in what we do..

take heart.. this movement will not end..

thanks to everyone's united efforts for truth and freedom..


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