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Port Authority continues its extortion of WTC museum Agency has stopped construction to plunder money from 9/11 nonprofit founda



Thursday, June 14, 2012, 4:10 AM


President Obama visited the finished WTC memorial on 9/11’s 10th anniversary. Will the Port Authority ever finish the WTC museum?

Two weeks ago, we warned the Port Authority and its masters, Govs. Cuomo and Chris Christie, that they would face “national embarrassment” if work on the 9/11 museum was not resumed before President Obama’s impending visit to the World Trade Center site.

No such luck. The President will inspect the project on Thursday, Flag Day, and the construction crews remain off the job.

Responsibility rests with the PA, led by Christie’s Chairman David Samson and Cuomo’s Executive Director Pat Foye.

They have been negotiating a deal to share construction costs with the foundation that oversees the museum and the Trade Center memorial, with Mayor Bloomberg’s team sitting on the foundation’s side of the table.

The 5 Most Contentious Exhibits in New York's Fraught September 11 Memorial Museum


The 5 Most Contentious Exhibits in New York's Fraught September 11 Memorial Museum

Rendering by Squared Design Lab, Courtesy of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum
A rendering of the 9/11 Museum pavilion
by Benjamin Sutton
Published: June 4, 2012
Given the hundreds of officials overseeing its creation, the thousands of victims' family members keenly watching its development, and the millions in New York and beyond who witnessed the events it commemorates, the level of scrutiny on the National September 11 Memorial Museum is unheard of, both in its scope and its sensitivity. A fascinating New York Times feature on the development of the massive 110,000-square-foot subterranean institution's permanent exhibition outlines the contraditions inherent in creating a display that both memorializes and historicizes, showing how such tensions — and input from innumerable parties — have guided curatorial decisions. In so doing, the article also more or less reveals exactly what will be included in the Museum's permanent exhibition when it opens — at a date that has been delayed again due to disputes over its financing. Here are the five most contentious exhibits visitors to the September 11 Memorial Museum will likely find.