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9/11 'LIES' HANG IN THE AIR

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9/11 'LIES' HANG IN THE AIR

By JOHN MAZOR and LEONARD GREENE

August 20, 2007 -- Angry lower Manhattan residents who find themselves reliving the 9/11 nightmare say reassurances about air quality following the weekend blaze at the Deutsche Bank building are simply not enough.

"Residents were told after 9/11 that air was safe," said Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. "Well, we found out how untrue that was."

Officials, including Gov. Spitzer, said tests for asbestos and other contaminants during and after the fire were negative.

City environmental officials said 57 air samples near the building have tested negative for asbestos since the blaze.

But Stringer said residents need to see the results for themselves.

"This community in particular needs reassurance beyond one test result," Stringer said.

Two firefighters perished Saturday in the seven-alarm fire that brought back eerie memories of the terrorist attacks.