Somerset County Approves Grants for September 11 Memorial Trail

Michael Lynch, WESA radio
Somerset County is trying to find a way to connect the Flight 93 National Memorial with the Great Allegheny Passage as part of a 1,100-mile September 11 National Memorial Trail, which would link the World Trade Center and Pentagon with the Flight 93 crash site.

County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to use a $20,000 grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to contract Philadelphia consultant to Campbell Thomas & Co. to study routes stretching from Garrett to Shanksville in Somerset County. The County also committed a $10,000 match for the project.

Right now, the proposed routes are mainly on roadways, so consultants are studying potential safety hazards, according to Trail Coordinator Brett Hollern. He said results of the study should be released this summer.

“Ideally, the goal would be an off-road connection at some point in the future the whole way so we wouldn’t have to use any on-road routing,” Hollern said. Read More »

Posted in 9/11 Memorials | Comments closed

News Corp. and Fox Said to Consider Move to World Trade Center Site

Charles V. Bagli, New York Times

News Corporation and 21st Century Fox, two giant media companies controlled by Rupert Murdoch, are considering building a joint headquarters in a new 88-story skyscraper at the World Trade Center, real estate executives and government officials said this week.

The News Corporation building, which houses The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post, at 1211 Avenue of the Americas. CreditMichael Appleton for The New York Times

The News Corporation building, which houses The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post, at 1211 Avenue of the Americas. CreditMichael Appleton for The New York Times

If a deal is struck, the move by the companies from Midtown Manhattan to a new tower downtown would complete the rebuilding of the office complex destroyed on September 11, 2001. It would also solidify the transformation of Lower Manhattan into a technology and media hub and a lively residential community.

The companies, which include Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, have been in discussions for months with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site and the developer Larry A. Silverstein, who has the rights to build the fourth and last office tower at the site, known as 2 World Trade Center, according to the real estate executives and government officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been

“This move would establish media hegemony in Lower Manhattan,” said Mitchell Moss, a professor of urban planning at New York University. “News Corp. and Fox are in everyone’s living room. It removes any uncertainty that the new trade center would be a major economic engine, and it validates the 15-year effort to rebuild the World Trade Center.” Read More »

Posted in World Trade Center Rebuilding | Comments closed

Advocates Worry Money Will Run out for 9/11 Victims

Ridgely Ochs Newsday

Advocates praised the faster pace of awards from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, but said they worried there won’t be enough money left after it stops taking claims next year.

More than $1 billion in loss determinations — the amount people are eligible to receive — have been made to more than 4,400 people from the $2.775 billion fund, Special Master Sheila Birnbaum said in a report released Wednesday.

Of the 18,895 eligibility forms that have been filed, 11,771 can be decided, according to the fund. The VCF said it has approved close to 90 percent of those and has made compensation decisions on 75 percent of completed compensation claims. In a message accompanying the report, Birnbaum said the statistics “show that our work with claimants, attorneys, and third parties has resulted in improvements across the board.”

The fund, created under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, had been criticized in previous years for taking too long to process claims. In 2013, for example, about 1 percent of responders who had filed eligibility claims had received a decision. Read More »

Posted in Health Issues | Comments closed