NYC Short $3M for 9/11 Memorial

Port Authority refuses to pay
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2011 8:49 AM CDT
The memorial pools of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum are seen in this overhead view, Monday, June 20, 2011 at the World Trade Center site in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – New York’s long-awaited 9/11 Memorial is supposed to open in just a couple months, but officials still need another $3 million to finish the thing—and Port Authority says it won’t pay. “I’m going down to City Hall today to make it clear that somebody else is going to have to find the $3 million,” Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward tells the New York Post.

The money would go to finish such essential elements as a security fence and a visitor check-in area. Port Authority has already kicked $4 million into the project, with state and federal governments chipping in another $5 million. “It’s an enormously complex operation,” Ward said. “You’re seeing construction estimates change and grow over time.”

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