New 9/11 Probe Looks Headed for NYC Ballot

Group has enough valid signatures for Nov. referendum: city
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2009 8:43 PM CDT
Firemen are seen in the burning shell of the World Trade Center in this Sept. 11, 2001, file photo.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A New York City group has secured enough valid signatures to put a referendum on the November ballot to force a new investigation into the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. A press release from the New York City Coalition for Accountability Now says city lawyers conceded today that at least a requisite 30,000 of some 52,000 collected by the group were legal.

“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,” says a lawyer for NYC CAN, which was founded by first responders and survivors of and family members of victims of the attacks. Passage of the referendum, the release notes, would create “a local, independent commission with subpoena power that would be tasked with comprehensively reinvestigating the attacks.”