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WNYC News

Lawmakers Push to Extend 9/11 Health and Benefits Programs for 25 Years

Monday, September 08, 2014

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City congressional delegation are calling on Congress to extend the federal legislation for 9/11 victims and survivors until 2041.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Inside the September 11th Memorial Museum

Friday, May 16, 2014

The National September 11th Memorial Museum opens its doors to survivors and victims’ families this week and to the general public next Wednesday. New York Magazine architecture critic Justin Davidson takes us through his conflicting experience touring the museum.

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WNYC News

In Politics, Muslims Say It's Finally Their Moment

Thursday, October 24, 2013

After spending years in the political wilderness, being cast as outsiders -- even un-American -- Muslim New Yorkers are in an unfamiliar position: they're set to have power.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inside the Political Struggle to Rebuild the World Trade Center

Monday, August 19, 2013

Elizabeth Greenspan talks about the tension between commerce and commemoration at the World Trade Center site. Plans to rebuild at the site often have been conflicting, and there have been disagreements over what the site should represent and what it should become. In Battle for Ground Zero: Inside the Political Struggle to Rebuild the World Trade Center, based on years of Greenspan’s reporting on Ground Zero for the Atlantic Monthly and other publications, she details the building of One World Trade Center.

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WNYC News

City Sifts Debris for 9/11 Remains

Monday, April 01, 2013

The New York City medical examiner’s office will resume its search for human remains from the World Trade Center site. The office hopes advances in DNA identification technology may help identify all 2,753 people who died in the 9/11 attack in New York.

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WNYC News

Survivors of 2 Terror Attacks at World Trade Center Remember the First

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

“The ground shook, the windows broke out, no one knew what happened, we just saw a lot of black soot coming from the vents." — Both women survived the first World Trade Center bombing that killed six and injured more than 1,000. They again found themselves at Ground Zero on September 11.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Beyond Ground Zero

Friday, May 11, 2012

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Features

Park 51 Opens Renovated Space with Photo Exhibit of NYC Immigrant Children

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The developers of the Islamic community center near Ground Zero will open the controversial space to the public for the first time Wednesday night. The community center will showcase a 169-image photo exhibition by Danny Goldfield entitled “NYChildren” in the newly renovated space.

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WNYC News

New Push to Build a Mosque Near Ground Zero

Monday, August 01, 2011

Despite the worldwide controversy that erupted last year over Sharif El-Gamal’s plan to develop a mosque and Muslim cultural center near the World Trade Center site, El-Gamal is spearheading a new effort to make the proposal a reality.

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WNYC News

For Cancer-Stricken, 9/11 Health Benefits Are Just Out of Reach

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Kirk Arsenault, 47, was a top-rate demolisher when he was hired to remove debris at Ground Zero after the September 11, 2001, attacks. Now, he says he takes 27 types of medication to treat a host of ailments — and the release of a report this week that found no link between the terror attacks and cancer could mean he wont be eligible for compensation from the Zadroga Act.

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WNYC News

Family of September 11 Victims Criticize Plan for Unidentified Remains

Sunday, April 03, 2011

A group of family members who lost loved ones on September 11 criticized plans to have thousands of unidentified victim remains placed underground at the museum at the former World Trade Center site.

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WNYC News

Judge Hears Arguments to Block Park51 Islamic Center Near Ground Zero

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A State Supreme Court judge heard arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit meant to block development of Park51, the proposed mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero. But he often seemed skeptical of arguments made by the plaintiff and suggested he did not want to challenge the authority of city administrators who had cleared the way for the controversial project.

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Features

New 9/11 Time-Lapse Documentary Debuts at Sundance

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Though it may not have won the big documentary award at Sundance, Jim Whitaker's "Rebirth" is likely to be of special note to New Yorkers: it's a new documentary about 9/11 and Ground Zero.

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The Empire

Defending Park51

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Bloomberg’s speech last night, in defense of Park51.

This was, according to Bloomberg’s office, the first time reporters were allowed to cover the mayor’s annual Iftar dinner at Gracie Mansion.

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WNYC News

Progress at the World Trade Center

Friday, September 10, 2010

The memorial observance is taking place in Zuccotti Park, kitty corner from the World Trade Center site. This past year, the site has gone through a dramatic transformation as structures have finally started emerging from the ground. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has the latest on the progress of the rebuilding.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Steve Rosenbaum on the Memorial at Ground Zero

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Documentarian Steve Rosenbaum discusses his project: videotaping and photographing construction at the memorial center at Ground Zero. An article about his work, "Inside the Future 9/11 Reliquary," appears in the September 13 issue of New York magazine.  Rosenbaum is also the director of the acclaimed documentary film "7 Days in September," which combined his own video footage with donated video footage of New Yorkers dealing with the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

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The Empire

'I Should Not Express My Own Views'

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

With Ground Zero as a backdrop, Michael Bloomberg was on Good Morning America today defending the Park51 project - a proposed Islamic cultural center slated to open two blocks from where the World Trade Center once stood.

"The government should never get involved in restricting what you can say…this is a first amendment issue," Bloomberg said.

On whether he personally supports the plan, Bloomberg said, "I'm the government. And I should not express my own views."

Which sounds like what Obama said.

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The Empire

NYT: NYers Split on Park51, But Not Voting on It

Friday, September 03, 2010

Trends in the NYT poll on New Yorker's attitude to the Park51 project.

From the New York Times poll today about people's attitudes towards building an Islamic center near Ground Zero:

38 percent of those who expressed support for the plan to build it in Lower Manhattan said later in a follow-up question that they would prefer it be moved farther away, suggesting that even those who defend the plan question the wisdom of the location.

And, despite the ability for New York politicians to garner national attention on the issue, it's not on top of New Yorkers' voting agenda.

Even though both Republican candidates for New York governor, Rick A. Lazio and Carl P. Paladino, have sought to make the Islamic center an issue in the race, two-thirds of those polled said it would have no influence on how they made their choice for governor. The poll showed that the economy and jobs remained the most pressing concerns.

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The Empire

Q Poll Focuses on Park51; Lazio, Sometimes, Doesn't

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Rick Lazio, and David Malpass, at a Tea Party 365 candidate forum. (Azi Paybarah / WNYC)

Just a little more about the Q poll and Park51 debate:

The Quinnipiac poll today is likely to guarantee the Park51 debate will get more than enough coverage inside the daily papers tomorrow -- and by that, I mean right now -- even though some of the editorial pages have been criticizing candidates for focusing too much on the issue.

The person often credited with being one of the first to oppose the project is Rick Lazio, the GOP candidate for governor who has gone all over national TV and radio talking about the issue. In fact, he's been so attached to the issue that critics say it's overshadowed the other stuff he should be talking about.

The Post fired a warning shot across Lazio's bow, warning him to talk about issues voters care about, which they said his rival, Carl Paladino, is doing.

The Daily News said Lazio was "shameless and shameful in exploiting passions over a planned Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero."

And the New York Times editorial board was equally direct: "New Yorkers should be offended by Mr. Lazio’s attempt to exploit ground zero images for political gain."

Lazio, I think, has re-calibrated his message.

During a Tea Party forum last night, Lazio was asked how he would protect New York State from terrorists. Lazio spoke about expanding the Ring of Steel security initiative in Lower Manhattan, and fixing the broken security cameras in train stations. He also said cellphone reception underground should be improved, so people could text law enforcement if they see something suspicious, thus ensuring a "real time" response to any potential threat.

At no point during his answer did he mention Park51, even though his campaign aides ads seek to tie the project to September 11, Hamas and terrorists.

But in a scrum with reporters after the event, Lazio said he wasn't changing his focus away from Park51. He said he doesn't need to change the perception held by "the editorial boards" because "I think this is about where the people of New York are."

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The Empire

Q Poll: Cuomo Should Look into Park51 Funding

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

So, this will probably keep the Park51 debate going a little bit longer in the governor's race.

A new Quinnipiac poll
finds a majority of Democrats - 65-25 percent - say they want Andrew Cuomo to investigate funding for the group looking to build an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio has been tying Cuomo to the issue, and an AP story noted that Cuomo has been notably quiet about his support for the developers.

But editorial boards, like The Daily News and New York Post, have criticized Lazio for campaigning too much on this issue, and not discussing other topics more directly related to the day-to-day functions of governing New York.

At a lengthy Tea Party event in midtown yesterday, Lazio barely mentioned the issue.

Anyway, more from the poll:

54-40 % say Muslims have a right to build a mosque near Ground Zero "because of American freedom of religion."

53-39 % say the Muslim group "should not be allowed" to build a mosque there "because of the opposition of Ground Zero relatives."

71-21 % say developers "should voluntarily build the mosque somewhere else," because, "of the opposition of Ground Zero relatives."

71-22 % say AG Andrew Cuomo should investigate the financing of the mosque.

And 65-25 % of Democrats say that Cuomo should look into the mosque's financing.

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