Despite agreement, 9/11 kin frustrated over museum limbo
The recent roadblocks preventing the opening of the September 11th memorial museum appear to have been lifted, but relatives of the attacks victims say their patience is wearing thin.
On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Port Authority came to an agreement over the financing and final design phases for the long awaited underground museum that will feature photos of those killed on 9/11.
Under the arrangement, all parties agreed to try to secure federal funding and not put the projected $60 million a year price tag on taxpayers.
"Today's agreement puts in place a critical and long overdue safeguard to finally protect toll payers and taxpayers from bearing further costs, and, at the same time, put the project on a path for completion," Cuomo said.
Relatives and activists groups say they wait has been too long.
Alyson Low, 41 of Arkansas, whose sister Sara was a flight attendant on American Airlines flight 11, which crashed into the North Tower, said she was impressed with the Ground Zero memorial when she visited it for yesterday's anniversary services, but felt it wouldn't be complete without the museum.
"The names are beautiful, but we'd like to have the faces with the names," she said.
For now, the kin say the anniversary ceremony will help to continue to carry on the victims' memories.
"People are going to come here to remember their loved ones even if there wasn't a memorial planned," said Dennis McKeon, who runs the Sept. 11 victims' help group Where to Turn.