It Doesn’t Add Up

2018-02-14T12:56:01+00:00 Vol. One, Issue No. 41|
Updated: 02/14/18

The interview in the video clip above was conducted last week, but came to our attention on the 10th. Rather than append it to last week’s news we are featuring it here — because, as the anchor, Gerri Willis, concluded “…it’s an important story.” But that is nothing new. The project hasn’t added up since the beginning — and that is a very important story.

In fact, back in May of 2006, when Attorney General Eliot Spitzer was campaigning for the Governorship he won and then lost, he called the redevelopment of Ground Zero “an Enron-style debacle” and added: “Let me be very clear, the L.M.D.C. is an absolute failure. They violated their duty to the public and to those they’re supposed to be representing…”

Just days before, Enron former chief executive Jeffrey Skilling and founder Kenneth Lay were both found guilty of conspiracy and fraud in what CNNMoney called “the granddaddy of all corporate fraud cases.” How does a statement like that, by a sitting Attorney General, on his way to the Governor’s Mansion, fail to generate severe scrutiny?

Eliot Spitzer knew what he was saying and neither politics nor his personal failings can explain that away. It is fair to say that if only he had followed up on his charges billions of dollars would not have been squandered and he would have changed the course of history. But he was just one of the many weak links in the chain of command that shackled the public to a World Trade Center that is a mere shadow of what it might have been.

Now, it may be too late to correct the mistakes, but will never be too late to get to the bottom of how the public was ripped-off. The recent documentary, “16 Acres — The Movie” is a prime example of revisionist history. It’s time for the rest of the story.

The Port Authority’s Director of Construction, Steve Plate, and all of the construction workers on 1 WTC have done a superb job building a tower that is anything but superb. That is not just our opinion — the unsolicited comments that follow the Associated Press piece are testimony to that.

They built what they were told to build and no doubt most of them would have loved to build what most of the world wanted instead. But that is no reason to ignore the sordid truth. Mr. Plate can say the spire is the candle on the cake and that it is a milestone that signifies New York City is “better than ever.” And no matter how many times he and others repeat it and wish it were so, we all really know it’s not true.


The Huffington Post

One World Trade Center Spire To Arrive In New York City On Tuesday

NJ.com (AP)

Spire for One World Trade Center ferried across Hudson River