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-- Wall Street Journal New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said that the State of New York to dismantle the agency in charge of planning a reconstruction of ground zero.
Because too much bureaucracy -- stalled reconstruction.
At the World Trade Center site.
Bloomberg is also chairman of the national September 11 memorial and museum at the World Trade Center.
And an -- he -- Most important a memorial must.
Be completed by the tenth anniversary no more excuses no more delays New York governor David Paterson and I are complete agreement on this subject.
The museum at ground zero has received 680 million dollars through federal and state funding.
And donations and when the museum opens it expects five million visitors a year.
For more on the emotional and economic impact the museum will have a lower Manhattan -- -- of Daniels works with Mayor Bloomberg and the president.
And CEO of -- of the November the national September 11 memorial.
-- polling from our author appalling -- in New York City traveled welcome welcome thank you -- give us the status on the memorial right now -- the good news is we just.
-- steel construction for the memorial last week beings are starting to rise from ground zero.
We've raised the money under the mayor's leadership to build the memorial and museum.
And he's right we have to open this memorial by the tenth anniversary when the entire world com is going to be focused on ground zero.
Huge portion of the funding has come from private contributions and things like that I think -- three -- 400 million.
Give us an idea of who's actually contributing.
You know it's everybody from the major Wall Street banks which of course were so impacted by 9/11 down to people that -- put in a dollar two dollars we took a 25 state tour last year all across the country.
And we collect the change of kids so this memorial is America's memorial that contributors represent the entire country.
And the entire world all fifty states have donated so.
We think it's it's.
And because something all Americans to be proud of absolutely appalling you know these places with these immense tragedy they've become tourist attractions how does that happen.
I think people need to feel a sense of closure and so they want to go to the places where these things have happened in some places and fortunately there's also the doctor phenomenon people -- -- go and and see this -- to the tragedy may be for -- reasons.
But I think the folks at the at the museum.
Are are taking the high road and they're they're creating what will be a lovely healing.
Work for people to visit I mean it is an iconic site in New York six million people come without this museum just to see the whole.
Where the World Trade Center once so what do you think the impact of this particular museum will have on sightseeing and in -- in the New York City.
Sensing and tourism in New York -- is already booming we had 46 million people visit last year the average hotel room in New York city's 325.
Dollars a night.
So I'm not sure -- the impact of the museum will be so great.
On the tourism in general but it'll be another star in the -- and firmament of of what we have to offer here in New York City.
The Joseph Watson is there was -- it's gonna attract they say at least five million visitors.
That should have some sort of economic impact the lower Manhattan at least I think absolutely that's the case I think a number of those visitors a good number will be incrementally new visitors.
Who -- to come to ground zero I think importantly it's the memorial is the heart will be the heart of a rebuilt World Trade Center site.
The full sixteen acres is being built out.
A lot of people like Larry Silverstein.
Our building right now -- -- building tremendous towers that will fuel the economic commercial growth of downtown.
He's already -- one building seven world trade senator and when -- sites down with all the new towers it's really going to be a true -- in New York City.
So there's got to be a dilemma on your side of five million people come that's a lot of money.
You know how do you handled the the distinction or maybe the thought that you guys are profiting off this incredible tragedy.
Or absolutely AAA 501 C three nonprofit.
I'm and I can attest to the fact that everybody who's working -- to memorial weather from our board were all volunteers to the staff.
Are doing this because we want to build a place that reminds people how this country came together in the aftermath to support one another and we want to -- -- memorial.
And polling you've actually visited the Oklahoma City memorial -- ground zero he has some of your experiences with us well there is -- there are centers set -- to visit if you want to come to ground zero there's the World Trade Center -- center which was started by.
Relatives of people involved in 9/11 and people who were there on the day and they lead.
-- moving tour -- I took a tour.
With the firefighter who was injured in 9/11 he was running from the buildings of last of their picked him up off -- -- And flung him a way and he's and he now has permanent disabilities no longer can be a firefighter but he leads these tourists.
And hearing it from someone who is the -- It -- and moving important thing to do when I I urge all visitors who come to New York City not to forget that part of our history.
Absolutely -- really appreciated thanks so much fallen thanks so much -- -- picture.
I should also mention that the Pentagon memorial opens today in and not in the flight 93 memorial in Shanksville Pennsylvania is scheduled to open and 2000 and.
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