Cuomo and the World Trade Center issue that isn’t going anywhere
Governor Andrew Cuomo has bigger fish to fry at the moment than the pace of development at the World Trade Center site. But if things don't get moving soon, after Cuomo very conspicuously affected regime change Port Authority, which oversees the site, the issue may start to become problematic for him.
In an editorial today (which sounds suspiciously like the beginning of a campaign) entitled "Museum Madness," the New York Post wrote:
Uh-oh: It’s starting to look like deja vu all over again at Ground Zero — with its endless delays and staggering cost overruns.
It’s time for someone to take charge.
And seeing as how Gov. Cuomo eliminated former Port Authority boss Chris Ward, the fellow who got things more or less shipshape, it’s now up to him to get the project back on course."
The editorial refers to an ongoing dispute between the Port Authority, run by Cuomo and Governor Chris Christie, and the September 11 Museum Foundation, chaired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, over some $150 in cost overruns.
Thanks to the dispute, work has been basically at a standstill since last year, meaning that the museum will not be open as planned in 2012, and a lot of contractors won't get paid in the meantime.
Back in the day, the site was sometimes called "Pataki's Pit." Today, the New York Post suggests a new name, if things remain stalled for much longer: "Cuomo's cavern."