New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday that he will resist efforts by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to exert greater control over the Sept. 11 memorial at the World Trade Center site, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Journal reported last week that the Port Authority, jointly controlled by governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie, wanted more say over event planning and other activities at the memorial, which is overseen by a private foundation chaired by Mr. Bloomberg.
The memorial plaza and adjacent Sept. 11 museum “are going to be run by the foundation,” the mayor said at a news conference. “I don’t think anybody wants to turn over the … memorial and museum to political process.”
The Port Authority, which owns the site, proposed an oversight committee including gubernatorial representatives to monitor National September 11 Memorial & Museum foundation, including its finances. The agency and the foundation have been embroiled for months in a dispute over liability for cost overruns that has halted construction work on the museum.