Ward to Silver: WTC Transparent Enough; Silverstein Begs To Differ (Updated)

As the local representative for Manhattan and one of the most powerful people in state government, Sheldon Silver quite often gets his way with regard to decisions downtown. So it was a bit surprising today to hear Mr. Silver, at a rare Assembly hearing that he convened and led, call for new third-party oversight at the World Trade Center rebuilding project, only to be (politely) rebuffed by the Port Authority, which owns the site.

Speaking in an Assembly hearing room at 250 Broadway in Lower Manhattan, Mr. Silver suggested to Chris Ward, the Port Authority’s executive director, that the project was in need of an independent party that could monitor the timelines and construction at the site, so as to bring attention to any delays or inter-agency problems.  read more »

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