NYC to Search for Sept. 11 Victim Remains
Three-Month Search Will Look at Ground Zero Material Found Over the Last Two Years
(CBS/AP) New York City officials are planning to search through material excavated from around the World Trade Center site for any remains of Sept. 11 victims.
The three-month endeavor is scheduled to start Friday at the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island. The material being searched was taken from the area around ground zero in the last two years.
If there are any possible remains found, the material will undergo testing at the city medical examiner's office.
Meanwhile, World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein and government agencies that control the trade center site have reached a deal to resolve a 16-month stalemate over rebuilding at ground zero, reports WCBS in New York.
The agreement will allow four office towers to be built, although one will be delayed indefinitely because of the poor economy.
The arrangement was announced by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey following a board meeting on March 25.
Construction is under way on 1 World Trade Center, a memorial and a transit hub, but other planned towers have been stalled in a financing dispute.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. David Paterson had planned a late afternoon news conference to discuss the deal.
In 1980, Silverstein won a bid from the Port Authority to construct 7 World Trade Center, to the north of the World Trade Center. Silverstein was interested in acquiring the entire World Trade Center complex, and put in a bid when the Port Authority put it up for lease in 2000. Silverstein won the bid when a deal between the initial winner and the Port Authority fell through, and he signed the lease on July 24, 2001, only weeks before the towers were destroyed in the September 11 attacks, reports reports WCBS in New York.
The search is expected to cost $1.4 million.