NYC mayor wants to abolish WTC planning agency

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's mayor is criticizing the pace of rebuilding at ground zero in an op-ed column.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he wants Gov. David Paterson to dismantle the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., saying too many agencies are complicating the rebuilding process. He also says that the agency that owns ground zero should scale back its design for a transit hub and promise to build the Sept. 11 memorial by 2011.

His remarks were published in The Wall Street Journal Wednesday.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is issuing new budget estimates and deadlines this month for all ground zero projects. Agency spokesman Stephen Sigmund says the agency is trying to finish every project on the site as quickly as possible.

Paterson's office did not immediately comment.

Volunteer TV will have complete live Web-streamed coverage of 9/11 memorials at Ground Zero and the Pentagon on starting at 8:00 a.m. Thursday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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