Construction not vandalism to blame at 9/11 memorial

The News Leader

August 18, 2010 12:14:51 PM PDT
Staten Island's "Postcards" World Trade Center memorial is undergoing repairs in preparation for this year's anniversary, leading the borough president to believe it had been recently vandalized.

But the memorial is actually undergoing repairs from vandalism committed eight months ago by a pipe wielding homeless woman who broke several plaques, which name the borough's victims.

The city's Economic Development Corporation removed the plaques to fix cracks and other damage in preparation for this year's Sept. 11th anniversary.

The contractor did not post a sign that the work was being done, leading the Staten Island Borough President to assume the memorial had been newly vandalized.

In fact, there was no new vandalism. Borough President James Molinaro today said he "jumped the gun" in assuming the missing plaques were from a new round of vandalism.

The repairs to the plaques will be completed by the end of the week. And the contractor posted a sign today notifying residents of the ongoing repairs.

The Economic Development Corporation has oversight of the monument and performs inspections and any maintenance ahead of the 9/11 memorial ceremony held there each year.