April 17, 2014

Church Renews Fight Over Site

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Wall Street Journal A claim filed against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey by church leaders and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on Monday accused the agency, which is overseeing Ground Zero's rebuilding, of engaging in "arrogance, bad faith and fraudulent conduct" and "shabby and unlawful treatment." Under state law, the church is required to file a notice of claim against the Port Authority for some of its claims, and wait 60 days before it can go to court, according to Mark. G. Cunha, a lawyer for the church. In 2008, after years of discussions, the Port Authority and the church announced an agreement to rebuild the church, which was originally located on Cedar Street, on a nearby site on Liberty Street. As part of the deal, the Port Authority said it would pay $20 million toward the cost of the new church. Read the full article on the Wall Street Journal website. … [Read more...]

George Demos – Governor Pataki Ground Zero Press Conference

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Former Gov. Pataki, George Demos: We Must Rebuild Greek Orthodox Church At Ground Zero: Updated »

Source: New York Daily News By Celeste Katz (Many thanks to our Erik Badia for his help with this report:) Former Gov. George Pataki joined NY-1 congressional hopeful George Demos and clergy at the former site of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in an attempt to get stalled negotiations between the Port Authority and the church going again. "I'm calling on the Port Authority officials to sit down with the church leadership," Pataki said as he stood with Demos and Bishop Andonios of Phasiane. "We must rebuild St. Nicholas and we must do it here at the World Trade Center site," Pataki said. "It's incredibly disappointing to me that almost nine years later, not only is it not underway, but there haven't been negotiations between church officials and the Port Authority for over a year." Bishop Andonios said he is hopeful that with the help of Pataki and Demos, they can move talks forward on St. Nicholas: "It is a house of worship not simply for the Greek Orthodox … [Read more...]

Rebuilding at Ground Zero

The New York Times has a detailed story about the long-delayed rebuilding of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, crushed when the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed after the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001. The Times reports that the rebuilding effort is "a microcosm of the seven-year, $16 billion, problem-plagued effort to reconstruct the entire trade center site." Summary paragraph: The church wants the authority to provide roughly $55 million toward the estimated $75 million cost of rebuilding St. Nicholas. The Port Authority in turn wants the church to scale back its plans, move the location slightly and raise more money privately. … [Read more...]