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Downtown Express

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    BY JOHN BAYLESOccupy Wall Street

    once again made its pres-ence felt at Zuccotti Park when on Saturday, to mark the movements six-month anniversary, protesters returned to the park once considered their home-base. At the end of the day, a reported 73 people were arrested after the NYPD announced that the park was closing and ordered the crowd to disperse.

    As midnight neared, the mostly peaceful day turned into a scene that resembled the groups eviction last November when protesters were forcibly removed from the park so the proprietors of the privately owned public space, Brookfield Properties, could clean it.

    Stephen Calkins, a mem-ber of the O.W.S. direct action working group who was arrested early Sunday morning, said it was the

    Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess

    Green was not the only color on Saturday

    Cabbies, locals protest W.T.C. security plan

    Continued on page 4

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    RECTOR PARK, P. 14

    BY ALINE REYNOLDS Financial District resi-

    dents who live near the World Trade Center arent the only ones bemoan-ing the NYPDs proposed security plan for the site.

    Cab drivers who have seen the plan are vowing to stay out of Downtown alto-gether if the checkpoints and other security mea-sures are implemented as planned. Some of the driv-

    ers attended a public hear-ing held last Wed., March 14 at the Department of City Planning to voice their concerns.

    By 2019, when the W.T.C. site is expect-ed to be fully built out, police will be screening all cars seeking to enter or pass through the site and will restrict vehicular access along Greenwich, Washington, Vesey, Fulton

    O.W.S. arrests lead to local pols support

    Continued on page 9

    The Hudson was awash with color on Saturday for Holi, a traditional Indian festival that marks the arrival of spring with people throwing colored water and powder on each other. Page 13.

  • 2 downtown expressMarch 21 - 27, 2012

    Patrick Foye, former deputy secre-tary for economic development for State Governor Andrew Cuomo, took the helm last fall as executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, owner of the World Trade Center and construction manager of parts of the site. In an exclusive interview with the Downtown Express on Thursday, March 15, Foye spoke about the recent financial audit of the agency and all things W.T.C.


    How is the recent audit of the Port Authority affecting your daily decision-mak-ing about the agencys future?

    The short-term answer is, since I arrived, I have put a number of fi nancial and operat-ing checks and balances in place that didnt exist beforehand, and thats to make sure that there is greater accountability and transpar-ency on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis. Obviously, the report uncovered and revealed a poorly coordinated capital planning process, inadequate cost controls and less-than-ideal transparency and oversight. On a more long-term basis, we are in the midst of a Phase II review [for which] we are going to go through a rigorous review of all our capital spending in every one of our line businesses.

    How do you plan to secure funding moving forward from the different W.T.C. parties to help ensure that the Port averts cost overruns in the future?

    Since I got here on Nov. 7, Ive been focused on making sure the Port Authority is in a position to collect every dollar of

    revenue that has been promised to us. Were not going to be advancing funds or spend-ing funds unless theyve been approved as required by the Board of Commissioners here, and where there is solid documentation that clearly sets out our obligations and the obligations of our counter-parties.

    But how are you going to make sure the parties hold to their fi nancial commitments moving forward?

    We are systematically going through the list of third-party stakeholders, [and] were in discussions [with them] to clarify and fi rm up their obligations and commitments to pay the Port Authority.

    New Port chief addresses audit, W.T.C. in exclusive interview

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    Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

    Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess

    Anne Frank Center USA opensOn Thurs., March 15, the Anne Frank Center USA at 44 Park Place opened its doors to the public. Fore more information visit According to the centers brochure, Through a variety of innovative programs and exhibitions, the Center uses Anne Frank as a role model to inspire students, educators and citizens to help build a world bases on mutual respect.

  • downtown express 3March 21 - 27, 2012

    PANEL TO HOST ONE MORE MEETING ON CANCER The World Trade Center Health Programs Scientific

    and Technical Advisory Committee (S.T.A.C.) is allowing for further public comment on the types of cancer to be considered under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, via a telephone and web conference. The conference is set for Wed., March 28 from 1:10 p.m. to 1:55 p.m.

    The comments could influence the S.T.A.C.s decisions before its final recommendation is sent to the bills health administrator, Dr. John Howard, by Monday, April 2. Up to 300 people may participate in the conference and will be allotted time slots on a first-come, first-served basis. To join in on the conference, dial 1-800-593-0693 and provide the following code: 4447238. Each participant will be granted up to five minutes for comment.

    For further instructions and information about the meeting, visit


    Worby Groner Edelman & Napoli Bern, the law firm that secured more than $200 million for the approxi-mately 10,000 Ground Zero workers from the city in a federal court settlement in November of 2010, will

    not be representing 9/11 survivors applying for com-pensation under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

    The firm made the decision once its attorneys realized they couldnt bill the clients involved in the settlement, according to the article.

    Despite the Zadroga legislation, the bill passed by Congress not only prevents us from getting paid for our services but even prevents us from being reimbursed for our expenses and overhead, according to a March 5 letter signed by Bill Groner, a partner at the law firm.

    The firm is referring the victims to Barasch & McGarry and Kreindler & Kreindler, both whom Groner says has experience with 9/11 clients.

    John Feal, head of the 9/11 advocacy group the FealGood Foundation, was angry that Groner didnt give the clients prior notice before making their decision.

    They knew for a long time they werent going to be able to represent them, said Feal. The fact that they waited so long is a disservice to the 9/11 community.


    On Saturday, runners and the fans that cheer them

    DOWNTOWN DIGESTNEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-9, 12-17

    EDITORIAL PAGES . . . . . . . . . . 10-11

    YOUTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

    ARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 - 20, 22-23

    CLASSIFIEDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

    C.B. 1MEETINGSA schedule of this weeks upcoming Community

    Board 1 committee meetings is below. Unless otherwise noted, all committee meetings are held at the board offi ce, located at 49-51 Chambers St., room 709 at 6 p.m.

    ON MON., MAR. 26: The Housing Committee will meet.

    ON TUES., MAR. 27: The Full Board will hold its monthly meeting at Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza; use the 3 Spruce St. entrance.

    Relics of the citys past uncovered on Fulton St.BY ALINE REYNOLDS

    As the city rips apart Fulton Street and Peck Slip in the South Street Seaport to install new water mains, a team of arche-ologists has discovered a trove of hidden artifacts. While the relics are informing knowledge about the past, theyre also pres-suring archeologists to crack larger puzzles concerning the neighborhoods rich, com-plex history.

    Most recently, on Mon., March 12, Chrysalis Archeology President Alyssa Loorya, the archeologist overseeing the Downtown excavation, uncovered a por-tion of an 18th-century stone wall in front of 40 Fulton St. that is believed to have belonged to the estate of either the Van Tienhovens or the Van Cortlandts, two wealthy Dutch merchant families who came to New Amsterdam in the 17th century. The fi nding is one of a slew of recent discover-ies Looryas team has made since fall 2009, when the city Department of Design and Construction began the Fulton Street recon-struction project.

    The wall is one of three walls and two wells the archeologists have found under-neath Fulton Street that is suspected to have come from the same residential estate, according to Loorya.

    Which estate the structures come from is still an unknown, however, since the arche-ologists have yet to determine the boundary line that once sep