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NY Squandered Billions in 9/11 Aid
NewsMax.com ^ | June 5, 2006 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 06/05/2006 7:17:55 AM PDT by Carl/NewsMax

New York politicians allowed up to one-third of the $20 billion in federal aid awarded to the city in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks to be squandered right under their noses, an analysis by the New York Daily News found last December.

But that hasn't stopped some of the same politicians from complaining all weekend about a mere $80 million cut in New York City's federal anti-terrorism budget.

Senators Hillary Clinton, Charles Schumer and Rep. Peter King say they're outraged over the new cuts, with Clinton and King teaming up to launch a post-card writing campaign against the Department of Homeland Security.

The bipartisan duo sounded a lot less angry six months ago, when the News uncovered evidence that billions in 9/11 cash had been misspent, gone unaccounted for and, in at least one case, was awarded to the Mafia.

"I pledge to do whatever has to be done to find out what happened and why," an uncharacteristically meek-sounding King said at the time.

Mrs. Clinton sounded similarly unruffled, offering only: "I think we need to pursue some of the leads . . . to make sure every penny is properly used."

The News study found that:

• Up to one-third of the $21.4 billion in 9/11 cash awarded to New York by the White House had been earmarked for major transportation projects that had no connection to the devastation caused on 9/11.

• $150,000 was awarded to a securities firm that had gone out of business before the 9/11 attacks - plus millions more from the fund was earmarked for formerly self-supporting projects.

• $10 million in 9/11 cash was embezzled by a senior member of the New York medical examiners office.

• A 9/11 "clean air program" ended up giving away 118,000 air conditioners, when its original budget covered only 5,000 units. Total cost overrun - $115 million.

• An "associate" of the Luchese crime family allegedly got a piece of the 9/11 pie, dividing up anticipated reconstruction contracts with other New York City crime families. One mobbed-up 9/11 worker was listed as a $58,000 per year employee - even though he was in jail at the time.

• A whopping $154 million in grants and tax exempt Liberty Bonds was awarded to a single business - the Bank of New York. That small piece of the 9/11 jackpot represents nearly twice the amount of cuts in New York City's federal anti-terrorism budget.

Perhaps Mrs. Clinton can take some time away from her efforts to browbeat the DHS into restoring the $80 million in anti-terror cuts - and give New Yorkers an update on what happened to the billions in 9/11 aid that was squandered on her watch.


TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: 911; aid; hillary; rino; rudy; rudyrino; squandered

1 posted on 06/05/2006 7:18:01 AM PDT by Carl/NewsMax
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To: Carl/NewsMax

New York - Louisiana on the Hudson.


2 posted on 06/05/2006 7:20:06 AM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

BTTT

Between corruption and liberalism...sit the senators from New York.


3 posted on 06/05/2006 7:20:29 AM PDT by SE Mom (God Bless those who serve.)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Corruption in New York - who knew?


4 posted on 06/05/2006 7:22:46 AM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

And they're worried about Omaha's 8 mil (or whatever low amount it is). Ha!


5 posted on 06/05/2006 7:23:29 AM PDT by synbad600
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Senators Hillary Clinton, Charles Schumer and Rep. Peter King...

It's Peter King tag teaming with the Clintons again.

6 posted on 06/05/2006 7:24:18 AM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Carl/NewsMax
$10 million in 9/11 cash was embezzled by a senior member of the New York medical examiners office.

Why is this person's head not on a pike outside Ground Zero or are they too important to the Chukie & Hillary re-election campaigns?

7 posted on 06/05/2006 7:25:54 AM PDT by pikachu (I do not see the glass as half full or half empty but as the Jack Daniels is gone and the ice melted)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

"NY Squandered Billions in 9/11 Aid"

Is this news? The only reason they did not squander trillions or quadrillions is that the aid offer was prudently held to the low bilions.


8 posted on 06/05/2006 7:27:57 AM PDT by hauerf
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To: Carl/NewsMax

the graft and the corruption that NYC goes through in a day NO hasn't gone through in its whole existence.


9 posted on 06/05/2006 7:29:30 AM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: JohnLongIsland

I wonder if government corruption was punishable by death if we'd have this sort of thing going on.

Certainly the populace is going to be fed up enough at some point to take matters into their own hands..


10 posted on 06/05/2006 7:32:11 AM PDT by IncPen (The Liberal's Reward is Self-Disgust)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Good job, Carl! That's a real service to the country, you're keeping track of the hypocritical b*stards in NY/NYC, especially King, Clinton and Schumer. What ungrateful loads!


11 posted on 06/05/2006 7:34:56 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds
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To: hauerf

They also would not fill out a form saying what the money will be used for, so the Gov would see who took the money.

Schumer and Hillary refused to file forms, BUT they took the money and spent it !!
They are CROOKS !!!


12 posted on 06/05/2006 7:35:20 AM PDT by Zenith
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Sheesh, like we didn't know this?
I seem to recall little tidbits like this being reported almost from day one of the cash flow to NYC after 9-11.

That being said I do take exception to the slam about the alleged 'Luchese crime family' and construction. It's a well known fact that in NYC most construction is controlled by ..ah.. 'Italians'. And I say, so what. If the buildings come in on time and on-or under budget, who gives a a rats patoot where the concrete comes from or who hauls away the debris? I also seem to recall the Sam Gravano owned a couple plumbing-heating companies -- all legally. And no customer got whacked for complaining about warranty work or a bill.

My point is the biggest crooks in NY (or anywhere for that matter) are the slimy pols, not the so-called mafia.

13 posted on 06/05/2006 7:45:12 AM PDT by Condor51 (Better to fight for something than live for nothing - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: Carl/NewsMax
I'd like to see what the 9/11 families think of Hitlary, Chucky Cheese and Bloombag cashing in on thier loved one's deaths.

Somehow, I don't think that will ever see the light of day.

14 posted on 06/05/2006 7:48:41 AM PDT by paulcissa (Only YOU can prevent liberalism.)
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To: Carl/NewsMax
Up to one-third of the $21.4 billion in 9/11 cash awarded to New York by the White House had been earmarked for major transportation projects that had no connection to the devastation caused on 9/11.

Who the hell allowed this and where is the damned GAO on this?

15 posted on 06/05/2006 7:48:56 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (The social contract is breaking down.)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Great report. I hope you sent this along to Rush and Sean.

Regards,
LH


16 posted on 06/05/2006 7:51:18 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Carl/NewsMax

I would like to see the underlying report rather than the summary put together to sell newspapers because while NYC certainly has its fair share of graft and corruption, my recollection is different than what the Daily News/NewMax has reported. For example, IIRC FEMA and not NYC was responsible for the air conditioners. Also, the entire $21.4 billion in transportion funding was not specifically earmarked for rebuilding transportation facilities damaged or destroyed in 09.11, and as a result, some of the funds were used to increase security throughout the entire system, which includes subways, buses, commuter trains (i.e., Metro North, LIRR, and PATH), bridges, tunnels, and two major airports. And again, IIRC, the Bank of New York did not receive approximately $154 million in liberty bonds for its own use, rather the BNY was involved with the underwriting and/or sale of the bonds to investors. I could be wrong in whole or in part, but that's my recollection.


17 posted on 06/05/2006 7:54:27 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: Carl/NewsMax

I watched Schumer on Fox this morning, he is a disgusting piece of Democrat garbage, whining and mewling his way through the so-called interview. His lies are in the all time high of leftist outrage and obnoxious politicians. He was allowed to ramble on and on with no questions of merit from the Fox trio. Liars, thy name is Democrat!


18 posted on 06/05/2006 7:59:50 AM PDT by Rockiette (Democrats are not intelligent!)
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To: Rockiette

LOL...you expect three NYC residents to question their boy? LOL..awwww....c'mon!


19 posted on 06/05/2006 8:03:28 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache ("Scientology is dangerous stuff,it's like forming a religion based around Johnny Quest and Haji.")
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To: Carl/NewsMax

any links to the original News article???


20 posted on 06/05/2006 8:04:15 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you're talking about real money.


21 posted on 06/05/2006 8:04:59 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

HMMMM *surprisingly* Schumer forgot to mention ANY of that when he was on Fox and Friends this morning.....just HMMMMMM....
susie


22 posted on 06/05/2006 8:05:25 AM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

When I saw the title, I was a little bit suspicious this wasn't from the NYT.


23 posted on 06/05/2006 8:07:20 AM PDT by George W. Bush
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To: Rockiette

I agree, the Friends didn't call him on any of it. For some reason they like him....
susie


24 posted on 06/05/2006 8:08:24 AM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: brytlea

Don't know why, but yes, really smells when they let the lefties drone on and on. I don't watch them too much anymore, I read all the great Freepers here, much better for the old blood pressure.


25 posted on 06/05/2006 8:13:36 AM PDT by Rockiette (Democrats are not intelligent!)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

New York politicians allowed up to one-third of the $20 billion in federal aid awarded to the city in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks to be squandered right under their noses, an analysis by the New York Daily News found last December.

That is impressive stuff. The DOD and the USDA used fight it over as the fiscal black holes in the Federal Government. But with the likes of Clinton, Schumer, and King, it looks like the Department of Homeland Security will give those other two money pits a challenge.


26 posted on 06/05/2006 8:22:06 AM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: Carl/NewsMax
"NY Squandered Billions in 9/11 Aid"

How much of that money found it's way into Hitlery's huge "war chest" that she keeps boasting about?
27 posted on 06/05/2006 8:27:47 AM PDT by Jameison
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To: Rockiette

Well, my bp is usually very low, so I watch them just to get it up to normal, then I come here! ;)
susie


28 posted on 06/05/2006 8:39:14 AM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

I would bet all I own every state did this. It is the way BIG GOV works. In Arkansas our little Hospital got a 75,000 TV that has video conference capability as did every other small hospital. Useless for homeland security But Hey the money was there the grants were written and the crap delivered. We will never use it.


29 posted on 06/05/2006 9:33:14 AM PDT by therut
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Well, now we know why the media was screamin so loud last week. They were afraid their favorite kickbacks would be lost....


30 posted on 06/06/2006 6:11:34 AM PDT by CSM ("Most men's inappropriate thoughts end as soon as the girl talks..." - Dinsdale, 5/30/06)
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To: CSM

BTTT.


31 posted on 06/06/2006 9:02:27 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla

BTTT.


32 posted on 06/19/2006 7:11:10 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Carl/NewsMax
One mobbed-up 9/11 worker was listed as a $58,000 per year employee - even though he was in jail at the time.

What if he had a job that paid him $58K and he was only doing 30 days for unpaid parking tickets?

33 posted on 06/19/2006 7:16:13 AM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: Rockiette
Liars, thy name is Democrat!

Liars, thy name is Demonrat!

:}

P.S. The New York Firefighters and New York Law Enforcement and others that worked 911 sure could have used some of that money...........but the Clintons shafted them...........

34 posted on 08/14/2006 1:59:00 PM PDT by AwesomePossum
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To: FreeReign
Guess the attack on the synagogue in Seattle didn't really happen because terror only happens in NY

Guess the terror twins arrested with thousands of dollars worth of guns in Michigan didn't happen either. After all, only NY deserves protection.

35 posted on 08/14/2006 3:03:33 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Gee. I'm shocked. How about you?


36 posted on 08/14/2006 3:04:51 PM PDT by surely_you_jest
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Who's the dopes administrating these funds? Bloomberg? Pataki? At least the Sheiks of Anbar Province have the excuse that they're in a a chaotic cash-only economy.


37 posted on 02/26/2007 10:46:43 AM PST by cookcounty (How odd. Lee Hamilton now employed by Sandy Berger: stonebridge-international.com)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

Well I’d certainly go down to help if something happens.

But people shouldn’t expect me to shy away from a camera to give people a piece of reality.


38 posted on 06/12/2007 9:45:03 AM PDT by wastedyears (Check my profile for links to anti-illegal immigration T-shirts.)
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To: Carl/NewsMax

I wouldn’t say they squandered it, except maybe the Luchese money. They just spent it on stuff they wanted.

Seriously, The biggest use of money that I’ve observed in NYC since 9/11 was to tear up every street south of Canal Street and repair the infrastructure. Water mains, power cables, phone and TV, fiber optics, drains, new road surfaces, new curbs where needed, and all the rest.

Some of that was certainly due to 9/11 damage, which destroyed infrastructure in the immediate area, but some of it was simply neglected infrastructure repairs that the city lacked funds to fix. There’s a lot of infrastructure in Manhattan, and it’s not easy to keep up with when you’re eager to stuff more of your friends into the bureaucracy that sucks up most of the income from taxes.


39 posted on 06/12/2007 10:29:26 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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