This is from the FLSOP site; nothing is said about why a Department of Corrections van permanently guards the empty land around the Assistance Center:

"On the 11th, the park became an evacuation and medical emergency triage site as well as a communications and transportation headquarters. NJ’s 'Reflection and Remembrance Observance' at the park on Sunday, 9/23, brought people together for a moving evening, and was shown statewide on cable TV. The 'Family Assistance Center' is still set-up in the Terminal to help victims’ families with emotional, legal and benefits advice.

"Governor DiFrancesco is working with former Governors to plan a victims’ memorial on the lawn between the canal and the Terminal parking lot. At our 10/13 Fall Meeting, it was decided to present a plaque to the park staff, for display in the Visitors Center, and to plant trees next Spring in memory of the victims - both will be done in co-operation with the LSP Conservancy"

- tom moody 11-26-2001 8:33 pm

The LSPC site says that FEMA and the Red Cross are operating out of the train station. FEMA is the feds. They work in cooperation with other agencies--who who knows what kind of emergency/law enforcement/internment powers they have? The weasely statement below, also from the LSPC site, about the paving over of the ten acres confirms my worst suspicions that business interests are using the "emergency" as cover for development as usual. That paving went in FAST.

"The Liberty State Park Development Corporation and New Jersey Department of Transportation have deemed it necessary to agree with the proposed plan by the LSP Marina owners and the Liberty State Park Development Corporation to pave over ten acres of open space at Liberty park for bus drop-off lanes for commuters taking ferries across the Hudson.

"The marina's contract with NJDEP required that these ten acres remain public open space and federal regulations ban commuter use of Liberty Park. However, the Friends and Conservancy understand the need to take emergency measures during this period of national crisis. We recognize that temporary provisions such as this will occur and that appropriate long-term solutions should and will be sought when planning conditions return to normal."

I think this is bullshit: ferry traffic from Colgate has been minimal since 9/11.
- tom moody 11-26-2001 8:45 pm [add a comment]

  • You may get a response from one of the officers of "freinds" if you contact them directly via e.mail. Otis may recognise one or other of the names.
    - bill 11-27-2001 12:03 am [add a comment]

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