Some 9/11 families accuse NY, NJ govs of betrayal

June 27, 2012 - 6:06 PM
Sept 11 Museum Delayed

FILE - In this file photo of Aug. 10, 2010, people pass the "survivors' staircase" during a tour of the National September 11 Museum, in New York. The staircase served as an escape route for people fleeing the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. A group of 9/11 family members on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 accused the governors of New York and New Jersey of betraying the people killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks, urging them to resolve a financial disagreement that has hobbled construction of the ground zero museum meant to memorialize those lost. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Some 9/11 families upset over the delay in completing the Sept. 11 museum are accusing the governors of New York and New Jersey of betraying the terrorist attack victims.

More than 200 family members signed a letter sent Wednesday to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Chris Christie.

It calls on them to resolve a financial dispute that has delayed construction of the museum at the World Trade Center site.

The letter accuses the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey of trying to milk the public's financial support of the memorial and museum "to offset its own ... fiscal mismanagement."

Port Authority spokeswoman Lisa MacSpadden says completing the museum and giving the families a place to remember their loved ones is of "utmost importance" to the agency.