9/11 Charity Stair Climb


A FIGHT OVER A FUNDRAISER. A STAIR CLIMB INSIDE ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER AND WHY IT MAY NOT HAPPEN. GOOD EVENING, I’M MAURICE DuBOIS. WELCOME BACK TO THE BROADCAST. I’M KRISTINE JOHNSON. THERE IS OUTRAGE TONIGHT OVER A DECISION BY THE DURST ORGANIZATION TO BLOCK A CHARITY STAIR CLIMB AT ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER IN HONOR OF THOSE WHO DIED ON 9/11. CBS 2 POLITICAL REPORTER MARCIA KRAMER SAYS GOVERNOR CUOMO IS TRYING TO MEDIATE A SOLUTION. Reporter: THE ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER STAIR CLIMB IN HONOR OF 9/11 RESPONDERS AND THEIR FAMILIES WAS A HUGE SUCCESS LAST YEAR SOME 1,000 PEOPLE CLIMBING 90 STORIES AT THE ICONIC BUILDING TO RAISE MONEY TO BUILD HIGH-TECH HOMES FOR SOLDIERS INJURED IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. IT’S A CELEBRATION OF EVERYBODY’S LIFE AND WE WANT THIS TO BE A CELEBRATION OF THE SACRIFICE THAT WAS MADE THAT DAY. Reporter: FRANK SILLER THE HEAD OF THE TUNNEL TO TOWERS FOUNDATION WHICH SPONSORS THE STAIR CLIMB FURIOUS IT THE DURST ORGANIZATION ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER’S LANDLORD FOR PUTTING THE KABOSH ON THIS YEAR’S EVENT. CBS 2 IS THE SPONSOR OF THAGE TUNNEL TO TOWERS RUN. THEY SLAP THE FAMILY MEMBERS AND THE A LOT OF NEW YORKERS THAT LIVED THROUGH IT. Reporter: HE SAYS HE THINKS DURST IS TRYING TO CAMOUFLAGE THE 9/11 CONNECTION TO LEASE MORE SPACE. THEY WANT TO GET SO FAR AWAY FROM WHAT HAPPENED ON 9/11 THAT LAST YEAR THEY DIDN’T EVEN WANT TO US HAVE PICTURES IN THE STAIRCASES OF FIREFIGHTERS OF POLICE OFFICERS THAT DIED. I MEAN, COME ON! WHAT IS THIS BUILDING? THIS BUILDING IS SO SYMBOLIC. Reporter: THE STAIR CLIMB HONORS FDNY CAPTAIN BILLY BURKE OF ENGINE 21 WHO LOST HIS LIFE ON 9/11. HE STAYED BEHIND IN THE NORTH TOWER TO HELP A MAN IN A WHEELCHAIR AND A FRIEND. THE TOWER COLLAPSED BEFORE HE COULD GET THEM OUT. MICHAEL BURKE IS HIS BROTHER. THE MESSAGE, I — IT’S TELLING US — SIGH ] — IT’S TELLING US FORGET ABOUT COMMUNITY. FORGET ABOUT THINKING OF EACH OTHER. IT’S OUTRAGEOUS AND UNFATHOMABLE. Reporter: THE DURST ORGANIZATION SAID IT DIDN’T WANT TO GREEN LIGHT THE RUN BECAUSE THE SECURITY REQUIREMENT OF ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER MAKES STAIR CLIMB EXTRAORDINARILY CHALLENGING. BUT WITH PRESSURE FROM GOVERNOR CUOMO THEY DECIDED TO REEVALUATE THE SITUATION. I HOPE THEY CHANGED THEIR MINDS. Reporter: GOVERNOR CUOMO SAYS HE IS CONFIDENT THAT THE REMAINING ISSUES CAN BE RESOLVED. THE PORT AUTHORITY IS PROVIDING LOGISTICAL AND OTHER ASSISTANCE. THE DURST SPOKESMAN SAID WE HAVE TO WORK WITH ALL OUR TENANTS AND PARTNERS TO ENSURE

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