New York City 9/11 Investigation Referendum, 2009
The New York City Coalition for Accountability Now (NYC CAN), is supporting a referendum that would create a local, independent commission to investigate events surrounding terrorist attacks that struck the city on September 11, 2001.
Supporters of the referendum are hoping for a new investigation that will be impartial and will include the efforts of the actual citizens of New York City.
When NYC CAN submitted 52,000 signatures on July 24, they city clerk declared that 26,003 signatures were invalid, thus voiding the petition for referendum. However, the group continued to collect signatures and submitted a Bill of Particulars which contained another 7,166 signatures. On September 9, 2009, a court-appointed referee began a review of the signatures and was expected to complete the review by September 18, 2009.
According to reports, the path to the ballot must include:
- A validation of at least 3,996 of the 7,166 disputed signatures, which would meet the required 30,000 signatures needed from the 52,000 submitted on June 24
- A validation of at least 15,000 signatures from the supplemental 28,000 signatures submitted on September 4.
- If the group is successful in an ongoing court case on whether or not the petition for referendum is legal under New York City law.
On September 9, 2009, city lawyers conceded that the NYC CAN effort did successfully submit over 30,000 signatures, thus eliminating the scheduled signature review by the referee. According to group representative and 9/11 victim family member Manny Baldillo: “The City conceded we have 30,000 valid signatures. Big victory.”
The next step for the group is to submit its memorandum of law because of the city’s motion for summary judgement, which is to see if the referendum meets New York City legality. A final decision on the issue must be made by September 7, 2009.