NEW YORK – A 9/11 organization known for its contributions to first responders and veterans has reportedly been denied use of One World Trade Center this year by one of the co-owners of the building.
John Hodge, the chief operating officer of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation told the New York Post that the Durst Organization has cancelled the charity stair climb that honors the 343 members of the FDNY killed in the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.
According to Hodge’s statements in the Post and POLITICO, the Durst Organization cites the design of One World Trade Center along with security requirements make hosting the stair climb extraordinarily difficult.
Jordan Barowitz, a spokesman for the Durst Organization, is quoted giving reason for the cancellation and that the organization continues to offer their support for the charity event in the future.
The Durst Organization is a co-owner of the building along with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The Port Authority declined to comment and instead referred to Durst, according to POLITICO.
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation event is named after FDNY firefighter Stephen Siller who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings on Sept. 11 after having run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the site of the attacks.