NYCCAN'T Back for Another Bite at the (Big) Apple
Or should I say, another nibble at the wallets of their gullible supporters? NYCCAN was an effort back in 2009 to put a proposal for a new 9-11 Commission on the ballot in NYC. It was to feature a bunch of Truthers as commissioners, have subpoena authority, and be funded to the tune of $50 million by private donors. Stop laughing, they really thought they could raise $50 million somewhere.
Anyway, their plan was about 1/4 baked, and the NYC District Attorney's office threw the measure off the ballot because, among other things, some of the commissioners were not New York State residents and there was no real funding mechanism (the DA was not impressed with their pixie dust claim that they had private donors lined up). It was the pie-in-the-face ending that we had predicted all along.
They promised to return, and four and a half years later they have indeed resurfaced. This time they have a much narrower focus: Demand that the NYC Department of Buildings investigate all high-rise collapses from about 5:19PM to 5:21PM on 9-11-01. Of course that's not quite how they phrase it:
... investigate all high-rise building collapses that occur in the future and all high-rise building collapses that occurred on or after September 11, 2001. The provisions of the High-rise Safety Initiative exclude the collapse of WTC 1 and 2, but apply to any high-rise collapse that occurs in the future as well as the collapse of World Trade Center 7 on September 11, 2001.
But you can see that the net effect is to demand a new investigation of Building 7 and nothing else. They do have a funding mechanism, requiring a 0.9% surcharge on building permits over $1 million. They estimate they need $250,000 to get the measure on the ballot. This time they will use professional signature gatherers. So far they have raised about $3200, or about $500 a day; they will need to step that up about 2.5 times in order to reach their goal.
Not that they will, and even if they do, they'll be wiping pie off their face at the end of the road.
Hat Tip: Orphia Nay at JREF.