I'd like to thank those members of the "anti-Zimmer faction" of the City Council (Reporter, March 24) who voted against the 9-11 Memorial. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been "burned" already, according to Russo, and we're going to throw more good money after bad, "close to a million dollars"? $115,000 spent (by whom?) on glass panels that proved to be defective? $250,000 spent on the design of the Memorial, which may have to be redesigned? Mayor Zimmer said she was "disappointed" that the four council members (Castellano, Russo, Occhipinti and Mason) voted no. "They're trying to hurt me", she said, "but they are really hurting the residents of Hoboken".
No, Mayor, they are saving the residents of Hoboken the expense of a costly, ill-conceived, ill-designed, and ridiculous boondoggle. All we need on the waterfront to remember those who lost their lives on 9-11 is a simple memorial with their names on it, that would cost a fraction of what has already been spent. Besides, despite the 9/11 Commission Report, there are still unanswered questions about what happened. Let Hoboken erect a simple memorial, and move on.