Last week we took the first giant step toward requiring the City of New York to investigate the collapse of WTC 7 as well as any future high-rise collapses.
We submitted over 67,000 petition signatures, more than double the requisite 30,000 signatures, thanks to you and your generous support.
Now, with all eyes on us including Mayor De Blasio and the New York City Council, the next step is to submit another petition with at least 33,000 signatures that will ensure our initiative is placed on the November 4, 2014 ballot. Already the Mayor and the City Council Speaker are moving to have the City Council vote down our proposal so that it does not appear before the voters. But we can override their veto by submitting the second petition on September 4th.
After three days of gathering signatures for the second petition, we have amassed nearly 5,000 signatures. But we cannot go any further until we raise more funds and reach our ultimate fundraising goal of $250,000 by July 25th. Right now we are $57,000 away from that goal.
It’s Now or Never and You Decide
This is a now-or-never moment for what may be our best opportunity ever to bring about a new investigation into the collapse of WTC 7 and spark unprecedented public dialogue. We are asking you to dig deep, particularly those who have not yet contributed, and also help spread the word to everyone you know. Thousands of donations and months of hard work have paved the way for you to make the difference at the time when it matters most. That time is now.
Please go to HighRiseSafetyNYC.org today and give what you can.
If we are all in this together, we can reach our goal quickly and carry this campaign forward to success.
Bob McIlvaine, Father of Bobby McIlvaine
Ted Walter, High-Rise Safety Initiative Director
Earlier today Mayor De Blasio was asked about the High-Rise Safety Initiative. Read the Crain‘s article to find out what he had to say.
This morning the New York Post published their second article about the campaign – this one focused solely on our submission of 67,000 signatures and the process going forward. Read the article here.
The Gothamist followed up with its own article, quoting 9/11 family member Valerie Lucznikowska and featuring our official campaign video. Read it here.