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Families of some 9/11 victims renew legal bid for city list

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 9, 2013 at 8:37 pm •  Published: January 9, 2013

NEW YORK — The families of some of those killed in the World Trade Center attack in 2001 renewed their legal bid Wednesday to poll the relatives of all the victims for their opinion on how to inter the remains of unidentified victims.

New York City provided a list of relatives of all the victims to the 9/11 Museum, but has refused on privacy grounds to provide the list to other parties, including some families who object to the museum’s plan for an underground repository at its lower Manhattan space.

Those families went to the Appellate Division in Manhattan Wednesday to attend oral arguments on their appeal for the list — a request that a lower court judge had rejected in 2011.

Attorney Norman Seigel, representing the families, told the five-judge appellate panel that the city should not favor one group over another by giving the list to the museum and not the families. The museum is not a party to the suit.

An attorney for the city, Ellen Ravitch, said the privacy interest of all the families “is greater than the public interest” served by releasing the list under the Freedom of Information Law. The judges gave no indication of when they would rule.

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