Sept. 11 museum opening delayed due to financial disputes: Report

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The September 11 museum at the World Trade Center may not open on the 11th anniversary of the attacks as planned due to financial disputes.

The Port Authority - controlled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Chris Christie - is fighting with Mayor Michael Bloomberg - the museum's chairman - over hundreds of millions of dollars, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing anonymous sources. Both entities are sharing costs for the project.

The paper reported that the Port Authority, which controls the World Trade Center site, believes it is owed $156 million by the museum's foundation, while the foundation believes it is owed at least $100 million.

Spokesman for the governors and Bloomberg did not comment on the report Monday.

Michael Frazier, a spokesman for the Memorial Museum, said, "We are working with the leadership of the Port Authority to come to an immediate resolution that allows this historic project to move forward."

Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman echoed the statement, saying, "We are working cooperatively with New York City and the 9/11 Memorial on this issue."

The Federal Transit Administration has projected rebuilding at the site to be behind schedule and $400 million over budget, according to the most recent reports.   

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