County executive chooses company to build Westchester's 9/11 memorial

It is behind schedule and over budget, but Westchester County's 9/11 memorial took a major step forward Tuesday. Westchester County Executive Andy Spano announced that he had chosen Tallix Foundry of Beacon, New York to build the $700,000 memorial, which will be called ?The Rising.? A nationwide shortage of steel has held up the start of the 80-foot structure, which will sit in Kensico Dam Plaza. Because of the delay, it will only be partially completed by September 11th, the original target date. But victim's families don't seem to mind. Costs for the monument shot up by a half-million dollars when engineers discovered steel would have to be used instead of cable to keep the memorial structurally sound. Taxpayers will pay for half the costs of the memorial. The remainder of the money will come from private donations and the state. But the county says it will continue to aggressively solicit funds.

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