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Head of Ground Zero Redevelopment to Quit
Leader of Agency Charged With Rebuilding New York's Ground Zero to Step Down

By KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press Writer
The Associated PressThe Associated Press

NEW YORK May 3, 2005 — The president of a city-state agency charged with rebuilding ground zero after the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center will leave his post at the end of the month.

Lower Manhattan Development Corp. President Kevin Rampe, a close associate of Gov. George Pataki, announced Monday that he will next take a position with the insurance firm ACE Ltd.

"It has been both an honor and a privilege to work on the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan and the recovery of our nation," said Rampe, who will continue to serve as a director of the foundation charged with raising money for the memorial at the trade center site.

Rampe said his announcement was not related to recent turmoil over the design of the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower, whose planned 2009 opening could be pushed back as much as a year because of security concerns.

"This is something that's been in the works for a few months," Rampe said. "It's the right thing for my family and myself."

Rampe, 38, joined the development corporation in March 2002 as executive vice president and general counsel. He has been its president since March 2003.

Rampe served earlier as first deputy superintendent and chief operating officer of the New York State Insurance Department and as Pataki's senior legal adviser on insurance, banking, civil justice, worker's compensation and labor matters.

Also on Monday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it would be better to delay the opening of the Freedom Tower than to dismiss concerns raised by the Police Department.

"In 1993 there was a bombing at the World Trade Center and we did not learn our lesson," Bloomberg said. "If we don't learn our lesson this time, shame on us."

The cornerstone for the Freedom Tower was laid July 4, 2004, but police concerns raised in an assessment that was given to developer Larry Silverstein last month have forced the building's architects to rethink elements of the structure including its precise location on the 16-acre site.
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