Volume 19 Issue 42 | March 2 - 8, 2007

Clinton support

Downtown activist Catherine McVay Hughes says her work with Sen. Hillary Clinton on 9/11 health issues has convinced her to support Clinton for president.

“She’s a person that if you’re in a black box and you have to find a little hole to get out, she’s going to create that hole so you can get out and make the best of a bad situation,” Hughes, chairperson of Community Board 1’s World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee, said on Downtown Express’s Internet radio show. “She has definitely fought very hard for the people down here.”

Clinton appointed Hughes to be the only local resident on a panel to come up with a new plan for the Environmental Protection Agency to retest and clean apartments that may have been contaminated by the collapse of the W.T.C. The E.P.A. did not adopt the recommendations of the independent scientists on the panel, and Clinton and Hughes were among the many people who criticized the E.P.A. plan when it was released at the end of last year.

Hughes and hosts Josh Rogers and Skye H. McFarlane of Downtown Express also discussed the pending demolition of the Deutsche Bank building and Lower Manhattan Development Corporation funding issues on the latest edition of the “Community Report” show. It can be heard at and podcasts are available at

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