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City To Sift Through More WTC Rubble Despite Objections From Victims' Families

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The Bloomberg administration says the city's efforts to search for more remains of victims of the September 11th attacks in World Trade Center rubble will resume on Monday, even though some victims' families want a review of past sifting efforts.

Members of 9/11 Parents And Families Of Firefighters And WTC Victims, a group which represents families of September 11th victims, say they are worried over allegations that the city medical examiner's office mishandled DNA evidence in multiple cases.

They demanded that the medical examiner hold off on the sifting process, so that the city could install an independent monitor to oversee the department.

Jim Riches, whose firefighter son Jimmy died while responding to the attacks, said he wanted federal officials to step in and handle the search for remains.

"We want the mayor to come in, appoint an investigator general. Let's get the JPAC [Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command] people from Washington, the federal people who do this for the war heroes, let's do it for our heroes who died on 9/11," Riches said. "A thousand families have nothing, and we would like to see them all recover something."

The city medical examiner's office says the operation are beginning Monday at a location in Fresh Kills on Staten Island. Workers will sift through nearly 16,000 cubic feet of material found at or near the World Trade Center site since 2010.

The efforts will take as long as necessary, according to the mayor's office.

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