Salutes Citizens of New York
The Rose Garden
The White House
March 7, 2002
1:27 P.M. EST
Thank you all very much for coming. As you can see, I'm standing with the mighty
-- and I emphasize "mighty" -- New York delegation. Right after the
September the 11th tragedy, I made a pledge to Senator Schumer and Senator Clinton,
Governor Pataki, the whole delegation, that our government would commit at least
$20 billion to help rebuild New York and to take care of the tragedy that befell
that magnificent city.
I want to thank the members who are here who have worked closely with my administration
to achieve the common objective of putting $20 billion of federal money to help
the city, surrounding state, the people. And, as a matter of fact, as of right
now, there's an over $20 billion commitment.
Now, this is the right thing to do. It's the absolute right position for our
government to take. It is essential that New York City come back and come back
strong, for the good of the entire nation.
I will tell you that I am so proud of the citizens of the city in that part
of our country. They have shown the world how strong America is in the face
of tragedy. They've shown a character that runs deep in the American psyche,
that we will not be intimidated, that we won't fail. And it's a proud moment
for me to thank the delegation here and to welcome the Governor and the Mayor
and the senators and congresspeople. I look forward to continuing to work with
these officials as the mighty city of New York recovers.
And so it's now my honor to bring to the podium the Governor of New York City
-- the State of New York, and then the Mayor and then the senators. First, Governor
George Pataki. (Applause.)