Queens and Brooklyn elected officials recalled Sept. 11, 2001 as a “horrific” moment in the city’s history, but also a day when residents from the five boroughs came together and displayed acts of heroism.
“While this event displayed some of the worst aspects of human nature, it also served to highlight the indelible character of the citizens of New York,” state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein, D-Bayside said. “We will never forget 9/11 and we will come together even stronger no matter what challenges confront us in the future.”
U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-Brooklyn, said the attacks “underscored the resilience of Americans and New Yorkers.”
“In reflecting on the past decade, we can draw inspiration from the thousands of first responders, volunteers and regular New Yorkers who stepped forward on 9/11 to rescue fellow citizens and, in ensuing years, contributed to our nation’s recovery,” she said. “As our nation remembers the thousands of Americans who perished, we must also keep in mind their families who continue struggling daily with such profound loss. All of us feel for them and pray they may find peace.”
Councilman Dan Halloran, R-Whitestone, said his first thoughts on 9/11 were whether his brother had been called to Ground Zero.
The councilman’s cousin, FDNY Lt. Vincent Halloran, was among the first responders who died at Ground Zero.
“It’s been a decade since 9/11,” he said. “In some ways, I fear those years were lost. We no longer have the 9/12 feeling of unity and purpose. How can it be 10 years and the towers still aren’t rebuilt? It could happen again if we aren’t vigilant.”