Bloomberg Says Victims' Families Get Priority in 9/11 Ceremony
Friday, August 19, 2011 - 09:20 AM
Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the decision not to include most first responders in the official September 11 ceremony for tenth anniversary of the attacks this year.
The move has angered firefighters, police and others, but the mayor said space is limited, and a large turnout is expected from surviving family members of the deceased.
"We are planning something for first responders to say thank you, but the bottom line is for 10 years we've been doing this for families, and we'll continue doing this for families," he said. "They just get the priorities."
Another space at Zuccotti Park, on the opposite side of the World Trade Center site, will be made available for first responders and others.