Candidates Take Time Out to Pay Tribute on 9/11

Monday, September 11, 2006

The day before the primary, the top candidates in several races put the brakes on campaigning and instead attended numerous Sept. 11 events as they paid tribute.

The campaign rhetoric was put on hold as the candidates in the gubernatorial, senate and state attorney general's races joined other New Yorkers to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Eliot Spitzer, the front-runner in the governor's race attended the Sept. 11 memorial at Ground Zero while his opponent, former Nassau County executive Tom Suozzi, who's trailing badly in the polls, stayed on Long Island for a Sept. 11 tribute.

In the attorney general's race, front-runner Andrew Cuomo, his top rival Mark Green and Sean Patrick Maloney made their rounds at various tributes. Sen. Hillary Clinton attended the memorial at Ground Zero and her little-known Democratic primary opponent, Jonathan Tasini, gathered with others in Lower Manhattan at St. Paul's cemetery.

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