NEW YORK – Saying that New Yorkers had “waited nearly ten years for this news,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg released a carefully calibrated, sensitive statement on Monday which reflected the deep feelings of New Yorkers upon President Barack Obama's announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed by US forces.
After September 11, Bloomberg said, “we gave our word as Americans that we would stop at nothing to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. After the contribution of millions, including so many who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, we have kept that word.”
"The killing of Osama bin Laden does not lessen the suffering that New Yorkers and Americans experienced at his hands, but it is a critically important victory for our nation - and a tribute to the millions of men and women in our armed forces and elsewhere who have fought so hard for our nation,” Bloomberg said.
"New Yorkers have waited nearly ten years for this news. It is my hope that it will bring some closure and comfort to all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001,” Bloomberg said.