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Mayor Bloomberg: "Osama bin Laden is Dead, but the Spirit of New York City has Never Been Stronger"


Speaking at Ground Zero today, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said although the city will remain on high alert, it will not stall the rebuilding of the site of the terrorist attacks in 1993 and 2001.

Following the death of Osama bin Laden, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the spirit of the city has "never been stronger".

The mayor said the city must continue to rebuild and move onwards, as a tribute to the men and women who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001.

"We come to say, with gratitude for the courageous men and women who made it possible, that the forces of freedom and justice have once again prevailed over those who use terror to pursue tyranny. Osama bin Laden is dead, and the World Trade Center site is teeming with new life. Osama bin Laden is dead, and Lower Manhattan is pulsing with new activity. Osama bin Laden is dead, and New York City's spirit has never been stronger."

Although there are no new immediate threats against New York City, officials said they will continue to remain on high alert. Bloomberg said there was "no doubt" that the city remained a top target for terrorists.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Port Authority said they are remaining on high alert, and have increased helicopter surveillance and police presence throughout the city.