Bad men and bad groups have tried in the past to break the spirit and the liberty that is distinctly New York City - a melting pot of immigrants, yet all the bad people have failed because of the strong resilience and the strong character of the people of New York City, New York.
Yesterday's sad terror event in lower Manhattan that the took the lives of eight innocents - five of whom were visiting from Argentina, one from Belgium and two others, is hereby condemned. Condolences to the families and the loved ones of those killed.
New Yorkers will become more resilient, more vigilant and more outgoing in the wake of yesterday's event as they take an unified stance that affirms that terror has no place in free societies. New Yorkers will continue to demonstrate through New York characteristics the unblemished spirit of humanity, peace, love, democracy and liberty. That is the New York City that was the home of my mother for over forty-years, the New York City that was the home of my family and the New York City that is home to my eldest son.
Terror will never take a bite out of the Big Apple. Thus, vigilance remains key to averting any such terror incidents by desperate loners, who have given up on life. New York is about life and the fulfillment of dreams not the end point of a failed soul. So today, we all stand with New York City against all forms of hate, bigotry and terror. Long live the Big Apple.