Following yesterday's primaries New Yorkers moved closer to determining who might replace current three term NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg
in next month's election. Bill de Blasio
, who was the most liberal Democrat in the race, racked up way more votes than any of his rivals in the Democratic primary yesterday which is significant in that the mayoral hopeful promised a totally different approach to city governing compared to the New York City of the past two decades under both Bloomberg and Rudolph W. Giuliani.
His platform, which the average New Yorker can fully relate to, has been built on shrinking that increasing gap between New York's very rich and its poor, and on making sweeping changes to New York's long controversial aggressive police practices such as stop and frisk. In his campaign he personalized this issue by including his bi-racial, Afro wearing son Dante
as an example of a target of racial profiling by NYPD
under the current regime. In sharp contrast was the winner on the Republican
side; Joseph J. Lhota
whose campaign was built on a promise of continuing a tough, no-nonsense approach to both crime-fighting and city budgeting. In short Lhota would continue the tight reined city governing of Bloomberg and Giuliani (maybe even more extreme) while de Blasio would present a total departure and change in his running of the city. Either way it is going to be a very interesting election come November 5th.
Today, September 11th
, in New York City is a most solemn day. Even a dozen full years after 9/11
New Yorkers still gristle at the thought of that devastating day when everyone across the city was somehow impacted by the tragedy that unfolded. To commemorate this twelve year anniversary of the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil, when 3,000 died, there are numerous memorial events - some personal, some public - taking place around the city including, naturally, downtown Manhattan at the site of World Trade Center.
Perhaps the most significant of all though is the national campaign under way that asks people to take the day to pause and reflect on what happened. It is also to help build awareness for the memorial museum, to open next year after delays, devoted to what happened that day. In that end workers are busy in their efforts to get the The National September 11 Memorial & Museum
finished and open by Spring 2014. In a recent public statement the museum/memorial's director of education and public programming is author Clifford Chanin
, who penned the book The Stories They Tell: Artifacts from the National September 11 Memorial Museum
, said that the museum will feature hundreds of artifacts. Each one of these will capture individual personal stories of those directly impacted by that fateful day in September 2001. Due to several factors including
real estate disputes and the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy the memorial/museum project, which should have been open by this year's anniversary, got delayed. To raise both funds and awareness of the project a campaign has been launched that asks people to “Take a day to remember the day that changed us forever.” Today in both the general media (TV, newspapers, websites) and on social media sites. So expect to see/hear a lot more about this today on such websites as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,
that is also asking for minimal donations to go towards the staggering $700million price tag of the new museum/memorial. More info here.