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September 6, 2002
PR-241-02
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MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG PREMIERES
"THANK YOU, AMERICA" VIDEO AT JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS

Video Features New Yorkers Thanking America
for Their Support After 9/11

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today released a video in which New Yorkers thank the American people for their steadfast support in the wake of the September 11th attacks. The video premiered at the Joint Session of Congress on Friday, September 6, 2002.

The sixty-second video, entitled "Thank You, America," features appearances by over twenty New Yorkers including police officers, firefighters, cab drivers, hot dog vendors, deli countermen, construction workers, stockbrokers and Mayor Bloomberg, all describing their deep appreciation for the nation's support. The video also features music by Sir Mick Jagger.

"In the days following September 11th, the people of this country let us know exactly where they stood: right here with us," Mayor Bloomberg said in the video. "In our time of need, the American people were there for us every step of the way. I'm not sure if we can ever truly express our gratitude, but hopefully this video offers some indication of just how we feel."

The video, produced and donated by Mark Dowley, Chairman and CEO of the Interpublic Sports and Entertainment Group, will run on national and local television stations across the nation and in prominent venues like national Football League and Major League Baseball stadiums beginning on September 11th. The video was shot entirely on the streets of New York City and will be distributed the Interpublic Group and the AD Council. The video was edited by Billy Williams of Moondog Productions.

Mayor Bloomberg introduces the video by saying, "The First Congress of the United States met in 1789 right here in Lower Manhattan. On 9/11, all this city stood for and everything it represents was attacked. But America was there for this city every step of the way." The video concludes with Mayor Bloomberg saying, "In my book, you're all New Yorkers. Thank you, America."

Copies of the video and a transcript are attached.

Mayor Bloomberg: The First Congress of the United States met in 1789 right here in Lower Manhattan. On 9/11, all this city stood for and everything it represents was attacked. But America was there for this city every step of the way.

Group of Police Officers: Thanks America!

2 College Girls: We're all New Yorkers. Thanks America!

Food-cart Man: Thank you, America!

Lady by Subway: We were never alone.

Fireman: You kept us going.

Deli-man: America we couldn't have done it without you.
Want a sandwich, what can I get you?

Woman w/kids: As a New Yorker and a mother, we thank you.

Construction worker: Thank you, America!

Mother with baby: Thanks a lot.

College student on stoop: Thank you very much for all the support.

Construction Crew: Thank you, America!

Man on Broadway: Thank you, America!

Girl and Guy in Little Italy: Thanks America, we love you.

Man in park: Thanks America, New York loves you back.

Businessman: Thank you, America.

Man by water: Gracias, America.

Man/Woman on street: Grazia, America.

Young Woman in park: Thanks for the support!

Policeman: We felt it right here.

Mayor Bloomberg: In my book, you're all New Yorkers. Thank you, America.

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