New Yorkers are fortunate that the NYPD has the finest detectives in the world, and I congratulate Commissioner Safir and all those detectives and police officers who have brought these cases to a successful conclusion. They worked day and night to bring justice to our city and they have succeeded.
I'd also like to thank members of the media who cooperated with the investigation, by publicizing composite sketches of possible suspects, and particularly for honoring the wishes of the Central Park victim's family by keeping her identity confidential.
We should also remember that our fellow New Yorkers responded with an outpouring of compassion for the victims and their families and with hundreds of calls to 1-800-577-TIPS in an effort to help the police apprehend a suspect. If there is anything positive that we can take away from a week of tragedy it should be a renewed faith in the fact that New Yorkers care about one another. And that is the overriding message of New York City.
Now, it is time for healing.
I know that all New Yorkers join me in praying for the full recovery of the young woman who was savagely beaten in Central Park on June 4, just as we pray for another young woman attacked on June 7 on a footbridge near the Bronx-Yonkers border. And the woman attacked at the heliport who also sustained painful injuries.
And our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Evelyn Alvarez, who was murdered outside her dry-cleaning store on Park Avenue on Tuesday. I hope that the Alvarez family will obtain some peace of mind from the knowledge that justice will be done and that an entire city has been enlightened by Evelyn and is praying for her and for them.
This is also a time to put these horrible tragedies in perspective. In a city of 7 and a half to 8 million people, terrible crimes occur. And we pledge to do everything possible to reduce these crimes even more than has been the case up to this date.
But please remember that New York City is now just about the safest large city in United States, and that Central Park is probably the safest urban park in the United States.
In the past two and a half years New York City's crime rate has been reduced by margins that far outpace the rest of the nation. New York City has led America in reducing crime. More effective police strategies, implemented by the most professional and dedicated police department in the world, community action, community involvement, and the cooperation of so many people are the driving forces behind this dramatic improvement in public safety. Of course, there is more that we can do, but we have done a lot and we have done more than any place else in America to reduce crime.
The intense local, national and even international interest in the Central Park assault and the Park Avenue murder are testimony to the rarity nowadays of such incidents. This media attention should not be allowed to distort our perception of what New York is and what it's all about, as a city that has become a much safer place to live and to work.
So let's keep these crimes in perspective, just as we keep the victims and their families safe in our hearts and in our prayers. And to everyone -- have a very happy Father's Day.
From Gracie Mansion, this is Rudy Giuliani.