First, they apprehended a suspect in four savage attacks -- including the murder of a woman on Park Avenue, and the assault on a young pianist in Central Park. Detectives worked around the clock to crack this case and get a dangerous criminal off our streets.
Then the NYPD captured the suspected "elevator rapist," believed to be responsible for a string of rapes in Queens. That arrest brought a measure of peace of mind to residents throughout the borough.
Over the weekend police arrested a suspect in the desecration of a Queens church -- an incident that raised fears about the security of New York City's houses of worship in the wake of recent arson fires at churches in ten states.
And finally, a sharp-eyed detective reading the confession of a man arrested for shooting his sister and shooting at police, spotted striking similarities to the handwriting on notes sent by the elusive "Zodiac Killer," who terrorized New Yorkers several years ago.
By bringing these high-profile cases to a conclusion, the NYPD has made our city safer, restored a sense of order to our communities, and safeguarded the image of New York City nationally and internationally.
As if these outstanding arrests weren't enough, the last two weeks saw the highest rate of decline in the seven major crime catagories of any period in the last year -- with the exception of last winter's blizzard. Last week crime declined 17 percent. This following week crime dropped 18 percent.
In a city of seven-and-a-half to eight million people, terrible crimes are bound to occur. No police department can eliminate all crime. But Commissioner Safir and the committed officers and detectives of New York's Finest are doing everything possible to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.
Once again I want to remark on the compassion New Yorkers have demonstrated for the victim of the Central Park attack. In recognition of this outpouring of concern, on Thursday I announced that the family established the "Friends of the Pianist" fund to help defray the medical costs that will be incurred by the family of the young woman.
If you would like to help, please write a check or money order out to Friends of the Pianist and send it to: The Mayor's Community Assistance Unit, 51 Chambers Street, Room 630, New York, N.Y. 10007. For more information, call the Mayor's Community Assistance Unit at (212) 788-7453.
I know that all New Yorkers join me in praying for the swift and complete recovery of this courageous young woman, and the young woman also hospitalized in Westchester County as a result of an attack by the same individual. And I know, too, that all New Yorkers appreciate the dedication and professionalism of the men and women of the NYPD, who work so hard to keep us safe.
From Gracie Mansion, this is Rudy Giuliani.