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Mayor's WINS Address
Sunday, June 20, 1999

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Come See the Staten Island Yankees
by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani

Happy Father's Day to everyone. Enjoy today with your families and enjoy today with everyone that you care for, particularly happy Father's Day to everyone. This is a very exciting weekend in New York City sports, quite appropriately for Father's Day. Later today, I'll be throwing out the first pitch at the opening home game of the Staten Island Yankees-a team that's a wonderful addition to Staten Island, to the City of New York, and to the whole region. The team has lots of great young players from across the country and even around the world, so I encourage you to bring your family and come see them play. And if you can't make it today at 6 p.m., come tomorrow or Tuesday when they play at 7 p.m., or to any one of the team's 35 home games between now and September 2.

For now, the games will be played at the College of Staten Island-but a permanent ball field is being built just to the north of the St. George Ferry Terminal. That's going to be a great site, because as I announced last week with Staten Island Borough President Guy Molinari, we'll be rebuilding the St. George Staten Island Ferry Terminal to create a beautiful new state-of-the-art transportation hub and retail center.

It'll be a tremendous resource for residents, a destination for tourists, and a focal point for the economic redevelopment of the entire area. But my favorite part of the plan is that it will provide a perfect link to the new National Lighthouse Museum being built to the south, and the new minor league Yankee ballpark which is being built to the north. In that new stadium-which will have spectacular views of downtown Manhattan -a young hitter in the Yankee farm system will be able to come up to the plate and aim for the fences right between the two World Trade Center Towers. I can't wait until construction on the new stadium is complete and we have a brand new rebuilt St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island.

And I'm also very, very hopeful that we can do for Coney Island and the Mets what we're doing for Staten Island and the Yankees by putting a Mets minor league baseball team right at the site of the old Steeplechase Park in Coney Island. There can be nothing that would do as much for the economic redevelopment of Coney Island than to have that Mets farm team playing right there 35 times or more per year, particularly against the team from Staten Island.

Finally, sticking to the sports theme on Father's Day, I want to wish the Knicks good luck as they continue to fight for the NBA title. Everyone had counted the Knicks out during the season, then against Miami, then even before the Indiana series, now against San Antonio-but they're still standing. This is a team with great talent and amazing heart that plays its best under pressure. They've proven it time and time again, and I think they're going to prove it again in this series. So Madison Square Garden is going to be rockin' on Monday night, with everyone rooting for the team to win their first NBA Championship since 1973.

So happy Father's Day again to everyone, and I want to make a very serious political statement: Go Knicks! From Gracie Mansion, this is Rudy Giuliani.

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