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Text: New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani


eMedia Millworks
Friday, September 21, 2001

Following is the full text of New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's news conference announcing the reopening of residential buildings near the World Trade Center site.

GIULIANI: Well, I'm very pleased to announce that seven residential buildings in Battery Park City's South neighborhood will be open to residents at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning, Saturday, September 22. I've been down there quite a bit, and back and forth and looking at all those empty apartments and it's really wonderful that people will be able to get back.

The people in Battery Park City North went in yesterday. And I can't say all of them have been able to get in, but most have. And although it is somewhat inconvenient, because you have to walk a circuitous route to get there, I think it's much better we were able to get Battery Park City North open. Now Battery Park City South, hopefully, will be open at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning.

The seven buildings are Liberty Terrace, Battery Point, Liberty Court, South Cove Plaza, River Watch, Cove Club and the Regatta. So people will be able to move back into those buildings. A number of other buildings in the south neighborhood will be open within the next week.

On Monday, September 24, we're going to open the Soundings, which is at 280 Rector, Liberty View at 99 Battery Place, and Hudson View East, which is at 300 Albany Street.

On Tuesday, September 25, we're going to open River Rose, 330 Rector Street.

On Wednesday, Liberty House, which is at 337 Rector Street.

And the Gateway, Hudson Towers, Hudson View and Park Place are not yet ready for occupancy, and residents should contact their building management for updates in that status. And we'll try to get them open as soon as possible. So that should help to get some areas there back to normal.

We're also putting out a map which tries to identify the buildings that are destroyed, the buildings that are partially collapsed, the buildings that have major structural damage and, therefore, no occupancy, that have to be looked at very, very carefully before they're allowed to reopen. Probably that's the largest number in the affected area, which are the buildings that are damaged, but stable, that can be repaired and are being cleaned, but they're still going to have to be watched, because they took some damage.

I could have a bigger one, but you'll see on the chart those are the buildings in yellow. Then the buildings in white are the buildings that haven't been affected at all.

That'll give people an overview of what was destroyed and then--well, that's a better version of the maps.

Also, the mapping capacity in this facility is really unbelievable. I showed it to Senator McCain this morning and he was very, very impressed with it. And it has been enormously helpful in being able to figure out access and egress. So that map will be given out to everyone, and that is the most complete version that we have of the buildings that are destroyed and the buildings that are affected.

The numbers, which I'll try to give you a further explanation of--first let me give them to you and then I'll try to explain them a little bit better. The total dead now are 252, of which we have been able to identify 183. The uniformed service number is 39, 34 of them being fire. The reported missing persons remain at 6,333, and the reported injuries are 6,408.

Now, missing persons come from six different sources, so there are times in which we get it, it's entered as a missing person, and then we sort through the list and we find that a missing person has been described two times or three times, and that's why the list goes down.

It goes up because we get additional reports of missing persons.

Probably the biggest fluctuation in the number has come about because of the numbers that we've gotten from foreign consuls who report numbers of people that are missing from their country who they believe might be in the World Trade Center. And what we've found that in many cases, those people are not in the World Trade Center and are accounted for, but it takes a day or two to figure that out. So we've put those numbers aside now, and we're looking at those separately.

The missing persons, however, that we've registered as missing persons, are now at 6,333. They have not been totally sorted yet, so the number could change, but probably not dramatically.

We've removed 5,476--we have 5,476 trucks that have moved out 76,459 tons of debris, and the change in the weather all day today obviously has made the removal efforts much more effective today than yesterday, where we had to be more careful.

And I think that covers most of--oh, the prayer service on Sunday. The prayer service on Sunday will--the actual official part of it will begin at 3 o'clock, but I believe people will be let in at the Yankee Stadium starting at noon--is that correct? Is it noon time? At noon.

The Yankee Stadium service--the prayer service, will start at noon--well, at 3, the official part of the service will start. People will be allowed in starting at 11 o'clock.

The tickets are being distributed. The primary emphasis on tickets, in other words, something like 25,000 or 26,000 of the tickets are being given to the families who have either lost people or who have people who are missing. There will also be tickets distributed to as many of the rescue and relief and volunteer workers as we can give them to who are not working that day.

And there will also be tickets for Brooklyn and tickets for Staten Island. And there will be tickets in New Jersey at the minor league baseball stadium in Newark. And those are all the places in which tickets will be given out for people in all those categories. And I think that covers most of it.

Bernie (ph), do you have...

(UNKNOWN): One of the things I wanted to get out. We've been working very hard with the bereavement center on collecting DNA samples from the families. There's a phone number that people can call if they want to submit their DNA sample or they want to pick up a collection kit. That number is 646-710-6193 or -6120.

So far we have taken 6,063 samples from 2,100--involving 2,100 people.

We are working with Nassau County, Suffolk County, the New Jersey State Police and the bereavement center in the collection of the samples. People that live in New York City, once you have your kit, if you don't want to come back to the city, you can drop it off at a precinct and they will get it down here to the bereavement center.

That's basically it.

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