Local Officials Express Admiration, Caution Following Osama bin Laden’s Death

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The military raid that resulted in Osama bin Laden’s death has prompted a congratulatory cry from area politicians.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Americans have kept their promise after Sept. 11 to capture or kill Osama bin Laden.

Bloomberg and other officials held a briefing Monday at the World Trade Center site, where they honored victims of the 1993 and 2001 attacks and detailed progress on the Sept. 11 memorial and reconstruction.

LISTEN: Mayor Michael Bloomberg Comments On Killing Of Osama Bin Laden
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“Osama bin Laden is dead, and the World Trade Center site is teeming with new life,” Bloomberg said. “Osama bin Laden is dead and lower Manhattan is pulsing with new activity. Osama bin Laden is dead, and New York City’s spirit has never been stronger.”

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb At Ground Zero: Mayor Bloomberg Declared The Forces Of Freedom And Justice Have Once Again Prevailed

Bloomberg says the killing of the terrorist leader doesn’t lessen the suffering Americans experienced at his hands the day the World Trade Center was destroyed but is a “critically important victory” for the nation. He says it’s a tribute to the men and women in the armed forces who’ve fought so hard.

“In the dark days that followed September 11th, we made a solemn commitment to the dead and to the living that we would bring to justice those responsible for killing more than 2,900 innocent people. Osama bin Laden found out that America keeps its commitments,” Bloomberg said.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand told CBS 2’s Don Dahler she was overjoyed at the news of bin Laden’s death, but remains cautious.

“Al Qaeda really has metastasized in the last ten years since 9/11. It is now an international organization that operations are done remotely from all over the world. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is deemed to be perhaps the most dangerous to the United States right now. Al Qaeda out of Yemen, Al Qaeda out of Pakistan — it’s everywhere.

President Barack Obama announced Sunday night bin Laden was killed in an operation led by the United States.

LISTEN: Obama Announces Death Of Bin Laden
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is not the end of the war on terrorism and warned the network’s members that the United States would be relentless in its pursuit of them.

LISTEN: Reaction From Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton
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“Even as we mark this milestone, we should not forget that the battle to stop al-Qaida and its syndicate of terror will not end with the death of bin Laden,” she said.

Turning to deliver a direct message to bin Laden’s followers, she vowed: “You cannot wait us out. You cannot defeat us but you can make the choice to abandon al-Qaida and participate in a peaceful political process.”

Rudy Giuliani, dubbed “America’s Mayor” for his leadership hours after the Sept. 11, 2001 attack, spoke to CBS 2 on Monday and said he was watching television Sunday night when the news ticker indicated President Obama would be shortly addressing the nation.

“So I thought immediately that must be some very big thing, terrible thing that’s happened.  And when I found out it was bin Laden being captured, there was a certain sense of relief and a sense of satisfaction that justice has been brought to this man who has done unspeakable horror and evils,” he said. “It may seem like it took a long time, but sometimes justice takes a while.”

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The FBI's Most Wanted website updated its image of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011. (credit: FBI.gov)

Governor Andrew Cuomo called bin Laden’s death “a historic moment that represents a major step in our country’s efforts to defeat terrorism around the world.”

Cuomo said New Yorkers endured bin Laden’s most devastating attack, the destruction of the World Trade Center when two airliners were flown into the twin towers the morning of Sept. 11. More than 2,700 people died in Lower Manhattan that day.

1010 WINS’ Alice Stockton-Rossini with Rep. Peter King 

Even with bin Laden dead, Cuomo said Americans must remain vigilant in preventing terrorist attacks.

“The death of Osama Bin Laden is a welcome milestone for the friends and families of those killed on 9/11, and for all who remain tenaciously engaged in protecting New York from another attack,” said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly in a statement.

Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said in a statement Monday that bin Laden was responsible for killing 343 members of the FDNY on Sept. 11, 2001.

He said the entire department is thankful to the “members of the U.S. military that had a role in this successful operation.”

“This is going to shake up the Al-Qaeda leadership. They have all their plans in place – what would happen if bin Laden was killed – but having said that, no force can ever be ready for the death of someone as charismatic and as powerful as bin Laden was to Al-Qaeda,” Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said.

“This reinforces to the rest of the world how determined the U.S. is, how effective we are and it’s going to, more than ever, encourage them to stand with us and realize that we did the whole world a tremendous service by killing bin Laden,” King said.

“Finally, the great work of our military and intelligence is vindicated,” Senator Chuck Schumer said.

He hopes the takedown of bin Laden brings some measure of closure for the families of those who died in the World Trade Center attack but Schumer said this is a victory against terrorists seeking to destroy our way of life.

“We are here and he is dead somewhere in the ocean,” Schumer said.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says justice has finally been delivered with the death of Osama bin Laden.

The governor said he spoke “for all the families of this state who have courageously endured the unspeakable and devastating consequences of terrorism.”

Christie noted that “there is hardly a life that has gone untouched in New Jersey” by the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and their aftermath.

New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg says the news brings “great satisfaction and relief” to the civilized world. He called bin Laden “one of the worst killers in the history of man.”

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez says we may feel “some measure of closure that justice was accomplished” but cautioned that bin Laden’s demise won’t end the terrorist threat.

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“Pride. Satisfaction. Still recalling with grief the horror and tragedy of the thousands of lives, obviously, many of them in Connecticut, lost as a result of the terror that was spawned by Osama Bin Laden,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), when asked for his reaction to all of this. “But we need to be vigilant and vigorous as ever in the war against terror.”

Community Board 1 chairwoman Julie Menin said in a statement Monday that bin Laden senselessly killed thousands of people on Sept. 11, 2001.

She said there will never be real closure. But she added that bin Laden’s death was a moment the Lower Manhattan community has been waiting for the last 10 years.

WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack With New York Times White House Correspondent Mark Landler On The Last Days Of Bin Laden
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WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack With Robert Powell, Middle East Analyst For The Economist Intelligence Unit, On What’s Next For Al-Qaida And The Taliban

Here are some other reactions:

Former President George W. Bush: “President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al-Qaida network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done. “

Former President Bill Clinton: “I congratulate the president, the national security team and the members of our armed forces on bringing Osama bin Laden to justice after more than a decade of murderous al-Qaida attacks.”

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    4 MORE YEARS!!!!

  • Taquan

    Obama finally did it….Bush (white man) couldn’t do it…..4 more years!

    • Raheim Brown


      Word up, my n-word! It took a Black/White man, a true African/American, to destroy the Islamofascist pig.

    • Levitra Holmes


      Word up, my nword! It took a Black/White man, a true African/American hero, to destroy the Islamo-fascist pig.

  • Islamic Facts

    FACT: Everywhere where there are muSlimes, sh-!t happens.

    China — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children and run amok with metal pipes in the streets)

    India — sh-!t happens
    (mu-slimes burned 100s of hindus alive in packed trains and burned villagers alive while they slept)

    Middle East — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    Russia — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill women and children in crowded theaters)

    South East Asia — sh-!t happens
    (mu-slime thugs who kidnap teachers, school children, nurses, priests for ransom, than murder them all)

    Europe — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    USA — 9/11 happened

    Notice the pattern here? Even you sanctimonious twits can’t be that dense.

    Goes to reason, no muslimes, no sh-!t.
    All these camel turds understand is violence and lies anyway. I say we oblige them by killing them all and than lie about how sorry we are.

    Islam. It’s a disease. And like any other infestations of boils, pox and pestilence, it should be eradicated. You don’t talk to diseases. You eradicate them like you did polio and small pox.

    And some bleeding heart imbecile here will post that it’s just a few “radical” individuals that are murderous, just like any other society. But than conveniently forgetting about the Fact that it happens worldwide and by a LOT MORE than just a few individuals. And they also continues to blank out of their empty heads the worldwide mu-slime jubilee celebrations as people burned on 9/11.

    • Hypocrites of the USA

      I suppose the IRA are muslims are they? If they are ,then horror of horrors ,they are funded, aided and abetted by sections of New York public. and the greater areas within USA, in the premediated killing and Murdering of men women and little children by bombs and bullets.. Kinda makes you wonder if the USA sees them as freedom fighters or manaic killers. Personally they will ALWAYS be terrorists to me… also,.please dont forget it was the USA who aidded, abetted and funded the Taliban AND al Queada, before you fell out squabbling…about gas and pipelines from Russia to the Indian ocean

  • iggy

    did everyone notice the muslims complained that: 1,we killed him. 2 he wasn’t buried right according to muslim law. 3. he was buried at sea. . what they didn’t do was: 1, help us.2. complain that they used a woman as a human shield. i am a firm believer in napalm and that it should be used against anyone that threatens any one of us, but that is the bleeding heart liberal in me

  • iggy

    uh-oh, rudy”s back. probably looking for a funeral to go to.

  • FUNSO F.

    I thank God for the life of those brave people who made this possible. I salute the caurage and the bravado of G W Bush, the then American President for taken the decisive decision to go after Bin Laden and his colaborators as well as those of various leaders accross the world who supported the move. I congratulate President Obama for a job well done. This should serve as a lesson to merchants of terror whereever they are that the collective will of free people across the world will always triumph over the forces of evil.


    it is funny if this had gone the other way and the soldiers failed it would be obama fault. Give praise when it is due. You all dont realize you cant stop who God ascends to a throne. lol losers guess what there is more good stuff obama will do and no one can stop it.

  • M. B. Brown

    Of the photo’s& DNA of Osama will come out as Trump the Obama slayer & fool
    will deny that this happened.
    Obama did something GWB never could do and now to the Republican’s I
    have two words for you”MISSION ACCOMPLISHED”!

  • B. Agostino

    Rudy Giuliani made tens of millions of dollars after 9-11
    giving advice to countries about security ,he benefited big time
    from our disaster ,perhaps he is no longer one to speak about
    his role then as Mayor but post 9-11 Millionare.

  • keith

    On Election Day 2012, I sure hope you people all remember who took out Bin Laden. Clinton spent 8 years allowing something like 9/11 to happen. And George Bush couldn’t get him in the 8 yrs after it happened. Obama took him out. Remember that on Election Day 2012. Trump and all the other Republicans candidates promises to DO NOTHING for the working man. A democratic president is the only hope we have for the working man to earn a living in the increasingly expensive world.

  • Hugo Ball

    …giuliani – “thank god george bush is president” – I’m still puking…

  • jme

    great news. anyone who thinks is isn’t should not be living in my country, the good ‘ol USA



  • Westchester01

    President Bush setup the infrsatructure for catching Bin Laden. Obama was going to close Gitmo. He was talked out of it. It is a good thing that Obama is learning on the job. Hopefully he will take this achievement and apply it to the rest of his presidency.

  • james lusunia kadi goro

    MY Dear
    it was very grate chance that [Obama] have killed Osama because all whitmen can know we are blackpeople very strong,thanks to all AMERICAN

  • M. B. Zurich

    Obama is as white as he is black ,look at his birth certificate
    and see that he was born of a white female.
    You bought his rtace into it. you get it back in yo’ face.

  • B.A.Cretini


    • Paul

      Obama did not kill Bin Laden. A U.S. Navy SEAL, a professional whose name you will never know, killed Bin Laden.

      • jme

        wish we could shake the hands of those brave Navy Seals who killed him.

  • William

    After the dead of that demoniatic individual callet Osama Bin Laden, are Great Nation could rejoyce because justice had been done. Now our flag up on the sky anounced the courage of our army, our people and our instiutions.

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  • Bob

    If it weren’t for 9/11 Bloomberg probably wouldn’t have won the 2001 election. Just another reason to hate bin Laden.

    • Paul

      How does that make any sense? What guarantees did Bloomberg promise during his 2001 mayoral campaign?

  • Bill

    I am waiting for President Obama to remove the dictator Bloomberg from power. Please help!

  • scott

    this is not really an accurate statement in that more than once, president bush said that he wasn’t concerned about bin laden and that iraq was the central front in the war on terror…the quotes are there, mainly from the 2002-2004 time frame.

  • CO

    When I see a picture of the “dead” bin Laden I will believe he is really dead and this is not just something the US as coooked up.

    • StormsNYC

      Think about the implications of saying that Bin Laden is dead and then months or years later he resurfaces. If you actually stop and think about how bad the US would look if that scenario arose, then you would know that the government would not lie about him being dead or at least in super secure custody for interrogation. Either way, he’s never seeing the light of day again and for all intents and purposes, is “dead”.

    • OIllie2k2

      there’s a time for conspiracy theorists, but this is clearly NOT one of them. Besides, Osama would delight in issuing one of his videos to disprove the announcement and the President wouldn’t risk his political career over hearsay. Plus, we have his body tyhis time, so stay tuned…

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