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September 11th, 2012
09:57 AM ET

NYC Mayor Bloomberg says his job is to make sure we don't forget 9/11, weighs in on Chicago teacher strike

This morning, memorial ceremonies across the country will commemorate the 2,997 lives lost in the Sept. 11th attacks. For many of those mourners, a chance to move forward was reached last night. A dispute that had stalled construction of that 9/11 museum at Ground Zero appears to be settled with a new deal finally in the works.

On "Starting Point," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg explains why it's so important to always mark the 9/11 anniversary.

"If you're a family member, I don't think you've forgotten at all and my job is to make sure that those who didn't lose a relative don't forget. Our freedoms are fragile and if we forget, somebody will come again and try to take them away from us," Mayor Bloomberg says. "That's why we have the museum and the memorial, to make sure that people understand that what we take for granted, we shouldn't be taking for granted. And we have young men and women who are willing to fight overseas and work on the streets of our cities to keep us safe and, hopefully, they will be in the next generation will want to do the same thing. It's up to us to explain to them why."

He also addresses the question of why it took so long to complete the 9/11 museum at Ground Zero. "We've been working on this for, let's say, 11 years and the Senator Inowye from Hawaii said to me it took 40 years to build the museum and memorial for World War II," he says. "There was never any question that we were going to finish the museum. Governors Christie and Cuomo were 100 percent committed to it, but everybody has their responsibilities and they want to make sure that their interests are protected."

Bloomberg also said there would be a fee to enter the museum to maintain the space.

Bloomberg also weighs in on the Chicago teacher labor strike, which enters its second day today with no sign of a deal.

"I'm not familiar with what's going on there, other than what I read in the papers. Mayor Emanuel is trying very hard to do what's right for the students. That's his responsibility. The union's responsibility is to protect their members, to get the best working conditions, the most money and the fewest hours. And that's fine, nothing wrong with that whatsoever. So they'll continue to do that here in the city. We work with the union and we are committed to making sure that our children get an education that they are going to need," he says.

"Our school system should not be run by the people that work there. Our school system should be run for the students," he adds.

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. the_dude

    Is that how you "remember" bloomburg??? By building a tribute to the bombers right next to the site of the bombing???

    September 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. NanH

    Forgetting 9/11 is like forgetting the revolution, stop making it political.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. NanH

    No one is going to forget 9/11, Bloomberg, as usual, is making it political, disgusting.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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