"...[S]ignaling a stronger involvement in the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan after shying away from the issue for much of his first term, the mayor fired what seemed to be a shot across the bow
of those who oppose residential development around ground zero. (Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who wants to focus on commercial development, was conspicuously absent yesterday; Gov. George E. Pataki attended.)
"We'll quicken the pace of rebuilding here in Lower Manhattan, creating a sustainable residential and commercial community," he said. "By giving New York a genuine 21st-century downtown, we'll ensure that this, our historic birthplace, once again captures the imagination and admiration of people around the globe."
"Much of Mr. Bloomberg's speech was a restatement of some of his larger campaign promises, like the planned construction of 165,000 units of housing for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers, and plans to foster more new small businesses and to lure more biotechnology companies to the city."