(To my letter to him.)

Dear Mr. Chernikov:

Thank you for your letter expressing the idea that New York City should secede from both New York State and the United States. This is quite a controversial suggestion, and in light of the recent tragedies in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania, I would have to strongly disagree with New York City becoming an independent entity. Although your points are intriguing, these past two weeks have seen an America that cares deeply for our City, as demonstrated by the Federal government’s commitment to the rescue and recovery efforts at the site of the World Trade Center. Likewise, America needs the spirit and talent of New Yorkers at this important time in our nation’s history.


Michael R. Bloomberg


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