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Mayors on Front Line In National Response

Compiled by Will McMaster and Chris Berry
September 24, 2001

The U.S. Conference of Mayors surveyed all American Mayors of cities over 30,000 population requesting information as to how the Mayor, and his or her city, responded to the tragic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, on New York City and The Pentagon.

In the massive response to this questionnaire, Mayors mobilized on a dozen fronts to calm their communities, enhance public safety, provide financial and other resources to the thousands of victims, and call for tolerance against those who might discriminate against individuals of differing religious or ethnic persuasion.

More than 200 cities responded to our request for information. Here are some samples of individual reactions across the United States.

Reno Mayor Jeff Griffin led a crowd of hundreds in observing the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance Friday morning at Reno City Hall. Representatives from various religious faiths led the crowd in prayer. Griffin reminded the citizens that, “The terrorist crimes we saw earlier this week were acts of madmen, not acts of a religious group or an ethnic minority,” Griffin said. “I ask that we remember we are one people in this country. We are a nation of immigrants, and we celebrate diversity.”

Griffin has sent messages to New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Washington Mayor Anthony Williams, and Chair of the Arlington County Board, Jay Fisette, offering any help that may be needed. Additionally, the Reno Fire Department and Reno Police Department are contacting their counterparts in the affected cities to offer aid.

Cranston, Rhode Island Mayor John O’Leary and the City of Cranston held a memorial service to honor those who lost their lives. Attendees included city and state officials, clergy, police and fire honor guards, and the Cranston East High School Choir.

O’Leary called upon citizens to respect the Arab-American Community or any person who follows the teachings of the Islamic faith. “It is a time of healing, we must stand together as a nation, and not let the anger we feel toward these terrorists cause us to take up violence against one another.”

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman called for a moment of silence to be observed throughout the community at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday the 12th to mark the moment when the first terrorist attack occurred in New York City. The Mayor asked all Las Vegans and visitors to stop whatever they were doing at that time to reflect on our nation’s tragedy.

Goodman and City Council members purchased over 2,000 T-shirts with the words: “The American Spirit is Stronger Than Steel, FREEDOM WILL PREVAIL” along with a photo of New York Fire Fighters raising the American flag for city employees to wear on Friday, September 21st.

Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, and the Salt Lake County Mayor participated in a candlelight vigil that nearly 2,000 people attended. They have asked for people to remember those who died as well as the rescuers who lost their lives. Anderson encouraged the community to continue to give both dollars for relief efforts and blood to the Red Cross. The Mayor donated blood Thursday morning.

After receiving several calls reporting verbal and physical violence toward Arabs and Muslims in the Salt Lake area, Anderson called a press conference to speak about the importance of unity and the injustice of generally applying the term “terrorist” to all Muslim and Arabs. Leaders of the Islamic community, as well as religious leaders of those who had been on the receiving end of racist actions, were invited to attend.

Santa Clara Mayor Judy Nadler expressed her condolences on behalf of the entire City Council, stating that the next City Council meeting will be adjourned in memory of those who have lost their lives. Nadler reemphasized the President’s words to the people of America to “return to their lives.” In effort to bring the community together after Tuesday’s terrible tragedy, the Art and Wine Festival went forward to perform the important function of raising funds and support for those affected by this national tragedy.

Banners of support for the citizens, and Fire and Police Departments of NYC, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania were available at park entrances for people to sign or write their personal messages.

Port Huron Mayor Laurie Sample-Wynn announced that the City of Port Huron and its employees have set up a Disaster Relief Fund to receive financial donations from the community to assist the families of the victims of the recent terrorist attacks on our great nation.

Many people have already begun to help through their prayers and donations of blood. Wynn encouraged the residents of our community to join City of Port Huron employees and go one step further and donate financially. The Mayor said, “Together we can work together to help those in need. All donations will be appreciated, whether large or small.

Elizabeth, New Jersey Mayor Chris Bollwage announced that the City of Elizabeth will be holding an Interfaith Service to honor those lost, grieving and serving because of the World Trade Tragedy. The service will include scripture readings, the singing of Hymns and offering of prayers.

Bollwage said his hopes are that the service will help the healing process, and strengthen the sense of unity that is so especially important at this tragic and trying time.

Gary, Indiana Mayor Scott King sent a message to the people of Gary to, “focus on the essential importance of maintaining our commitment to our country and the way of life it represents and to our community. We must face the aftermath of this horror with strength and we can only be strong together.”

King warned gas stations to not raise gas prices. The city of Gary began immediately to monitor every station within the city and record any price increases and aggressively pursue legal action where warranted. The mayor said that “If any of us use these events for personal gain, we are no better than those who destroyed countless lives yesterday and would, in actuality, give them additional gratification of seeing our society turn against itself.”

Niagara Falls Mayor Irene Elia asked council members to postpone budget proposals due to terrorist attacks. The mayor sent a letter to council members Thursday, asking for a delay in the presentation of her budget. “The tragedy in New York City is distracting both the legislative and executive branches of state government, delaying information we need to complete our budget accurately,” Elia said in her letter.

Niagara Falls Fire Department were alert and ready to help out at a moment’s notice. “We’re ready to go if they tell us to,” Volunteer Fire Company Chief James Clewell said. “We’re going to do what we can.”

Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje made a call for unity and tolerance at the beginning of the City Council meeting. The Mayor’s office along with the police department, met with members of the clergy in Ann Arbor. The gathering was well attended by various churches and religious groups.

Mark Brayton, a member of the Ann Arbor Police Department, and his dog headed to New York to join an effort that includes more than 50 dogs that specialize in finding bodies. Ann Arbor firefighters also worked hard to setup a fund-raiser so they could make a donation.

Lakewood Mayor Steve Burkholder said, “While we are all overwhelmed with the disastrous and cowardly acts against our country and individuals, we are also doing everything possible to pick ourselves up and go on with life as a strong and proud nation. As a city, our residents and employees have railed together to provide blood donations, funding and countless acts of kindness.”

Lakewood’s local newspaper printed a special edition, which let the citizens know what their government is doing for their protection, information and security. The City government let them know that they are prepared to stand ready to do whatever is needed to aid them and the country in this time of crisis.

San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales spoke at an Interfaith Prayer Vigil held in the city of San Jose. Gonzales honored the many police officers, firefighters, and military and medical people who died or were injured in efforts to save others. He had asked for members of the community to “come together” and support each other across the nation.

“As I continue to watch Mayor Giuliani lead the City of New York through this disaster, I am struck by the strength of his city, its people, and its public servants. As Mayor of San Jose, I can only begin to imagine the magnitude of their task and the weight of the burdens on the city. I can, however, appreciate their commitment, their confidence, and their courage to make New York whole again,” the Mayor said.

Houston Mayor Lee Brown held media briefings on Tuesday, September 11 advising residents of Houston to help victims by giving blood and making financial donations. Brown passed a resolution condemning the attacks and expressing the support and sympathy of the City for the victims and their families.

Mayor Brown participated in a televised town hall meeting where he firmly condemned acts of violence an discrimination based on different ethnic origin or religious persuasion. Brown also hosted a special, citywide candlelight prayer vigil to honor the victims of the attack. The Mayor and representatives of all ethnic backgrounds spoke to and prayed with thousands of residents who attended.

Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory told Temple Israel that Charlotte is safe, in a message to reassure the city’s Jews. McCrory said that he feels Charlotte has become more united than ever following the attacks. “We are very diverse- Christians, Jews, Muslims. We have different colors of skin. But we are all Americans,” the mayor said.

City officials announced that as part of continued response measures to yesterday’s national tragedies, heightened security measures remained throughout the weekend. The police department has opened a Command Center within the police department, and resources were deployed based upon security needs.

Evansville and Mayor Russell Lloyd first responded to the terrorist attack through the media. A news conference was held on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 to assure the safety of the citizens and community of Evansville. A prayer service was held immediately after the news conference.

The American Red Cross collected more in four days than in the history of the American Red Cross in the southern part of Indiana. 1,578 units of blood were collected in a four-day period. Evansville has also shown it will continue to show strength and unity by continuing to wear ribbons and display the American flag on cars and in windows.

Lubbock Mayor Windy Sitton held a news conference to inform the public that safety measures were taking place at all City facilities, and she specifically updated the status of Lubbock International Airport.

Sitton has met with members of the local Muslim community with regard to the aftermath of terrorism. The Lubbock Police Department is also on alert with regard to any incidence of retaliation. The Citizens of Lubbock have taken steps especially with regard to collecting money for the American Red Cross.

Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead asked the City Council and citizens to join him in a moment of silence for victims of last week’s terrorist attack. He read a proclamation extending sympathies to the families and friends of the victims in New York City, Washington, and Pennsylvania and offering Bloomington’s support to the cities of New York and Washington DC and that Bloomington stands ready to provide assistance where and when it is needed. The City’s web site and local cable TV channel posted telephone numbers for people to call to offer assistance.

Mayor Paul Held and the City of Claremont, did everything from withdrawing cash from the bank, to canceling regularly scheduled City Council meeting. Police detectives were put on patrol, particularly around schools, and mental health professionals were present at both youth and senior centers.

The community’s Ecumenical Council planned and advertised an Inter Faith Prayer Service. A standing room only group of citizens, young and old, of all races and nationalities, gathered in a solemn service as readings came from religious leaders of all faiths.

“I think this is an occasion that we all need to come together and recognize the liberties that we have in this country and the appreciation that we have for them, and the sorrow we have for people that have suffered losses the past couple days,” said Hagerstown Mayor William Breichner to citizens at a prayer assembly.

In effort to assist those directly affected by the tragedy in New York City and Washington DC , the City will host a Casual Day for the City of Hagerstown employees to help raise funds for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Moorhead, Minnesota Mayor Morris Lanning urged all Moorhead residents to join in the observance of the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance. Lanning told citizens to pray for and show support and concern for all victims and their families, rescue, law enforcement, and military and political officials.

A candlelight vigil was held at the Moorhead High School gymnasium. Over 1500 people attended this one hour prayer and musical service. The prayers focused on families of those affected by the tragedy, for the country to pull together during this time, and for the leaders of the country.

At 9:30 a.m. on September 11, Bayonne Mayor Joseph Doria, Jr. proclaimed a state of emergency in Bayonne following the terrorist attack in New York. More than 500 people who escaped from Lower Manhattan sought refuge in Bayonne. The people who came to Bayonne were welcomed at shelters by the Mayor, the City Council Members, and other community leaders, police officers, fire fighters, medical personnel, and volunteers.

The Bayonne Police Department, and Fire department recalled off-duty officers to work to increase security and safety in the community. Since the Bayonne Bridge and New Jersey Turnpike were closed on September 11, there were many stranded motorists in Bayonne. Some joined the others in shelters. Others waited in cars. Still others stayed in local stores or were invited in by Bayonne residents.

Mayor Paul Bowden and the City of Cerritos came together at a candlelight vigil organized by a Cerritos resident in the Cerritos Civic Center. Hundreds of residents and City staff at the vigil sang hymns and prayed for people hurt or killed in the attack. A procession was then formed and they walked together to Cerritos Town Center.

In support of the National Day of Prayer and remembrance for the Victims of Terrorist Attack on September 11, the City displayed a new 12 by 18-foot flag of the United States of America. The giant flag is proudly displayed on the Cerritos Sheriff’s Community Safety Center.

La Cross Wisconsin Mayor John D. Medinger held a live TV Press Conference to assure the people the emergency government, police, fire and airport were on “high alert” and appealed for people to pay attention to their surrounding but have “cautious calm.”

A Prayer Vigil and a Prayer Service were held in La Cross where over 2,000 people were in attendance. The Red Cross Bloodmobile Drive was also the largest ever with over 1,200 donors in three days. The Mayor also gave blood.

Pembroke Pines Mayor Alex G. Fekete and the City Council held an observance for the victims of Tuesday’s terrible events. The Mayor made a brief statement, and introduced Flanagan High School chorus members, who sang God Bless America.

Firefighters, Police Officers and students from our City-operated Charter Elementary, Middle and High Schools have made donations and collected funds for the relief efforts.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Mayor Steve Reed acted promptly to heighten security in city government buildings and surrounding areas in wake of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks.

Harrisburg’s Rescue One Unit was immediately dispatched to NYC. Additional fire, police, and EMS personnel, along with heavy equipment and operators were organized to remain on stand-by. The Mayor also traveled to NYC to visit the disaster site on September 17 to bolster rescue teams’ spirit and morale. In further responding to relief efforts, a New York City Relief Fund was organized with proceeds to be used at the discretion of the City of New York.

Mayor Reed urged tolerance and fairness, particularly in response to potential threats aimed at local companies owned or operated by people of Arab descent. He told citizens that their country was a great country “founded on fairness, decency and freedom” and reminded them that “blaming an entire ethnic group or religion would be ridiculous and untrue and only mirror the hate and prejudice the terrorists themselves exhibited toward America.”

Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson responded several-fold to Tuesday’s terrorist attacks. In addition to calling for increased security and safety measures, Peterson worked with city officials and the Emergency Management Division to reassure citizens’ fears.

Sixty firefighters and two mobile units were sent to assist in recovery efforts in NY. Memorial services included a 42-hour police and fire vigil at the State Capitol.

Peterson dispatched police officers to ensure the protection of local mosques. He also held a press conference on tolerance highlighting that Americans of different ethnic origins should not be targeted. He stated that “American Muslims are no more like the terrorists that brought down the WTC than he is, as a tall white male, like Timothy McVeigh.” Additionally, Collage, the monthly call-in show on race and diversity sponsored by the Mayor, featured a special discussion with local Muslim leaders.

Ocala Mayor E. L. Foster called on all citizens to remain calm as police officers were dispatched to key locations throughout the city in response to Tuesday’s terrorist attacks.

In addition to community-wide fund-raisers and relief efforts, the Mayor met with the editorial board of the local newspaper to condemn the various hate crimes occurring throughout the nation. He reminded people that “one of the great stories of the past 50 years is the progress we have made in coming to terms with our diversity.” He urged citizens not to let their anger destroy that hard-won progress.

Shortly after learning of the terrorist attacks in New York City, Kansas City Mayor Kay Barne's office took part in the decision with top city officials to activate the city's Emergency Operations Center which remained in effect throughout the night. Security was tightened around the government district and a safe-zone of surrounding streets was closed until late Wednesday afternoon.

In response to helping recovery efforts, six members of the city's fire department were sent to work as part of the recovery team in New York. Fundraising efforts by various local media organizations have been coordinated and as a result, one television station raised more than $1.5 million.

During this tragic time, Mayor Barnes has implored citizens to practice tolerance of all ethnic and religious groups which was underscored in a memorial service scheduled for the victims on Thursday. The Mayor also encouraged people to fly the American flag at their home.

In Eugene, citizens donated funds and blood to the American Red Cross and held an interfaith community event to express unity. The City’s Director of Communication, who is also employed by FEMA, was deployed to New York City to assist with the recovery efforts. The city observed President Bush’s National Day of Prayer and Remembrance on the steps of City Hall where Eugene Mayor James D. Torrey pointed to the flag as a sign of the community’s resolve saying, “It’s at half-staff, but unbroken.” The Mayor led Eugene in several observances across the community including a somber parade where Eugene Firefighters Honor Guard headed the parade to honor fallen firefighters. The city encouraged children and their parents to attend events to observe the tragedy. Mayor Torrey was among several city leaders to visit the director of the Islamic Cultural Center of Eugene to listen to the concerns from local Muslims and to organize community support for tolerance. Mayor Torrey said local Muslims should not go into hiding but should also not take unnecessary risks. “I told them there will be very trying time in the weeks and months ahead, and we have got to get through this together,” he said.

Eagle Pass, Texas Mayor Jose A. Aranda, Jr. gathered city leaders together to express their shock and sadness about the terrorists attacks. The Mayor put in place security measures for their border city including the international bridges, which remained open. Out of respect for citizens dealing with the trauma of the event the local mall and federal offices closed on Tuesday. The Mayor kept citizens informed through press conferences. The Eagle Pass Fire Department is conducting a fund-raiser for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and the Local Red Cross Chapter is holding blood drives. Mayor Aranda said, “The city has seen a resurgence in patriotism, which is great.”

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., responded to the recent attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and on the Pentagon in Washington DC, by taking extra steps in increasing the security to Federal Buildings, City Buildings and City Water Plants. He also assigned bomb squads to assure the right of way for trains and the international airport and has established security at area firehouses and offered to send support and aid to the New York City Fire Department.

In addition to these measures Mayor Johnson proclaimed a day of morning and enacted the police department to provide extra protection to Islamic businesses and citizens to help reduce the risk or occurrence of harassment.

Freeport, New York Mayor William F. Glacken, responded to the attacks on the Trade Center on September 11th, by rushing members of the Village of Freeport’s volunteer Fire Department, along with volunteers from the Village Police Department and Emergency Management Team to the site in New York City to assist in the rescue operation.

“In Freeport, many of our volunteer firefighters are also members of the New York City Fire Department or members of the Police Department. Our village residents are struggling with the loss of friends, neighbors, and family members. In an effort to assist the community in this time of tragedy, we prepared a letter describing our participation in the rescue efforts and offered whatever assistance we could provide to our residents.”

The Village of Key Biscayne and Mayor Joe I. Rasco, after the terrorist attack, adopted a resolution to unequivocally support President Bush and authorized the village manager to provide recovery and relief assistance while expressing sympathy for the victims and the families of the victims.

In addition the village immediately deployed Chief of Fire Rescue, John C. Gilbert, together with three additional firefighter/paramedics to ground zero in New York City where they remain to assist in the rescue and recovery process.

The Village of Arlington Heights and Mayor Arlene J. Mulder, held an interfaith candlelight vigil to honor the memory of those who perished on the morning of September 11th, 2001 and those who are still missing after the horrific act. The village also banded together and hosted a community blood drive for the victims of the attack.

The community of Mountain View, California and Mayor Mario Ambra are coping with the tragedy in New York City in their own special way. They created a community remembrance book for the city to express their sympathy, hope and healing to those who have experienced so much pain and loss. The book as well as community contributions are being established for a memorial to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001.

Mayor John R. Rooff and the City of Waterloo, Iowa are taking an active stance after what happened on Tuesday by strengthening the city’s security and police force for possible terrorist threats on federal, state and city property. All department heads were brought together to insure that all lines of communication were open and that in the event the city would experience such a problem, an action plan would be in place.

Emergency Personnel and community donations are being sent to assist workers in New York, Washington and Summerset for the rescue and recovery efforts.

Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace and the community of Colorado Springs, Colorado, in light of the recent tragedies have stepped up their efforts to protect their city by adding extra security on all levels including local, state and community buildings and landmarks.

$600,000 was raised for the American Red Cross by the local Television Broadcasters and Colorado Springs was the first to send a plane to Denver with blood for the victims.

The City of Raytown refused to sign for packages not accounted for as a safety precaution and re-worked it’s safety plan to make up grades for safer living conditions in this confusing time that we live in. The city also established a blood drive to assist in the on going efforts of the Red Cross to assist those who were injured in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Embracing the themes of grief, unity, peace, hope and remembrance, Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogard issued a statement and recorded an announcement for cable television inviting the community to an interfaith service on Thursday, September 13th. Additionally, the Pasadena Police and Fire Departments partnered with the local Red Cross chapter to collect $350,000 for disaster relief. Plans are currently being considered to establish a forum through the Police Department’s Human Rights Commission to respond promptly to harassment based on ethnicity.

City of Redding, California Mayor David L. McGeorge took immediate action to protect residents from additional attacks or copycat actions by establishing an Emergency Operations Center comprised of state, county and city agencies and holding an interfaith vigil on Tuesday, September 18th. The Redding Fire Department, in cooperation with the International Association of Fire Fighters, began a major fund-raiser for the families of New York City’s emergency personnel.

Meeting first with police and fire chiefs to shore up emergency personnel City of Hattiesburg, Mississippi Mayor Johnny DuPree, along with local government officials developed an emergency response strategy from helping in emergency response patrols to developing short-term gasoline policy. A joint statement to the media was released encouraging citizens to return to business as usual and encouraging blood donation, monetary support and prayer for the relief effort.

On Thursday, the city organized a prayer service, and the Fire Department held a memorial service on Friday which included a wreath-laying on the Fire Fighter Memorial. An identical wreath was sent to New York. A Fund-raiser “Pine Belt Unites” was held on Wednesday, September 19th to raise money for fire, police and rescue personnel in New York.

After meeting with the Emergency Management Advisory Board, Bloomington Indiana Mayor John Fernandez discussed public safety and heightened security at mosques, synagogues and in ethnic neighborhoods. The city began working with the local American Red Cross Chapter to prepare for the possibility that the 1000 passengers diverted to Indianapolis International Airport may need emergency shelter.

The city’s website has been used to keep the public abreast of important information, including ways to contribute. The local firefighters union has begun accepting donations for the families of emergency personnel. The city’s Safe and Civil City program is working with several organizations to keep tolerance on the forefront. City employees participated in the statewide moment of silence on Friday, September 14th.

Clifton, New Jersey Mayor James Anzaldi proclaimed Friday, September 14th a Day of Prayer in memory of the victims. Additionally, the city participated in a candle light vigil on Sunday, September 16th on the steps of city hall and the high school. Eighty-nine members of Clifton Police Department responded to the World Trade Center attack and were assigned to search, rescue and recovery at Ground Zero.

De Juncos, Puerto Rico Mayor Alfredo Alejandro Carrion immediately met with staff and drafted statements expressing his deepest condolences and support to the community, especially those with families and friends effected by the tragedy. Additionally, a prayer service was conducted on city hall the following Thursday.

Immediately following the tragedies, Concord, California Mayor Laura Hoffmeister, Police Chief Ron Ace and the City Manager, Edward James, met with representatives of the Islamic Center of Contra Costa. The mayor and the police chief assured the representatives the City would not tolerate any incidents of harassment and encouraged Center members to report any threats or acts of violence. The police department has developed and implemented an outreach program for Muslim business owners.

The Police department is also in close contact with the school districts, facilitating communication for the students and staff. On September 23rd, the city, along with the Contra Costa Newspapers is sponsoring a family concert. Families are encouraged to bring American flags and wear red, white and blue as a sign of unity and remembrance.

Immediately following the attack, Somerville, Massachusetts Mayor Dorothy A. Kelly Gay convened a meeting of all emergency management personnel to ensure disaster plans were in place. The city used local cable television and its’ website to keep residents abreast of information on city happenings.

The city worked with the local American Red Cross affiliate to organize a blood drive and established a relief fund through the mayor’s office, the Somerville Chamber of Commerce and Winter Hill Bank to raise $10,000 for the Red Cross. The police department is on heightened alert for signs or acts of intolerance and harassment. Finally, the city is organizing a candlelight interfaith vigil, “Somerville Stays United.”

Santa Barbara Mayor Harriet Miller, and the city’s Emergency Services Council convened the morning September 11 to plan for any further terrorist activities. Airport security was heightened, and the city’s Emergency Operations Center was prepared for action. Santa Barbara established a new Incident Action Plan with the following main objectives: protecting public life, health and safety; maintain the continuity and ensure the security of the local government; and maintain the operability and functionality of the emergency systems.

All city employees were advised to exercise caution and be aware of unusual items or person. Municipal employees were also informed of a counseling service available for people needing help with the personal impact of the attacks. Similarly, the local chapter of the American Red Cross planned to send a contingency of specially-trained volunteers to NYC. In keeping with the wishes of President Bush, Mayor Harriet Miller and Acting City Administrator Peter K. Wilson ordered all municipal buildings to lower their flags to half staff. Also, city employees were allowed leave from work to attend noon-time services on Friday, September 14, for a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance.

Huntington, New York Town Supervisor Frank P. Petrone took many steps in response to the terrorist attacks. The city ordered the opening of their Emergency Operations Center. All city government buildings were granted increased security. The Town of Huntington also organized a blood drive for municipal workers and members of the business community. Volunteer lists of city employees were also constructed if their assistance was needed in the recovery effort in nearby New York City. To prepare for possible racial violence, the Anti-Bias Task Force was convened to discuss measures necessary for the protection of ethnic and religious minorities from hate crimes.

Supervisor Petrone also ordered city operations closed for two and one half hours on Friday, September 14, to observe the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance. The city has also planned a Community Interfaith Candlelight Vigil for Sunday, September 23, to allow Congressmen and local religious leaders to communicate with the citizens of Huntington. A memorial fund is also in the developing stages to benefit and support family members of victims from Huntington.

Village President Peter Moy of Lincolnwood, IL, near Chicago, stepped up the police presence at city offices, public schools, and Jewish Synagogues and the nearby Muslim Community Center. The city organized a city-wide blood drive to aid the victims of the events in New York City. The local Radisson also took in airline passengers who were unable to fly from Chicago’s O’Hare airport during the nation-wide airport closing by the FAA.

To reassure the citizens of Lincolnwood of the leadership’s views, President Moy issued a statement denouncing any acts of harassment and threats toward people of different ethnic origins and religious persuasions. The local Human Relations Commission also heightened its presence to prevent any type of discrimination.

New Berlin, Wisconsin Mayor Ted Wysocki, immediate response to the terrorist acts in New York City was the posting of a statement on the city’s website that offered consolation and hope to the townspeople. Municipal employees established a fundraising effort to donate to the New York Red Cross. City workers skilled in the use of heavy equipment have also volunteered their services to NYC if they are needed.

Operations in New Berlin were back to normal near the end of last week, and they observed the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance with a candlelight ceremony during pre-game activities at the local high school football game.

Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe took many measures in response to the recent terrorist attacks in New York City. The emergency response command center was opened to prepare for any possible continuation of the attacks, security was heightened at municipal buildings, and the local airport was forced to adhere to increased security measures. The Muslim community was also provided additional protection to prevent vandalism to Mosques and direct personal violence.

Ashe urged all citizens to fly the American flag proudly at their places of business and homes. Extensive blood drives were conducted, and many fund-raisers were held to supply relief to the recover efforts in New York and Washington. The mayor participated in a telethon sponsored by the local ABC-TV affiliate which raised of $500,000 for emergency relief. In observance of the recent call to arms of the United States Military, Mayor Ashe also issued an executive order providing benefits of families of any city employee called up for military service.

 Rochester, NY, Mayor William Johnson, Jr., reacted to the tragic events through offering the use of his community’s resources to nearby New York City. Local emergency medical personnel were dispatched to New York to aid with the initial rescue efforts. The local Red Cross chapter committed a sizable portion of its inventory to New York, also. Various blood drives were held to keep the city’s banks full. The mayor personally participated in a fund-raiser by a local television station to raise over $1 Million for the recovery efforts.

Mayor Johnson has been especially outspoken on the possibility of violence against racial and ethnic minorities. Johnson participated in several interfaith services, and he has demonstrated his support of the Muslim community in Rochester. In an essay in the local paper, Mayor Johnson stated, “We must end the domestic war that we have declared on each other by eliminating the divisive and destructive rhetoric,…by eliminating racial, ethnic and gender distinctions,…and by better understanding conditions endured by peoples in other parts of the world.”

Several firefighters from Pawtucket, RI, discovered firsthand the damage caused by the terrorist attacks in New York City on Tuesday, September 11. A total of seventeen local firefighters traveled to New York to aid in the rescue and recovery efforts. Pawtucket Mayor James Doyle bestowed upon these men the label of “heroes” as they returned from offering their services to the city of New York. Mayor Doyle also organized a municipal memorial service for citizens to express their grief and mourn in the presence of their neighbors.

As in most cities, threats against persons of Middle Eastern origin and those of the Muslim faith have been numerous. Mayor Doyle has publicly denounced these hate crimes. “The vile acts of terrorism in New York and Washington, DC, were committed by a few evil, sadistic fanatics and not by your neighbors and fellow business owners of Arabic descent or the Muslim faith.” Doyle expressed his intent to prosecute anyone whose acts “rise to the level of criminal conduct.”

Manitowoc, WI, Mayor Kevin Crawford has taken several opportunities to allow the community to display its grief and unite in patriotism following the events September 11. A candlelight parade was organized by the local Fire and Police Departments which traveled throughout the city gathering numbers, culminating in a flag raising ceremony in a local park. A city-wide nighttime lighting event was also formulated for the community to show support for New York and Washington. The Veterans Memorial was also dedicated as the official site for leaving tangible items of memorial, such as flowers, flags or notes.

The city of Schenectady has taken alternative means to raising funds for the relief efforts in New York City. Mayor Albert Jurczynski teamed up with Clear Channel Broadcasting to launch a bottle and can drive. Those items donated will be recycled at the local Redemption Center where a portion of the proceeds will be added to the relief fund. Similarly, local organizations are launching fund-raisers to benefit the animals injured or left homeless from the attacks. A “Walk for Animals” is planned to allow the purchasing of food, water, and shelter for these orphaned animals.

Augusta, Mayor Bob Young of Augusta, GA, has used increased visibility to calm and soothe his community. Mayor Young has appeared in numerous radio talk shows, press conferences, and briefings to inform the citizens of Augusta of the status of their community. To aid in the recovery efforts, the Augusta Disaster Medical Assistance Team was dispatched to Washington, DC Citizens have also participated in numerous blood drives and fund-raisers for the American Red Cross and other agencies. Most important of these is the “September 11th Care and Prayer Crusade.” In coordination with several neighboring cities, this initiative has the goal of raising $1 Million for the families of victims and the terrorist attacks.

Concerning ethnic and religious discrimination, Mayor Young and the Human Relations Commission conducted a service on racial unity.

Durham Mayor Nicholas Tennyson issued a proclamation stating September 14th, 2001 as a “Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001.” This statement expressed grief for the unimaginable loss of life and expressed the outright and unconditional support of President Bush and the national government to end terrorism and bring the perpetrators to justice. This proclamation also, however, expressed a strong desire to preserve national unity and respect the ethnic and religious diversity of their community.

The city of Arlington, TX, has taken extensive steps to show its concern for the victims of the events of September 11th. In two letters Mayor Elzie Odom expressed the city’s support for both New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and President George W. Bush. Accompanying the letters were banners donated by a local firm and signed by citizens of Arlington. In the letter to the President, Mayor Odom stated, “Please accept this banner as a taken of Arlington’s support for you, for the victims and families of Tuesday’s heinous attack, and for our country.” Numerous Arlington residents also participated in blood drives and fund-raisers.

In Southfield, MI, the most important aspect of the aftermath of the terrorist attacks is the inflamed anti-Arab sentiment. A series of meetings were held concerning local law enforcement, community officials including Mayor Donald Fracassi, and the Arab American and Chaldean Council. The major focus of this conference was the possible security needs of the Arab and Chaldean citizens in Southfield. Local business expressed fear that they may be forced out of business or harassed, but local authorities ensured these groups of their support.

Several local police, fire and sheriff departments organized fund raisers to aid the families of the slain rescue workers in New York City.

Sugar Land, Texas united behind the Star Spangled Banner at a special community-wide event. “Proud to be Americans” was developed by city officials to “bring together the cultural diversity of the community to show that residents are united together during a time of tragedy. A musical gala was punctuated by remarks from Mayor Dean Hrbacek and Congressman Tom DeLay, Republican Majority Whip in Congress.

Throughout Sugar Land, many memorial and prayer services have been conducted. City officials observed moments of silence and lowered all flags to half staff. Extensive fund-raisers have raised money for fallen public safety and emergency officers in New York City. A heightened police presence has been instilled at the local Ismaili Jamatkhana Muslim community center.

Dearborn, Michigan Mayor Michael Guido acted promptly to hold a press conference and issue a statement concerning the city’s response to the terrorist attacks. Mayor Guido assured the citizens of Dearborn that public safety will be maintained with the doubling of the normal patrol presence. The mayor also met with Ford Motor Company Chairman William Ford, Jr., to discuss additional security concerns for the Ford community and possible relief efforts. The city of Dearborn also acted as a temporary shelter where international passengers from the nearby Detroit Metropolitan Airport could rest until the FAA allowed flights to resume.

The Arab-American presence in Dearborn was of special concern to Mayor Guido. A “Resolution of Support and Unity” was presented to the Dearborn American-Arab Chamber of Commerce from the Dearborn COC as a show of support for the Arab community. Mayor Guido stated, “Dearborn stands united, as one community, in condemning this act of violence and in expressing our collective sympathy to the victims and their families.” To supplement this expressed sympathy, the Dearborn Firefighters conducted a Burn Drive, and the Dearborn Police Officers Charity conducted a fund-raiser to aid the families of slain emergency response personnel in New York City.

The Village of Hempstead, NY, understands firsthand the tragedy in New York City. Two members of the Hempstead Volunteer Fire Department are among the missing in the devastation of the World Trade Center towers. This hit to home has produced a surge in patriotism and generosity. Mayor James Garner has repeatedly appealed to the citizens of Hempstead to provide a steady supply of blood donors to the American Red Cross. Mayor Garner also lauded the efforts of a local supermarket, Stop & Shop, who established the American Heroes Fund to benefit the victims and families of victims.

Mayor Garner also issued a resolution to the Village Board of Trustees who unanimously approved of its contents. The resolution expressed grief and words of support to the leaders of our country. This statement also urged all residents of Hempstead to display the American Flag “as a symbol of our resolve to heal the wounds left by the terrorists and strengthen our democracy and support.”

The emergency response in Fort Worth, Texas was almost immediate as Fort Worth is part of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The Emergency Operations Center was at its highest level of readiness immediately following the second plane strike in New York City. Soon thereafter Mayor Kenneth Barr staged a press conference to alert the community of its readiness and provide some reassurance. The city manager also informed municipal employees of the employee assistance programs to help them cope with the impact of the terrorist attacks.

Community and religious leaders organized a public show of unity with the support of the Fort Worth city officials. According to Mayor Barr, this session has been “instrumental in promoting the positive aspects of diversity, the pitfalls of hatred and encouraging tolerance of our fellow American citizens.” The Police Chief also met with the local Muslim leadership to address security needs and offer protection to Arab-owned business and places of worship. A city employee blood drive was held to increase blood supplies during the imminent decrease in inventory following the attacks.

Most importantly, several members of the Fort Worth Fire Department are on-site in New York City to aid in the recovery effort through the Texas Task Force/FEMA. These men will be on site until September 24th.

Newark, California Mayor David Smith expressed his feelings about the terrorist attacks in a statement to the City Council a few days following the cruelty inflicted upon the workers at the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. “As a free people, we stand united against such terrorism. These acts do not destroy us; they bring us together as a nation,” stated Smith. The mayor also offered the unreserved support of the citizens of Newark to the rescue workers and the leaders of our country.

Citizens of Newark were urged to contribute a monetary or blood donation to the American Red Cross. Concerning Arab-owned businesses and Muslim places of worship, the city Police Department contacted them directly and asked them to report any vandalism or hate crimes immediately.

The emergency response in Brea, California was that of increased unity and patriotism. Following the standard increase in security around schools and municipal buildings, citizens joined together to grieve in the company of one’s neighbors. Initiated by Mayor Roy Moore and City Manager Tim O’Donnell, the “Brea Believes In America” patriotic initiative struck home with national pride. This initiative asked all citizens of Brea to fly the Star Spangled Banner at their houses and workplaces. Attendants at the city council meeting also observed a moment of silence in respect to the victims of New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania. Mayor Moore also addressed an interfaith prayer gathering of citizens on the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance.

The city of Brea was also instrumental in publicizing the need for donating blood and giving monetary donations. The city website listed contact information for a number of agencies accepting donations and volunteers.

Wauwatosa Mayor Theresa Estness attended a candlelight vigil organized by local high school students. There were over one thousand people in attendance. On the National Day of Remembrance, a group of firefighters and office staff members met near the flagpole located at city hall for silent reflection, sang “God Bless America,” and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. All attendees were encouraged to voice their thoughts.

Estness said that her community can pull together and see what can be done to help those affected by the tragedy, “But quite honestly, I don’t know that we will ever fully comprehend the magnitude of this horrific act,” she said.

Bangor, Maine Mayor John Rohman said that most of the media attention in Bangor focused on the Bangor International Airport. This intensified over the next several days based on media reports that several of the terrorists may have traveled to Boston by way of Bangor International.

Rohman made a statement of support for Bangor’s Middle Eastern Community saying, “We urge every citizen of Bangor and our region to stand with the City of Bangor in embracing our friends and neighbors. As a city and as a community, we shall not tolerate any acts which threaten anyone in our community, be they white or black, English or Egyptian, Protestant or Muslim.

Vista, California Mayor Ed Estes told the citizens that, although they did not consider Vista a likely target of terrorist attack, they had taken certain precautions. All emergency personnel were available to assist other agencies if necessary.

“And while the entire City of Vista expressed its deep sorrow for the tragedy that has occurred on the East Coast, city offices and all operations will continue to be open to serve the needs of our community,” the Mayor said.

Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer encouraged everyone to resist the urge to blame local Arab Americans during a press conference. Police have been patrolling neighborhoods, with particular attention to Arab-American owned businesses and worship sites in the community.

Detroit had 100 firefighters and 20 emergency medical technicians signed up to relieve personnel in New York. Volunteers were placed on waiting lists for both areas. Detroit has remained in contact with the Fire Department in New York, and the New York Police Department.

City of Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk and Mayor ProTemp Mary Pass have participated in prayer services and media opportunities in which they strongly advocated tolerance and clearly denounced threatening or harassing actions, especially against places of religious worship.

City Water Department employee, Mike Rickman, is assisting FEMA with their response to the tragedy, while Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA franchise, donated $1 million to give on behalf of the city to the recovery effort.

Oakley, California Mayor Brad Nix and the Oakley Chamber of Commerce put signs up asking for donations to aid victims and families of the terrorism. All donations will go to a specially designated Red Cross fund for the victims and families of victims.

The Mayor encouraged citizens to fly an American Flag for thirty days as a symbol of their resolve to persevere and remind all that the local community stands together with the nation. He also encouraged those of faith to remember the victims in their prayers.

Warlock, Rhode Island Mayor Scott Avedisian, representatives of churches, city services, the City Council, and all parties joined in prayer with more than 100 citizens Thursday. Avedisian called it, “A gathering of support.” The community came together as remarks and prayers were spoken, and as everybody joined in singing “God Bless America.” People cried, bowed their heads and waved the American flag.

Avedisian requested residents to send their contributions to the American Red Cross, the United Way, and the Presiding Bishop’s fund for World Relief through the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island.

Wilinboro, New Jersey Mayor Eddie Campbell, Jr., in concert with the town council, proposed and passed unanimously a resolution that declared September 14, 2001 a Day of National Unity and Mourning. The resolution denounced the senseless attacks of the hijackers and praised the efforts of the many emergency response workers in both New York and Washington, DC Mayor Campbell also expressed the unconditional support of the township for President Bush and his Cabinet, our nation’s Armed Forces, Congress, and all local law enforcement agents.

The most significant statement in this resolution was the declaration of mutual resources for the recovery efforts. “We stand ready…to share whatever of our resources may be needed for the rescue and recovery efforts,” said Mayor Campbell. This resolution was forwarded to New Jersey Governor DiFrancesco, Senators Torricelli and Corzine, and to their State Legislature signaling the support of Wilingboro.

 Laguna Niguel, California Mayor Cathryn DeYoung’s response was one of immediacy and rationality. Instantaneous contact was established with schools, public safety agencies, and Federal Building officials to obtain a general understanding of the circumstances for possible continuation of the attack and emergency procedures. Laguna Niguel was encouraged to show its patriotism by displaying the American flag at their homes to complement those displayed by the city on street lights. In concordance with the wishes of President Bush, a local Day of Prayer and Remembrance was established on Friday, September 14, to allow all city employees to participate in a lunchtime memorial service.

Mayor DeYoung and the City Council worked closely with disaster relief agencies to distribute information to its citizens about blood drives and locations for donating gifts and other resources for the rescue and recovery effort. The mayor has also chosen to support a local group named “Teens Against Terrorism” that plans to raise funds for the efforts in New York and Washington. Mayor DeYoung made it explicitly clear that hate crimes against ethnic and religious minorities are inappropriate and will not be tolerated. “We .. pray for tolerance [for] we cannot let evil creep into our great Nation. We must stand united.” These words were spoken by Mayor DeYoung at a prayer opening a Laguna Niguel City Council Meeting.

 Union City, New Jersey Mayor Brian P. Stack and his staff watched in horror from the windows of their conference room as both World Trade Center towers were struck by planes hijacked by terrorists. Union City’s location is key to New York City as it is just one mile from the Lincoln Tunnel connecting New York City with New Jersey. With such proximity to the attacks, Mayor Stack and his staff worked quickly and decisively to deal with the emergency in nearby New York. City Hall was closed immediately, and all local emergency response agencies were called together to create a united and organized effort.

Union City played an integral role in the time immediately following the attacks in New York City. A number of police officers were sent to assist the Port Authority Police to handle traffic and pedestrian control on the New York side of the tunnel. The police presence within the city was heightened as officers were also positioned at several intersections throughout Union City. To provide security to Jewish schools and Muslim places of worship, police officers were also stationed at these locations.

Union City officials have also worked a great deal on the rescue and recovery efforts in New York. The local EMS activated an emergency triage center to handle overflow from the New York City hospitals. Several EMT’s from Union City were among the first to arrive at the World Trade Center towers following the attacks. Local police officers and firefighters have participated personally at “Ground Zero” to aid in the recovery efforts. Union City was more than willing to aid its neighbors and fellow Americans in their time of need.

Mount Vernon, New York, Mayor Ernest D. Davis played an central role in comforting his constituents. In a candlelight vigil on September 13, Mayor Davis and several members of local religious groups addressed a group of over 600 to express their grief for those who lost their lives in the senseless terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania. The City of Mount Vernon claims over 98 ethnic nationalities in its citizenry, so a plea for tolerance and unity was essential.

Many of Mount Vernon’s police officers, firefighters and public works employees have volunteered their services at “Ground Zero” in New York City to aid with the recover efforts. Mayor Davis has also been active in publicizing the need for blood donations and supplies for those at “Ground Zero.”

Covina, California Mayor David Traux worked closely with other city leaders to handle the emergency response action. When it was determined that there was no immediate threat to Covina, the city quickly showed its loyalty to the United States by lowering all the city’s flags to half staff and encouraged citizens to do the same. The City Council approved two unanimous resolutions. One conceded unreserved support to President Bush and the Federal authorities. The other was a show of support for our nation’s military. The city of Covina resolved to pay the difference between the military pay and city pay of municipal employees involved in the military reserves.

Of important note was the city’s desire to reach out to its high school population to help them gain an understanding of the events on the East Coast. The reigning Ms. America Susan Jeske was invited to speak at all five high schools in Covina about school violence issues and their correlation to domestic terrorism. All high school students made a solemn oath to “treat each other with respect and to solve conflict without violence.” The recent attacks have no doubt affected the teen population of America, and Mayor Traux’s high school program is one worthy of praise.

Billings, Montana Mayor Charles F. Tooley took to the media to communicate his feelings about the attacks in New York City. In an editorial in the Billings Gazette, Mayor Tooley praised the power, unity, and resolve of the United States of America. “We are indeed the ‘shining city on the hill’ - a nation to which the entire world looks for hope and redemption.” Mayor Tooley also called on the citizens of Billings to be ready and willing to assist with the recovery efforts in any way if called upon.

To aid in the recovery labors on the East Coast, Mayor Tooley outlined the multiple avenues of support that Billings’ citizens could use. There was a city-wide call for blood donations and monetary gifts. Citizens were informed about the locations and contact information of the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross to learn directly from them how to help. Mayor Tooley also made multiple appearances at many prayer gatherings throughout the city during the week following the attacks in New York and Washington, DC

Salinas California Mayor Anna M. Caballero learned firsthand the aftershocks of the events in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. The Mayor was stranded at LAX following the FAA shutdown of the air traffic industry on Tuesday, September 11. Mayor Cabellero decided to drive the following distance to attend to her constituents. City staff placed American flags on all city vehicles in a show of patriotism and solidarity. To show the support of community healing following the attacks, the city freely allowed the use of the local Conference Center to the Salinas Ministerial Association to hold an inter-faith prayer vigil on Thursday, September 13, where various government officials attended.

The attacks have had a serious effect on the Salinas area. The California Air Show, co-sponsored by the City of Salinas, was still conducted, but without the presence of the Air Force Thunderbirds due to the recent call to arms of the armed forces. Ceremonies were held each day of the show to honor victims and heroes of the attacks. Mayor Caballero has also called upon the community to stand together. “We cannot allow hate and vengeance to overcome us…We must look on all people as sharing the same tragedy.”

The local Fire Department and Firefighters Union is currently working with the United Way to funnel donations to the recovery effort through the “911 Fund.”

Fort Collins Mayor Ray Martinez increased all services to the local inhabitants and college students. The city established a communication service for local citizens with loved ones in New York City and Washington, DC Mayor Martinez increased the communication with the locals by holding radio broadcasts, addressing students at Colorado State University, holding press conferences, and writing articles in the local newspaper. In concert with City Manager John Fischbach, Mayor Martinez stated, “As the federal government continues to investigate these tragic events, at the local level we must go on supporting one another in the community.”

Concern for those of ethnic and religious minorities is a great concern for Fort Collins due to the location of a large, state university. Law enforcement officials have discussed these issues and have increased a presence to resist violence against foreign students. “We must continue to welcome people of all backgrounds into our community, continue to support the businesses of the entire community, and not stand for those who would denigrate others based on nationality, race or religion,” said Mayor Martinez.

Laredo Mayor Betty Flores had to exercise extra caution following the terrorist attacks. Laredo is home to the nation’s largest inland port, operates four international bridges with Mexico, and harbors an international railroad bridge. The security concerns in such a prominent border city were heightened, causing congestion and loss to business, primarily the diminished international trade. Mayor Flores however has faith that the situation in Laredo and throughout the United States will improve. In a resolution with the City Council, the citizens of Laredo and its government “are certain that the people of the United States will stand united as our Nation begins the process of recovering and rebuilding in the aftermath of these tragic acts.”

The City of Laredo has indeed united behind a common cause. A city-wide blood drive named “Laredo Helps/Laredo Ayuda” was organized in conjunction with the American Red Cross and Texas A&M International University in Laredo. The city provided transportation for those willing to donate blood. The Laredo Firefighters Association succeeded in raising $35,000 for the families of victims involved in the rescue efforts. On a personal note, a local woman who lost her husband in the Oklahoma City bombing started a Ribbon of Prayer campaign that will raise money for families of victims of the attacks. The Laredo Morning Times has agreed to match funds up to $10,000 raised with the Ribbon of Prayer initiative.

In two separate acts, the City of Laredo showed its solidarity and love of the United States. In a city council meeting, patriotic performances by the Laredo Fire Department Color Guard and the United High School Choir preceded the resolution passed unanimously in support of President Bush. A large, community-wide candlelight vigil was also organized at Casa Blanca Lake in accordance with the President’s National Day of Prayer and Remembrance.

Almost immediately after the attack on the World Trade Center, Buffalo Grove, Illinois Mayor Leo C. McCann worked with the Police Department and the community of Buffalo Grove, Illinois to provide a visible presence at all religious and educational facilities to prevent any backlash and to insure the safety of all the village’s residents.

Law Enforcement and Fire Personnel were put on stand by to provide any needed assistance in New York City or Washington DC.

The city of Sunrise, Florida, and Mayor Steven B. Feren in response to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon enacted a resolution to support the Federal Government’s efforts and urged citizens world wide to guard against prejudice directed at any religious or ethnic groups.

The Community also approved a resolution to donate $15,000.00 to the Police, Firefighter and Red Cross Relief Funds.

In response to the attack on the World Trade Center in New York the citizens of Moorhead, Minnesota and Mayor Virginia G. Nulle drafted a resolution to support the federal government’s efforts unconditionally and also encouraged citizens to contribute to the relief fund. A candle light vigil was also held in memory of those who perished in the attack.

Bloomington, Illinois Mayor Judy Markowitz, passed a resolution to support the Federal government’s actions used to resolve the conflict and citizens were encouraged to donate money and blood to help keep the efforts on track in New York City and in Washington. Citizens were also encouraged to contact 9-1-1 anytime they felt threatened in their daily life.

The hearts and thoughts of those who live in Bloomington go out to the victims and rescue workers during this emotional time.

Rome, New York Mayor Joseph Griffo and his staff after learning of the tragedy traveled to the local Red Cross chapter to donate blood and found that there was a six to eight hour wait to donate blood. Due to his concerns with the city Mayor Joseph Griffo and his staff returned to their offices and encouraged citizens to donate blood. The mayor that day started work on a fundraiser that has raised over 1 million dollars for the relief efforts to this day.

Madison Mayor Susan Bauman drafted a “Statement from Community Leaders to the Community.” And asked community leaders to sign on. The statement asks the community to remain calm and guard against taking revenge against any particular ethnic group.

About twenty Madison Firefighters volunteered to assist with relief efforts in New York following the terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center. Hundreds of city employees have participated in Madison’s city-county blood drive to help the victims of the terrorist attacks. Bauman also encouraged employees to participate in the President’s call for a “Day of Remembrance” in ways they felt appropriate.

Spokane Mayor John Powers urged caution and calm as the horrific events unfolded in New York City and Washington D.C. “We have no reason to believe that any facility in Spokane is danger, but of course, we are taking the necessary precautions to keep our citizens and employees safe,” said Powers.

The Spokane City-County Youth Department passed along guidelines from The Children’s Defense Fund to help parents talk with their children about these tragic events. The guidelines included advice to parents to turn off the TV, because of the traumatizing effects of overexposure to the media. It also suggested that parents should let their children ask questions, talk about what’s happened, and express their feelings.

Lynn, Massachusetts Mayor Patrick McManus and his office distributed over 9,000 flags to Lynn residents. On Friday night, The streets and the homes in the City of Lynn shined from the reflections of candles offered by the people of a City in unity, offering prayers and song, as well as the display of U.S. flags.

McManus also asked citizens of Lynn to make special efforts to respect the rights of all citizens. McManus said, “I ask all citizens of Lynn to remember that the causes of the great tragedy which occurred in our country this week are the acts of a few isolated individuals. All of our residents, including those of European, Asian, African, Latin American and Middle East heritage are horrified by the events and unified behind the rescue efforts occurring in New York and Washington.”

Port of St. Lucie Mayor Robert Minsky has set up donation accounts for the fire fighters and law enforcement families of those lost on September 11 and sent a letter of condolence from the city to New York City Mayor Giuliani. The city also conducted a memorial service on September 18 and continues to offer assistance to local citizens impacted by the tragic attacks.

Mayor Stephen Terrell informs us that the city of Allen, Texas has declared September 22 a Day of Unity and Remembrance, tying red, white and blue ribbons along Main Street and accepting contributions from city employees for the National Disaster Relief Fund or North Texas Red Cross.

Glen Cove, Mayor Thomas Suozzi turned City Council Chambers into a relief station for evacuees being brought up from Manhattan by the ferry service based in Glen Cove, set up an emergency command center at the Fire Department, and transported volunteer medical personnel to the disaster site by coordinating with such agencies as New York City’s Police Commissioner’s Office and Nassau County Emergency Management Office.

North Providence Mayor A. Ralph Mollis coordinated with Public Safety and Educational Departments, statewide and federal emergency agencies, and also begun a Red Cross fund drive, held a Firefighter memorial service and enlisted local firefighters to join the FEMA team in New York City.

New Orleans Mayor Marc H. Morial initially activated emergency response systems and convened an emergency operations working group of extended systems including city agencies with specific responsibilities. New Orleans contributed $100,000 to the relief effort while the city council adopted a resolution expressing the condolences of the community and urging recovery and relief support. Emergency staff recommendations include establishing liaisons with regional governmental partners to coordinate in the event of disaster, and increased federal funding for equipment and training, especially breathing apparatus.

East Point Mayor Patsy Jo Hilliard reports that flags at city hall are half-mast, the Fire Department has collected contributions for families of victims, candlelight and prayer vigils are being held throughout the community, and a youth council is planning a forum for youths to speak out and express their feelings.

Newport Beach Mayor Gary Adams, said, “it is impossible to fathom the tremendous loss America has suffered ...because of today’s sequence of events.” The mayor canceled the regularly scheduled city council meeting and organized an agenda around President Bush’s proclaimed National Day of Prayer and Remembrance. The city showed its unity in “this time of great despair and confusion” by gathering around the flag pole at noon to honor “those who are so diligently working in the recovery efforts.”

 Springfield, Illinois Mayor Karen Hasara, after reports of the attacks, called together the ten directors of the city departments as well as leaders in the police and fire departments in order to review a pre-established emergency plan for the city. The plan focused on municipal utilities, public works and extra security for the State Capitol. Red Cross members were sent to New York, and an existing diversity program reached out to the Muslim community and others.

In Arlington, Massachusetts, Mayor Charles Lyons and Town Manager Philip Farrington report that in response to the terrorism the town has held many prayer services at all churches and a candlelight service at Town Hall, which was attended by 3,000 people and Congressman Edward Markey. The public safety department is in contact with New York and ready to send people as requested.

Lakeworth, Floridy Mayor Rodney Romano said that the community immediately came together in unity and prayer and a letter of support was sent to President Bush; blood drives and fundraisers are being organized and persons in military reserves called-up; and elected officials have called for tolerance, reporting out to the community that these are acts of extremists and do not represent the religious beliefs of Islam.

Palatine, Illinois Mayor Rita Mullions took all necessary steps to maintain effective communication with the citizens of Palatine and maintain community morale. Immediately following the attacks, the local newspapers and television stations were informed of the Village’s response to the attacks and cleared up all rumors circulating throughout the community. The Village Manager, Mike Cassady, issued a statement to all city employees informing them of the means by which citizens could participate in the relief effort. Employees and citizens were encouraged to give blood and make monetary donations

The Village of Palatine had many people who took the forefront in igniting patriotic unity. A local signage company created “God Bless America” signs and distributed them among local businesses and residents. Palatine High School also dispensed ribbons and raised money to create a football field-size American flag. The Palatine Fire Department is also selling t-shirts to benefit the IAFF “911’s Bravest Fund” to benefit families of slain firefighters in New York City.

Kansas City, KS, Mayor/CEO Carol Marinovich quickly achieved communication and coordination with the Emergency Management personnel in Kansas City and throughout the state. Schools were contacted quickly and local government building were closed quickly to curtail any further terrorist action aimed at mass murder. As the levels of alert eventually dropped, Kansas City citizens responded with astounding support and patriotism. The local firefighters union, Local #64, established a bank account to receive donations for families of lost firefighters in New York City. So far, they have succeeded in raising over $30,000. Blood banks have also been overwhelmed by the constant influx of those wishing to donate blood.

The American Flag is being prominently displayed at nearly all businesses and residences throughout Kansas City. Mayor Marinovich expressed her approval. “I am extremely proud of the way the citizens are responding.” A nondenominational Prayer Service was organized where various religious leaders and Muslim academics addressed the crowd of over 500. City unity seems to be overpowering hate and revenge.

Sharon Sayles Belton, in the midst of a mayoral election, took the initiative in preparing Minneapolis for any future attacks and for the psychological toll the attacks may have caused. The mayor immediately called together the city’s emergency response chiefs and city government officials to put services on standby and get insight into the current situation. The mayor also held news conferences outlining the city’s response and calling for peace, calmness and tolerance among the resident of Minneapolis. Mayor Sayles Belton also sent letters to religious leaders throughout the city seeking their support and guidance for citizens during the crisis. “I am calling on faith leaders and youth serving organizations to help bring our message of calm and peace to the community.”

In the days since the attacks, Mayor Sayles Belton has attended numerous prayer services and patriotic events, most notably the “Minnesota Remembers” event organized by Governor Jesse Ventura, drawing more than 35,000 people to the state capital of St. Paul. The mayor also participated in a “human” American flag and spelled out U-S-A below the flag. These showings of patriotism and unity have been very popular among Minnesotans.

To aid in the relief effort, the Minneapolis Police and Fire Departments are offering equipment and supplies that may be needed. In response to some telephone threats to Islamic businesses, police security has been heightened at those businesses and at Muslim religious sites.

Littleton, Colorado Mayor Susan M. Thornton was quick to convene a meeting of emergency responses staff and city officials to determine the level of alert necessary in Littleton. The mayor issued a statement to radio, television, and print news media immediately to inform citizens of the circumstances in New York and Washington and the relevance to their community. While emergency personnel remained on alert, business was carried on as usual with minor disruption.

The community responded with overwhelming support to the local blood drives and fundraisers that have been taking place throughout Littleton since the tragic events occurred. The local Firefighters Foundation will be holding a Firefighter’s Ball with all proceeds benefiting the families of fallen New York City Firefighters.

There exists a large contingency of Middle Eastern students at nearby Arapahoe Community College and the Spring Institute. Police have been especially watchful of the condition of these students. A Diversity Council has been developed between the City of Littleton and Arapahoe Community College to address the issues of religious tolerance and awareness.

Martinez, CA Mayor Michael Menesini hosted a memorial service and Remembrance Ceremony at City Hall on September 14th in an expression of solidarity with the families of the terror attack victims in New York and Washington DC. In response to the terror attacks Martinez City Council held an emergency meeting to discuss measures required to be taken locally. The Police Department opened the Emergency Operation Center and assigned additional officers to increase security at schools, refineries and other industrial sites. During the ceremony Mayor Menezini called for tolerance in community relations. Two moments of silence were later followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and a rendition of “God Bless America” led by Menesini. The Martinez Police Department is closely monitoring and following up on any and all reports of harassment. Meanwhile the City is developing a citywide policy on intra-community relations.

A State of Emergency was declared by City of Bridgeport CT Mayor Joseph Ganim and the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on September 11 was fully activated to the highest response level, gathering top officials from all emergency services, utility companies, hospitals, Red Cross, local health departments and others as well as State and Federal Emergency Services. By closing all government buildings and dismissing schools early the City took rapid steps to ensure public safety. The City’s airport was closed by the FAA and heightened security continues throughout the city. All media were informed of the measures taken by the City and were asked to confirm all reports of related attacks by contacting the EOC. Triage teams consisting of EMS, Fire, Police and Red Cross Mental Health Workers were set up at the local train station and at the Port Authority building which houses the Ferry Service operations for efficient support of the ‘walking wounded’.

In addition, statements from the Mayor and other emergency orders were disseminated to the community. The City of Bridgeport continues to work closely with the State of Connecticut EOC and the state’s Office of Emergency Management as well as FEMA, the FBI and New York City Emergency Management to maintain accurate listings of resources including manpower and equipment needed to aid the response and recovery efforts in lower Manhattan. The City urges the community to coordinate monetary donation drives as requested by affected local, state and federal agencies and jurisdictions in order to precisely meet needed resources. Volunteers are asked to respond only to specific requests from New York City’s Office of Emergency Management, FEMA or the State of New York’s Emergency Operation’s Center. The City of Bridgeport has adopted a resolution condemning terrorism, in support of the national government also calling for all citizens to refrain from harassment of fellow citizens.

Murray City, UT Mayor Daniel C. Snarr described the shock experienced by and overwhelming response from the citizens of Murray City as have all Americans while “sending (our) most heartfelt prayers to those who mourn the loss of loved ones at this time”. Mayor Snarr stepped right in in support of the Lewis and Clark region of the American Red Cross where citizens and residents were overwhelming the local blood donation facility, by coordinating food donations for Red Cross employees and volunteers from local businesses. Flags have flown at half-staff throughout the City since September 11. Mayor Snarr noted that the people of Murray City will continue to serve their fellow Americans, “As a City, we will continue to find ways to contribute and help those in need”.

Search and Rescue experts from Carolina, Puerto Rico were among those in the first group of rescue and recovery professionals at Ground Zero. In the wake of the terror attacks in New York and Washington. Carolina, Puerto Rico Mayor Jose Aponte de la Torre activated all resources in collaboration with state and federal security agencies at Luiz Munoz Marin International Airport, Puerto Rico’s major international airport located near San Juan, the Commonwealth capital. “The event which has provoked this unprecedented emergency means we must assist our brothers in the Big Apple” said Aponte. “We are putting at the disposition of the central government our Municipal Police, the Office of Emergency and Disaster Management, the municipal fire department and any other department which may help in any way in this moment of crisis”.

All municipal health centers were made available to the American Red Cross in support of the blood drive for victims. Mayor Aponte additionally offered all the resources of the City’s Municipal Police force, City Hall, Carolina’s Emergency and Disaster Management Office and the Municipal Fire Department to Governor Sila Calderon in support of any additional state anti-terror and response efforts.

Three days of mourning for victims of the terror attacks were also decreed and an ecumenical service held for the families and victims of the attacks. The President of the Association of Puerto Rico Mayors noted that all municipal facilities would fly the Commonwealth and National flags at half-staff in honor of the thousands of fallen in New York and Washington.

City of Bell Gardens CA Mayor Ramiro Morales immediately cancelled the City’s Fiestas Patrias (Hometown festivities) and numerous other city-sponsored community events in observance of the profound losses experienced in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks and brought his city and community together in prayer at City Hall for victims of the attack, their families, the public safety workers and for the nation on September 13th. In announcing another September 15th service; El Grito (the Cry), the Mayor and city officials expressed their sympathies and solidarity with the families who lost loved ones and noted the sense of loss and grief felt individually. After watching the tragedy and rescue and recovery effort unfold Morales was moved to note that “while there are some things that divide us, there is far more that unites us”. An exhibit dedicated to those who lost their lives and those involved in the search and rescue effort was immediately placed in the City Hall lobby in remembrance.

The City ordered all flags to be flown at half-mast and several thousand Stars and Stripes t-shirts were procured for community members and city employees wishing to show their patriotism and support for New York, Washington, DC, and the country. A city council meeting scheduled for September 24th is expected to yield a resolution condemning the attack, calling for the community to resist temptation to single out and harass fellow citizens and residents, and ask for tolerance by the community of ethnic diversity.

City Department Heads in the City of Tamarac FL immediately convened as an informal crisis response team to assess the potential threat locally and formulated a local response plan. A 24-hour information hotline was promptly activated and a representative from the Tamarac Fire Department was despatched to the county’s Emergency Operation Center. Police and Fire Department employees in Tamarac have already undergone anti-terrorism training within the past year as part of their local crisis response planning. Further steps are underway to further improve the City’s security contingency planning.

St. Joseph, MO Mayor Larry R. Stobbs described precautionary security measures at City facilities throughout the City and described the panic that set in Tuesday afternoon with possible gas price-gouging taking place as long lines formed at several gas stations in the city. Fortunately the panic was short-lived and the lines subsided during the evening, relieving traffic management problems as a result. The Missouri Attorney General’s office has begun an investigation into the allegations of price gouging. The FAA closed St. Joseph’s Rosecrans Airport and though the airport was reopened as of September 19th, the 139th Airlift Wing of the Missouri Air National Guard remained on alert as we go to press.

The City has kept the council informed of all developments at all critical junctures and continues to work with several community groups to create a memorial at the Statue of Liberty monument south of City Hall. Residents will be invited to visit the memorial, sign a book of condolences or make a financial contribution relief funds organized by the United Way. The locally-based Midland Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross sent “Henry’s Kitchen”, the only Red Cross Mobile Meal Unit of its kind, to Washington DC, a 1,118 mile trip, where up to 10,000 meals will be prepared per day for the many emergency, law enforcement officers, volunteers and search and rescue workers. After Washington DC the unit will relocate to New York.

San Luis Obispo Mayor Allen K. Settle on behalf of the government and people of San Luis Obispo expressed outrage at the atrocities exacted upon the people and workers of New York City and the Pentagon near Washington DC. Settle, while condemning the attacks, pledged support for the President, Congress and the President’s national security team to protect against further attacks and to bring to justice the perpetrators of the attacks.

The citizens of the City in unison with the citizens of the surrounding County raised over $70,000 as of September 18th with the donations continuing to pour in. San Luis Obispo firefighters raised almost $30,000 through their “Pass the Boot” campaign in support of the families of their fallen comrades in New York and Washington. The San Luis Obispo Police Officers also launched their “Filling the Hat” Campaign and plan to send the proceeds to the families of the slain New York Police Officers.

Public Safety personnel in San Luis Obispo continue to operate at a heightened state of alert and are working closely with State and Federal agencies. The Police Chief has appealed for calm and issued a statement calling for respect of all citizens regardless of ethnic origin or religious belief. On September 18th the City Council directed staff to work with the City’s Human Relations Commission to publish a statement in the local news media urging respect and tolerance of cultural and religious diversity. The result has been zero related harassment incidents as we go to press. Numerous vigils were held throughout the city as part of the nationwide day of mourning and remembrance.

One day after the attacks in New York City, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania, Florence SC Mayor Frank E. Willis called upon the citizens of Florence, as well as citizens of all American cities, to stand firm in the face of the terrorist atrocities of September 11th. Willis urged citizens, in addition to donating blood and remembering the victims in their prayers to remain calm in the face of the terrorist attacks and not make any sudden financial decisions. “ These criminals do not value human life; they are intent upon destroying this Country’s economy”, he said. “ What these criminals want us to do is to panic and withdraw our money from the stock market, causing the economy to slide into a recession. While I am no economist, he added, “I can do my part. If they want me to panic, I will stand firm. I will leave my investments where they are, and I will trust that this great Country, and its financial institutions, will remain strong and vital. This is something that every American can do to prevent the result that these terrorists seek. Calling upon the Mayors of all American cities to publicly request their citizens and residents to stand firm as well Willis said “Together we are invincible. This is one way that every American, regardless of sex, race or creed can fight this war.”