05/02/2011 12:39 am ET Updated Jul 01, 2011

Osama Bin Laden Killed: Mayor Bloomberg Responds

NEW YORK — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city's spirit is stronger than ever.

He and other officials spoke Monday at the World Trade Center site after the death of Osama Bin Laden. They paid homage to victims of terrorist attacks there in 1993 and 2001.

Bloomberg also detailed plans for the Sept. 11 memorial and the progress of reconstruction at the site. The mayor says "the forces of freedom and justice have once again prevailed."

The mayor said late Sunday that the killing of the terrorist leader doesn't lessen the suffering Americans experienced but is a "critically important victory" for the nation.

He also said he hopes news of bin Laden's demise will "bring some closure and comfort to all those who lost loved ones" on Sept. 11.

Bloomberg, backed by the rising towers at the site of the September 11th attacks, praised the construction's progress made since then.

In the dark days that followed September 11th, we made a solemn commitment that we would rebuild the World Trade Center site. As you can see, Seven World Trade Center is standing and open for business. Four World Trade Center has risen above 25 stories, One World Trade Center is now above 60 stories, and both are stretching higher every day. This is the largest, most complicated construction site in North America – and one of the most important in American history.

The Mayor praised the efforts of the President and the armed forces, and recited something akin to an incantation on where the city spiritually stands.

Osama bin Laden is dead, and the World Trade Center site is teeming with new life.
Osama bin Laden is dead, and Lower Manhattan is pulsing with new activity.
Osama bin Laden is dead, and New York City’s spirit has never been stronger.

Bloomberg, who first ran for Mayor in 2001 as a Republican, praised President Bush for his visit to ground zero in the wake of the attacks, and his resolve to capture bin Laden. "He never wavered in that mission – and his leadership was crucial to yesterday’s victory."