Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been in charge of the 9/11 anniversary ceremonies at Ground Zero for the past nine years, yet as the tenth anniversary approaches, it appears other elected officials are doing their best to control the proceedings.
Mayor Bloomberg announced last month that the ceremony would be led by President Obama, former President George W. Bush, Governor Andrew Cuomo, NJ Governor Christie, former NY Governor George Pataki, Bloomberg and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Bloomberg said that all of the elected officials would read brief lines of poetry at the ceremony, as his been the custom.
Yesterday however, The Wall Street Journal reported New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has quietly been pushing the Bloomberg administration to allow him to give more substantive remarks at the ceremony, i.e. a speech.
And although Bloomberg's administration insisted the program had been finalized, with preselected passages to be read, Richard Bamberger, a spokesman for Mr. Cuomo, told the Journal "We are working on what the program is going to be."
Speaking to the press this morning, Bloomberg told reporters, “Everybody will do exactly the same thing. Nobody’s going to give a political speech. This is much too solemn an event. And I’m sure Gov. Cuomo and Gov. Christie understand that.”
The New York Post cites unidentified sources today that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie privately called New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg a "Napoleon", a "dictator" and a "putz" over Bloomberg's omission of former New Jersey Governor Donald DiFrancesco, who was Governor during the September 11th attacks, from next month's ceremony.
Later that day however, Bloomberg extended an invitation to DiFrancesco -- saying all the former governor had to do to be included was ask.
"Though former Governor DiFrancesco hadn't asked to speak at the previous 9/11 memorial ceremonies, the New Jersey's Governor's Office asked on his behalf this afternoon," a Bloomberg spokesman said. "He'll have the same role in this year's ceremony as the other officials in elected office."