Earlier this week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that 9/11 first responders would be excluded from the tenth anniversary ceremony in order to accommodate the families of the victims.
This isn’t sitting well with the cops and firefighters who rushed to the scene or worked down there for months afterward, and, in an interview on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” retired police officer Jim Ryder recalled the arm-twisting that needed to occur for the mayor to overthrow the city’s term limit law and wondered why he couldn’t do the same here.
“We don’t know why,” he said. “Michael Bloomberg is a very intelligent man. There is always ways you can figure out something and the good Mayor Bloomberg figured out a way to get a third term. That took him a little while, and some effort. I’m sure he could have figured out a way to invite us down there.”