As the soot and dirt and ash rained down - we became one color.

As we carried each other down the stairs of the burning building -
we became one class.

As we lit candles of waiting and hope - we became one generation.

As the firefighters and police officers fought their way into the inferno - we became one gender.

As we fell to our knees in prayer for strength - we became one faith.

As we whispered or shouted words of encouragement - we spoke one language.

As we gave our blood in lines a mile long - we became one body.

As we mourned together the great loss - we became one family.

As we cried tears of grief and loss - we became one soul.

As we retell with pride of the sacrifice of heroes - we become one people.

We are - one color, one class, one generation, one gender, one faith, 
one language, one body, one family, one soul, one people...

We are The Power of ONE.  We are United.  We are America!!!




















World Trade Center Business Recovery Grant Program

February, 2002

Dear Business Owner:

 During the past few months, millions of compassionate and caring Americans have offered unprecedented support and assistance to those affected by the attack on the World Trade Center.  Through their efforts the spirit of New York and the spirit of America has been renewed.

 We must continue our efforts to restore the strength of New York’s economy, and to do that we must rebuild our nation’s financial capital, New York City.  To help that process I am pleased to announce the World Trade Center Business Recovery Grant Program, an initiative designed to assist businesses and not-for-profit organizations on or south of 14th Street in Lower Manhattan.

 The WTC Business Recovery Grant Program will provide cash grants to eligible businesses and not-for-profit organizations to compensate them for economic losses resulting from the disaster.  The program will provide assistance in an amount ranging from 2 to 10 days of gross revenues, capped at $50,000 to $300,000 per business, depending on location. To be eligible for assistance through the program, applicants must show proof of business location in the eligible area as of September 11th.

 To determine if your company qualifies for funding, carefully review program information attached below, complete an application and bring it to the WTC Business Recovery Center at 2 Rector Street.  Applications may also be mailed to:  WTC Business Recovery Grant Program, Empire State Development, P.O. Box 4438, Grand Central Station, New York, NY  10017. 

If you have questions about the program, visit the 2 Rector Street or 140 William Street Business Recovery Centers, call 1-800-ILOVENY (1-800-456-8369), 1-866-227-0458 or send an e-mail to

 Thank you for all you have done to keep your business running in New York City – the business capital of the world.  Together, with your help and determination we will prevail.


George E. Pataki,

Michael R. Bloomberg



World Trade Center Disaster Action Plan for Businesses


January, 2002

Dear Business Owner:

 The attack on the World Trade Center had a substantial, negative impact on the New York City economy.  Although the attack was directed at the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, its economic impacts were broader, strongly affecting industries as disparate as financial services, travel and tourism and retail.

 Ensuring economic recovery in New York City will require concerted actions by all levels of government and the private sector.  The task will involve several steps:

  • First, we must help affected businesses survive the physical damage and economic dislocation that has resulted from the attack, so that they may continue to provide jobs.

  • Second, we must ensure that New York City does not lose substantial employment as a result of corporate relocations outside the City because of the attack.

  • Third, we must undertake necessary actions to rebuild the area of Manhattan that was destroyed or damaged.

Empire State Development (ESD) has developed the following Action Plan for the $700 million appropriated to New York State through the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for economic recovery.  ESD has cooperated with the City of New York and its designated lead agency, the Economic Development Corporation (EDC), in designing the programmatic and administrative aspects of the plan. 

These funds will help countless businesses and help revive the economy of Lower Manhattan. This vital part of our city, state and nation will come back stronger than ever and will help to ensure that New York will remain the world's preeminent city and its financial capital.


George E. Pataki,

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