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Line the Levees Project for PCU New York

October 12th, 2009

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Contact: Carrie DeVriesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

504.558.1840

devries@theehrhardtgroup.com

CITIZENS ENCOURAGED TO LINE THE LEVEES IN SPECIAL SEND-OFF FOR

USS NEW YORK – LPD 21

Ship Incorporates Nearly Eight Tons of Steel Salvaged from World Trade Center Towers in Honor of Victims of 9/11

NEW ORLEANS – The Greater New Orleans Executives Association (GNOEA) is encouraging citizens to “Line the Levees,” Tuesday, Oct. 13 to salute the USS New York – LPD 21 as it sails from Avondale, through Jefferson and Orleans Parish and past downtown New Orleans between 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Residents of metro New Orleans are encouraged to line the East and West Banks of the Mississippi River.

The ship will travel to New York City for a week-long commissioning ceremony scheduled for Nov. 7.

The USS New York – LPD 21, constructed at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Avondale was named in honor of the victims of 9/11. It incorporates in its construction nearly 8 tons of steel salvaged from the fallen World Trade Center towers. The ship’s motto is “Strength forged through sacrifice. Never Forget.”

Lola Lass, President of GNOEA, said her group suggested the send-off celebration to allow the community one final opportunity to salute the ship, its crew and the men and women who spent more than five years building it.

Video here about this project from New Orleans Local Station WDSU

http://www.wdsu.com/video/17360129/index.html

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Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS New York

August 22nd, 2009

Filed under: News — admin @ 6:48 am

Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS New York
Story Number: NNS090821-07
Release Date: 8/21/2009 1:00:00 PM
Top News Story - Editors should consider using these stories first in local publications.

From Naval Sea Systems Command

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy officially accepted delivery of the future USS New York (LPD 21) from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding (NGSB) during a ceremony Aug. 21 at the company’s Avondale shipyard in New Orleans.

http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/weeklynews/july09/ussny.html

New York is the first of three LPD 17-class ships built in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The ship’s bow stem was constructed using 7.5 tons of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center. The Navy named the eighth and ninth ships of the class – Arlington and Somerset – in honor of the victims of the attacks on the Pentagon and United Flight 93 respectively. Arlington and Somerset are also incorporating materials salvaged from those sites.

New York completed acceptance trials July 24, performing well for the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). During the detailed inspection, all shipboard systems and equipment, including combat, ship, machinery control and mission systems, were successfully demonstrated during a series of demanding inport and at-sea test events. This trial confirmed the continuing improved class trend in system design specifications and quality assurance programs.

“This ship will be a symbol,” said Capt. Bill Galinis, the LPD 17-class program manager for the Navy’s Program Executive Office for Ships. “The Navy and the shipbuilder have worked hand-in-hand to deliver this highly capable warship to the Navy and our nation. It has been a tremendous privilege for all of us who have had an opportunity to participate in the construction of this ship.”

The principal mission of LPD 17-class amphibious transport dock ships is to transport and deploy the necessary combat and support elements of Marine expeditionary units and brigades. The ship will carry approximately 720 troops and have the capability of transporting and debarking air cushion (LCAC) or conventional landing craft and expeditionary fighting vehicles (EFV), augmented by helicopters or vertical take off and landing aircraft (MV 22). These ships will support amphibious assault, special operations and expeditionary warfare missions through the first half of the 21st century.

New York is the fifth ship of the LPD 17-class and the fifth ship in the Navy to be named after the Empire State. Arrival in New York is scheduled for November. Early events will be focused on ship’s crew, their families, first responders and 9/11 families. Public viewing is scheduled in the days prior to and days following the commissioning, slated for Nov. 7.

For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/navsea/.

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Mayor Bloomberg Discusses the Rebuilding of New Orleans and New York in Weekly Radio Address

February 1st, 2008

Filed under: Speeches — admin @ 10:40 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PR-421-07 November 18, 2007

The following is the text of Mayor Bloomberg’s weekly radio address as prepared for delivery on 1010 WINS News Radio for Sunday, November 18, 2007

“Good Morning. This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg.”  On Friday, I attended the National League of Cities Conference in New Orleans. The organizers chose New Orleans to host this year’s conference to give local leaders from across the nation an opportunity to see a city that has dealt with an enormous catastrophe and is now coming back stronger and better than ever.”It’s a story that New Yorkers know well. And as I walked the streets of the Crescent City, and met with the people who call it home, I was struck by the same spirit of resilience that I saw in New York in the months following 9/11. One of the most powerful symbols of that resilience is the U.S.S. New York, a Navy warship currently under construction in New Orleans. The ship, which is being built from steel recovered from the World Trade Center, was in a shipyard on the banks of the Mississippi when Hurricane Katrina hit. And despite the devastation that occurred all around it, the ship survived the storm and remained intact.”It was heartening to see. Equally heartening are the signs of progress throughout the city of New Orleans: homes being rebuilt, new businesses and restaurants going up, and a population that is now increasing at a pace of nearly 5,000 new residents a month. It’s not easy to rebuild communities in the wake of a tragedy, but it is possible, and Lower Manhattan is a shining example of that. The neighborhood’s comeback as a residential community is one of our city’s greatest success stories.”Over the past six years, Lower Manhattan’s population has grown by some 20,000 people – and more than 10,000 units of housing have opened. Not surprisingly, the school-age population in this area is also booming. To meet the growing need for classroom space, last week I stood with State leaders to announce plans to build a new, nine-story public school in Battery Park City. The school will include students from pre-kindergarten through the 8th grade. It will create nearly 40 new classrooms and 950 new seats, and serve as the City’s first ‘Green School.’”The resurgence that Lower Manhattan is experiencing right now is just incredible. It’s exactly what we hoped for when we outlined our “Vision for Lower Manhattan” in 2002. Over the past five years, we’ve focused as much on making the area a good place to live as we have on encouraging the growth of business. We’ve done that by spurring the development of new housing – including affordable housing, by driving crime to new lows, by creating parks and waterfront areas that improve neighborhood quality of life, and by investing in the good public schools that are the backbone of any thriving residential community.”For New York – and for cities across the nation – these are the ingredients for success. But they can only be realized when government holds itself accountable for results. That was the message I brought to the National League of Cities Conference in New Orleans last week. New York has come a long way over a short period of time, and we’re not about to ease up. To ensure our city’s future, we’re going to keep thinking big, investing strategically and measuring our progress every step of the way.”This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Thanks for listening.”

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The future USS New York LPD-21 under construction at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems’ shipyard in Avondale, LA, will be the fifth amphibious transport dock of the San Antonio class. The ship was named New York after the state and incorporates in its construction steel salvaged from the World Trade Centers. Her ship motto is "Never Forget." "We're very proud that the twisted steel from the WTC towers will soon be used to forge an even stronger national defense," New York Gov. George Pataki spoke in 2002. "The USS New York will soon be defending freedom and combating terrorism around the globe, while also ensuring that the world never forgets the evil attacks of Sept. 11 and the courage and strength New Yorkers showed.” This will be the seventh U.S. ship named New York.

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