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79. Rudy Giuliani: The Man Who Saved New York
Randolph William Louis "Rudy" Giuliani served as Mayor
New York, the largest city in the United
, during the darkest time in the city's, and
's history. Taking office January 1, 1994, Giuliani was
during the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers
September 11, 2001. His reaction to that horrible
has been viewed by many as one of
best crisis-management cases the country has ever seen.
, his legacy as mayor is not limited to
actions following 9/11. He is also known for
tireless crusade against New York's organized crime, and
businesses. He is credited for bringing organized crime
John Gotti to justice.
Giuliani's image as being
on crime launched him into a career in
. As mayor of New York, he gained a
as a no-nonsense, tough guy that was able
get things done. His response to the crisis
September 11 earned him Time Magazine's Person of
Year recognition for 2001. He was also knighted
Britain's Queen Elizabeth in 2002.
Born into an
-American family in Flatbush, New York on May 28,
, his father had organized crime ties, which influenced
greatly as a child. His early education consisted
Catholic schools. He considered a career as a
Catholic priest for a time. He eventually graduated
Manhattan College as a political science major. He
attended the New York School of Law, and
During the days following the 9/11
, Giuliani made his presence known. He took to
media on a daily basis reassuring New Yorkers
the situation was in control, and that the
will recover, and become stronger than ever.
has been heralded for his response during the
11 attack, he was previously criticized for ignoring
Islamic threat of terrorism in light of the
Trade Center bombing of 1993.