in September 2001, two weeks to the day after the World Trade Centre attacks, NY continued the democratic process to elect a new mayor.
He [Pataki] also wanted to send a message that democracy could not be derailed by acts of terrorism, his aides said yesterday. Announcing that the primaries would go ahead, the governor described Mr Giuliani as “a great mayor”. But he added: “The election is going to go forward. I tell you, if I were a resident of New York City, I would write him in.”
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it would do well for everyone involved to remember that.