I am honored and proud to be the Mayor of this beautiful Village, and to be here tonight with all of you!
I find inspiration and guidance in the words of great leaders whose influence has contributed to who our nation is today. I’d like to share quotes from two New Yorkers. The first was an immigrant who came to NYC to attend college. At the time of our nation’s founding, Alexander Hamilton published these words:
The world has its eye upon America. The noble struggle we have made in the cause of liberty, has occasioned a kind of revolution in human sentiment…
Let those in whose hands it is placed, pause for a moment, and contemplate with an eye of reverence, the vast trust committed to them… Let them ask themselves this solemn question— Is the sacrifice of a few mistaken, or criminal individuals, an object worthy of the shifts to which we are reduced to evade the constitution and the national engagements?
Then let them review the arguments that have been offered with dispassionate candour; and if they even doubt the propriety of the measures, they may be about to adopt, let them remember, that in a doubtful case, the constitution ought never to be hazarded, without extreme necessity.
In a moment when the world was facing war, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt spoke these words:
Since the beginning of our American history we have been engaged in change, in a perpetual, peaceful revolution, a revolution which goes on steadily, quietly, adjusting itself to changing conditions…
This nation has placed its destiny in the hands and heads and hearts of its millions of free men and women, and its faith in freedom under the guidance of God. Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights and keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose.