Congressman Adriano Espaillat Statement on 16th Anniversary of September 11th Attacks

September 11, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on the 16th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

“September 11th serves as a reminder of the tragic loss of nearly 3,000 innocent Americans and our strength as a country to stand in the face of terrorism and adversity,” said Rep. Espaillat. “While it is one of the greatest tragedies in recent memory, 9/11 is also a day that Americans united around the country to help and comfort one another. We witnessed countless individuals charge back into smoke and flames to help their fellow New Yorkers, colleagues at the Pentagon, and passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 who sacrificed their lives. We are forever grateful to the first responders and all who volunteered to risk their lives and their long-term health during the rescue and recovery efforts.

“As we reflect on the attacks of September 11th, we recommit ourselves and our work – regardless of political ideology, background, race, ethnicity, gender, orientation or citizenship status – to stand united, together and as one, in the face of terrorism that seeks to destroy our way of life, liberty and freedom that we hold dear as a country.

“May God continue to bless our 9/11 families and first responders. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.”

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at

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