Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani received the inaugural Dole Leadership Prize for his valiant leadership during the September 11 attacks in 2001.
A graduate of New York University Law School, Giuliani carved a distinguished career in the federal court system, working in different posts including U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Associate Deputy Attorney General in Washington, D.C. and as Associate Attorney General, the third highest position in the Department of Justice.
In 1989, Giuliani entered the race for mayor of New York City, but lost. However in 1993, his campaign focusing on quality of life, crime, business and education made him the 107th Mayor of the City of New York. In 1997, he was re-elected by a wide margin, carrying four out of the five boroughs.
As Mayor, Rudy Giuliani has helped New York City:
Improve its safety through enhanced law enforcement strategies and decreased crime rates;
Return to work through a successful welfare-to-work initiative, which cut welfare rolls in half;
Keep hard earned dollars at home through more than $2.5 billion in tax reductions while creating a multi-billion dollar budget surplus for the city; and
Educate its children through expanded public school budgets and curriculum reforms.
Term limits prohibited Giuliani from seeking a third term as mayor in 2001. Following the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, Mayor Giuliani provided guidance and reassurance to not only New Yorkers, but also individuals around the globe. For his leadership during this time of crisis, Giuliani became known as “America’s Mayor.”
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