Elected in 9/11 shadow, NYC mayor deepens the link

By SAMANTHA GROSS | September 6, 2011 | 2:35 AM EDT

FILE- In this Oct. 2, 2008 file photo, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to reporters about the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site in New York. Bloomberg, who once shied away from his predecessor’s suggestion that the entire World Trade Center site should be made into a "soaring, monumental" tribute now chairs the foundation responsible for the September 11 memorial. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, file)

NEW YORK (AP) — For many, Rudolph Giuliani is the mayor they will forever associate with the Sept. 11 attacks. But Michael Bloomberg's tenure has been entwined with the rebuilding that followed, and it will form a part of his legacy.

Bloomberg argued after the attacks that he was best qualified to help the city recover because of his business background. Once elected, he offended some victims' families with his pragmatic and sometimes cold style.

Over the years, he has deepened his policy involvement in the rebuilding of the trade center and the creation of a national memorial. He's now leader of the foundation responsible for it.

Hunter College political science professor Kenneth Sherrill says people will remember his tenure as a backdrop to 9/11 recovery.