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11/13/2006 12:20 PM ET
Government leaders on Citigroup, the Mets and Citi Field
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New York State Governor George E. Pataki

This great project will result in a brand new, beautiful ballpark for one of the region's most legendary sports organizations and their fans, The Amazin' New York Mets. The Mets are an inseparable and dynamic part of the fabric of New York. This great ballclub and its fans deserve a ballpark that is worthy of their current and future standing among the game's elite -- a new field that represents this team's tremendous promise, the incredible dedication of its fans and the high standards of its owners. New York State is proud to partner with the City of New York, the Wilpons and Saul Katz and the Mets on this enormous contribution and commitment to the revitalization and future prosperity of New York.

I also want to congratulate Citigroup for their historic partnership that will create even more resources for the community. The construction of Citi Field will generate thousands of jobs for the area's dedicated workforce, provide for investment and tax revenue, and infuse a renewed sense of excitement in the surrounding communities.

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

This is a glorious moment for our friends in Queens, in the City of New York, for the New York Mets and at Citigroup. We all share in the enthusiasm as two New York institutions have partnered together to build a beautiful new home for the Mets, and a better New York. This partnership extends to our communities with the creation of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in incremental fiscal revenue for the City and State. We eagerly await the cry of "Play Ball" as we watch our Mets charge the diamond at Citi Field.

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno

The New York Mets have given sports fans across this state so many memorable moments through the years. Citi Field is an excellent example of what can result when two New York institutions partner together. Now, Mets fans and baseball enthusiasts alike can enjoy plenty of exciting games in a state-of-the-art facility that will create new jobs and generate additional economic development opportunities for the region. I congratulate the Mets and Citigroup on this groundbreaking, and look forward to celebrating a World Series Championship in the very near future.

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

I congratulate these two great New York institutions, the Mets and Citigroup, on their partnership agreement. I look forward to watching David Wright, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and all of the Amazins, in a facility befitting the next great Major League Baseball dynasty.

Empire State Development Corporation Chairman Charles A. Gargano

This is a momentous and exciting day for the New York Mets, their fans, the City and State. Citi Field will create jobs and opportunities and help our economy grow even stronger as a legendary New York team gets a new home.

New York City Deputy Mayor Daniel L. Doctoroff

There is great synergy between the Mets and Citigroup fueling their commitment to the community and fans. This landmark agreement will stimulate economic development in both Flushing and Willets Point, creating much-needed jobs, and private investment.

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn

The Council, the Administration and the Mets organization have taken great strides to achieve development plans that will result in strong economic growth and community development. Citi Field stands to serve as a substantial investment in the future of the Queens community and the City of New York.

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall

Today, we begin a new era in the history of New York Mets' baseball. We break ground for Citi Field that will replace one of the oldest stadiums in the National League. For two generations, the Mets have heard diehard fans cheer them on in Shea Stadium, which opened in 1964 after 29 months and $28 million. The old Shea has also been home to the New York Jets, hosted the Beatles and even a pope, John Paul II.

It's now time for a change -- and thanks to the Wilpon family and Saul Katz, for their investment in the Mets and Queens, change is afoot. Seats will be filled here on Opening Day 2009 when the Mets win their season opener in the new, uniquely-designed Citi Field that will bring fans closer to the action.

With a private investment in excess of $600 million and more than $165 million from the public sector, the Amazins' future is now secure and the economy of Queens is strengthened. New housing, retail and cultural opportunities are planned nearby and Citi Field is a lynchpin, the icing on the cake, for this entire redevelopment.

Governor-Elect Eliot Spitzer

I congratulate Governor Pataki, Mayor Bloomberg, Majority Leader Bruno, Speaker Silver, Citigroup and the many others whose advocacy and commitment sparked a rally for a new ball park. It's a game winning home run for New Yorkers, the entire Met organization, and its millions of fans.

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