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Job fair, historic reopening mark steps toward NY recovery

NEW YORK (CNN) -- The city has scheduled a job fair to assist those displaced by the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced Monday.

The fair is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, at Madison Square Garden.

The job fair is a coordinated effort between the city and the state, said Giuliani. More than 200 employers will be on hand, in fields from financial services to health care, offering more than 13,000 job openings.

"This job expo signals yet another significant milestone in the city's efforts to emerge from this difficult time in a much stronger position than before," he said.

"The priority (is to help) people who lost jobs at the Trade Center," said Giuliani, "but (the fair) could help anybody find a job."

Giuliani also announced the openings of four job centers around the city.

Many businesses remain shuttered in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, which destroyed the twin skyscrapers of the World Trade Center complex and damaged several other buildings in New York's financial district.

But the city noted another step toward recovery Monday with the reopening of historic Fraunces Tavern in lower Manhattan. The tavern, which had been closed for two years during a $2 million renovation, is the site of George Washington's 1783 farewell to the officers he commanded to victory in the Revolutionary War.

The Fraunces Tavern survived the Revolutionary War, a devastating fire in 1835 that wiped out most of lower Manhattan and now the September 11 terrorist attack. The terror attacks didn't directly affect the structure, but the collapse of the twin towers delayed its reopening.

"Fraunces Tavern has survived, the city will survive and New Yorkers will survive," managing owner Michael Rakusin said Monday. "The mayor said go on with your lives and that's exactly what we've done. We're leading the renaissance of lower Manhattan."


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