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Statement of Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the NYC Service Initiative


Location: Washington, DC


Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today released the following statement in response to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's new service initiative, as delivered by Caroline Kennedy:

As Prepared for Delivery

I commend Mayor Bloomberg for this impressive NYC Service initiative, and I wish very much that I could be with you all today.

Service has been my family's cause for decades, and it's long been a cause with champions too numerous to count. President Kennedy inspired the whole nation with the call to serve in his Inaugural Address. President Obama has made a career of service to others, and today he's leading a nationwide effort to renew the call to service for our own day and generation.

It's inspiring as well that we can count Mayor Bloomberg among those champions.

* He knows that service can make a difference not only in the lives of those who are served but also in the lives of those who serve.
* He knows that service learning early in life can put a young student on a path to a lifetime of service.
* He knows that more and more Americans are retiring from their jobs both with a desire to serve and with the skills that modern service requires.
* And most of all, he knows that large numbers of our fellow citizens are ready, willing and able to serve, and that all we have to do is ask.

As we know so well, the struggling economy has hit New York City hard. But this city can also count on its many skilled, talented, and compassionate people of every age, race and income level to pitch in and help out. All of them have something to give - to their school, to their community, to our country, to the family next door.

The NYC Service initiative is well-designed to make sure that many more New Yorkers will have the opportunity to do so. What a difference that will make!

Thank you so much, Mayor Bloomberg, and thank you all.

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