Featuring former New York City Mayor
1944, Rudolph W. Giuliani was born to a working class family in Brooklyn,
N. Y. As the grandson of Italian immigrants, Rudy Giuliani learned a
strong work ethic and a deep respect for America's ideal of equal
opportunity. He attended Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School (Class of
'61) in Brooklyn, Manhattan College (Class of '65) in the Bronx and New
York University Law School in Manhattan, graduating magna cum laude in
Upon graduation, Rudy Giuliani clerked for Judge Lloyd MacMahon, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. In 1970, Giuliani joined the office of the United States Attorney. At age 29, he was named Chief of the Narcotics Unit and rose to serve as executive United States Attorney. In 1975, Giuliani was recruited to Washington, D.C., where he was named Associate Deputy Attorney General and chief of staff to the Deputy Attorney General. From 1977 to 1981, Giuliani returned to New York to practice law at Patterson, Belknap, Webb and Tyler.
In 1981, Giuliani was named Associate Attorney General, the third highest position in the Department of Justice. As Associate Attorney General, Giuliani supervised all of the U.S. Attorney Offices' Federal law enforcement agencies, the Bureau of Corrections, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the U.S. Marshals. In 1983, Giuliani was appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he spearheaded efforts against drug dealers, organized crime, government corruption, and white-collar criminals. Few United States Attorneys in history can match his record of 4,152 convictions with only 25 reversals.
In 1993, he was elected the 107th Mayor of the City of New York, after a campaign focusing on quality of life, crime, business and education. In 1997 he was re-elected by a wide margin, carrying four out of New York City's five boroughs.
As Mayor, Rudy Giuliani returned accountability to city government and improved the quality of life for all New Yorkers. Under his leadership, overall crime fell 65 percent, murder was reduced by 70 percent, and New York City - once infamous around the world for its dangerous streets - was recognized by the F.B.I. as the safest large city in America for the past five years. New York City's law enforcement strategies have become models for other cities around the world, particularly the CompStat program, which won the 1996 Innovations in Government Award from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
When Mayor Giuliani took office, one of every seven New Yorkers was on welfare. Mayor Giuliani restored the work ethic, implementing the largest and most successful welfare-to-work initiative in the country cutting welfare rolls 60 percent while moving 640,000 individuals from dependency to the dignity of self-sufficiency. In addition, Giuliani enacted over $2.5 billion in tax reductions - including the commercial rent tax, personal income tax, and the hotel occupancy tax. These reforms, combined with the fiscal discipline which enabled the mayor to turn an inherited $2.3 billion dollar budget deficit into a multi-billion dollar surplus, led New York City to an era of broad-based growth with a record 450,000 new private sector jobs created in eight years. As news of the city's resurgence spread around the nation and the world, tourism grew to record levels. Under Rudy Giuliani's leadership, New York City became the best-known example of the resurgence of urban America.
On Sept. 11, 2001, America suffered the worst attack in its history when terrorists crashed planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Thousands of New Yorkers were killed, including hundreds of members of the city's uniformed services, who rushed to the scene to lead the heroic rescue of tens of thousands of people. Having narrowly missed being crushed when the Towers fell, Mayor Giuliani immediately began leading the recovery of the city as it faced its darkest hour. Tirelessly working to restore the city and the morale of its residents, Mayor Giuliani was widely lauded for his steady hand during frightening times. For his efforts, he was named Person of the Year by Time magazine, knighted by the Queen of England, dubbed Rudy the Rock by French President Jaques Chirac, and former first lady Nancy Reagan presented him with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Freedom Award.
Limited by New York City law to two terms as mayor, Rudy Giuliani founded Giuliani Partners in January, 2002, quickly establishing the professional services firm as a leader in fields including emergency preparedness, public safety, leadership during crises, and financial management. Drawing on his experience in turning a city described as ungovernable into a city that is now a worldwide example of good government and effective management, Giuliani was recognized in Spring 2002 as Consultant of the Year by Consulting magazine.