Former Governor George Pataki faced the aftermath of 9/11, as well as the rebuilding that followed.
Not only did he have to grapple with the immense amount of loss of life, but also the fact that twenty million square feet of office space was destroyed and major businesses were threatening to leave the city.
He said the most horrible part was watching the first tower fall the way that it did, and that nobody thought it would happen that way.
He explained that he met a mother who had a daughter that worked there and she was convinced her daughter would have found a safe place to hide.
Though Pataki knew those chances were slim, he did not want to hurt her further, and the daughter was never found.
In total 2,763 people were killed that day: 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers.