NEW YORK, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- New York offered $1 billion in bonds for sale Monday to pay for immediate needs as a result of the attack on the World Trade Center, while the National Guard will augment security at the state's airports and 100 members of Congress toured "Ground Zero."
"It's the saddest scene in the world," said Rep. Ike Skelton, a Democrat from Missouri, who recalled he had visited New York City with his family for New Year's Eve. "We were at Battery Park and of course you could see the Twin Towers. It was a wonderful experience, a beautiful sight.
"Now look at this. Look at this. Sad, sad, sad. Every American ought to be here."
New York is offering for sale $1 billion in "recovery notes" in wake of the World Trade Center disaster. The New York Transitional Finance Authority said it expects to issue Fiscal Series-A notes Tuesday, with a retail order period conducted Monday.
Work sifting through rubble at Ground Zero Monday was made more difficult for the about 1,000 firefighters, police and construction workers because of colder temperatures and rain. The air was difficult to breathe because of the still smoldering fires from the wreckage. Smoke continued to pour from the rubble of the North tower, World Trade Center Building No. 1, and a stream of water from firefighters was played on it.
John Yannucci, 40, a construction worker directing traffic at Liberty and West streets, said he wasn't supposed to talk about finding body parts.
"We've been finding a lot of stuff in there" gesturing to the rubble behind him. It's not a happy sight."
"I was in the hole five stories down. There was a lot of heat from the air pockets. They're about 1,000 degrees," he added.
The Rev. Alfred Thompson, a deputy chief of the Fire Department of New York and senior chaplain, who replaced the Rev. Mychal Judge who was killed by falling debris at the scene while giving last rites to a dying victim, said there were a lot of chaplains on the scene and "crisis intervention teams" visited every firehouses with a missing member.
Asked how it was compared to the early days at the site when they were trying to find survivors, Thompson said, "Now, it's actually easier."
New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was not at the daily briefing because, according to Gov. George Pataki, he went to a memorial for the 700 employees missing from the securities company Cantor Fitzgerald.
First Deputy Mayor Joseph Lhota said 5,219 victims were listed with the police as missing, down about 400, after further cross-checking of duplicate lists -- 344 were listed as dead and 289 were identified.
Lhota said that two schools, P.S. 150 and P.S. 234, are expected to reopen next week. Seven public schools in lower Manhattan were closed as a result of the attack on the World Trade Center.
Borough of Manhattan Community College, located four blocks from the World Trade Center, reopened Monday for the first time since Sept. 11. It was not severely damaged, but the buildings were used by rescue workers to sleep, eat and shower.
Also Monday, Pataki assigned more than 300 New York Army and Air National Guard troops to provide additional security at airports throughout the state, while Rudolph Giuliani became the first city mayor to address the United Nations in almost 50 years.
More than half of the National Guard force will be deployed to John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York City, the rest will be deployed to New York's 17 other airports.
"Our National Guard troops will provide a visible and consistent presence at our airports to ensure safety and boost confidence among travelers," Pataki said. "New York remains the financial and cultural capital of the world, offering unparalleled opportunities for business and fun that I encourage all Americans and people from around the world to see for themselves."
After completing two-day training sessions with the Federal Aviation Administration this week, Pataki said the troops would begin their work at New York airports by Friday. The Guard's principal missions will be to supplement airport security and law enforcement personnel at passenger checkpoints and augment existing ground security. Their mission is expected to last up to six months, as determined by federal authorities.
"While it would be unwise, for the sake of operational security, to publicly announce specific mission details, we will be providing a level of support consistent with the size and amount of passenger traffic of each airport," said Maj. Gen. Thomas P. Maguire, Jr., the Adjutant General of New York state. "The exact type and level of support we provide will vary based on needs as expressed to us by each airport's management and the FAA."
Meanwhile, Giuliani urged the United Nations, as it prepared a weeklong debate on international terrorism, to fight terrorism together "because you're either a part of civilization or you're not."
The 189-members of the United Nations is the first global forum on terrorism since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, which are feared to have killed more than 6,000 people.
"The United Nations must hold accountable any country that supports or condones terrorism or you will fail in your primary mission as peacekeepers," the mayor said. "This is not a time for further study or vague directives, the evidence of terrorism, brutality and inhumanity, is lying beneath the rubble of the World Trade Center less than two miles from where we meet today.
"The terrorists have no ideals with which to combat freedom and democracy," Giuliani told the General Assembly. "So their only defense is to strike out against innocent civilians, destroying human life in massive numbers and hoping to deter all of us from our pursuit and expansion of freedom."
Also Monday the deputy mayor said:
-- 5,219 people are registered as missing by the police
-- 344 declared dead
-- 289 identified dead
-- 4,461 listed as missing by relatives
-- 4,657 registered at the family assistance center
-- 1,082 death certificate requested
-- 151,155 tons of material removed
-- 10,172 trucks removed rubble
-- 70 buildings damaged but stable, repair, cleaning
-- 12 buildings listed with major structural damage
-- 1 building torn down
-- no single occupancy cars, with exceptions, allowed to enter Manhattan below 63rd St.
-- bridge traffic into Manhattan down 12 percent to 75 percent
-- $100 million a week estimate for clean up
-- $40 billion estimate for cost of attack
-- $7 billion estimate to remove WTC rubble
(Reporting by Alex Cukan in Albany, N.Y.)