New York Governor George Pataki says the primary elections scheduled for next Tuesday will go ahead, and holding them will make an important statement about the city's ability to get back to normal life.

The elections had actually begun on Tuesday, September 11, when the terrorists struck. The voting was immediately shut down and rescheduled for September 25.

But some people have recently argued that the primary elections should be further delayed, because many voters in New York City are not focusing on the political candidates. However, Governor Pataki says holding the elections will send an important message. "This was not just an attack on the two towers, it was an attack on our freedoms. One of those important freedoms is our right to freely choose the elected representatives to lead us," he said.

Many New Yorkers say they are disappointed that, because of a term-limit law in New York, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is not able to run for a third term. Mr. Giuliani has received almost universal praise for his leadership and compassion during the crisis.

At a late news briefing on Friday, the mayor said the number of people officially listed as missing remains at 6,333. However, Mr. Giuliani said officials are now carefully reviewing the entire list and re-checking the number of foreign nationals included in the count. He said the number of missing could go up or down, depending on the re-checking.