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Press Release
April 29, 2009

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Manhattan Institute Honors Ray Kelly and Henry Kissinger Alexander Hamilton Award

On Wednesday, April 29, 2009, the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, New York’s largest and most influential think tank, held its ninth annual Alexander Hamilton Awards Dinner. The award recognizes New Yorkers who exemplify Hamiltonian values: civic leadership, fiscal restraint, entrepreneurial spirit, and energetic public debate. A crowd of New York’s business, media, and philanthropic elite—500-strong—attended in support of the Institute. The annual black-tie fundraiser, held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, raised over $1.2 million dollars this year for MI.

The 2009 Honorees are: the Honorable Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State, who was introduced by MI trustee Peter Flanigan; and the Honorable Ray Kelly, Police Commissioner, City of New York, who was introduced by MI senior fellow Heather Mac Donald. MI Chairman Paul Singer was the dinner chairman. Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a special appearance to congratulate the awardees.

The Alexander Hamilton Award was created to celebrate New York and honor those individuals helping to foster the revitalization of our nation’s cities. The Manhattan Institute chose to name the award after Hamilton because, like the Manhattan Institute, he was a fervent proponent of commerce and civic life, and he believed the health of the nation hinged upon vibrant cities.

Over the past seven years, Commissioner Ray Kelly has worked tirelessly to keep New Yorkers safe from both crime and terrorism. With the Commissioner’s extraordinary leadership, the NYPD has continued to drive crime down to historic lows and retooled the department to address the realities of the post 9-11 world. Ray Kelly has improved the quality of life of all New Yorkers; and the Institute views this evening as a splendid opportunity to show our gratitude and admiration.

As Commissioner Kelly accepted the award, he said, “The Manhattan Institute has proven itself to be an important center of scholarship and expertise in the salient public policy issues of the day. I am honored to accept the Alexander Hamilton Award on behalf of the NYPD’s 36,000 police officers and 15,000 civilians, the most skilled and professional team in law enforcement. Their work to drive crime down and defend the city against a terrorist threat has been nothing short of remarkable.”

Secretary of State, Nobel Laureate, academic, military veteran, business leader, author, influential foreign policy thinker, Yankees fan—these are just a few of the words that can be used to describe Henry Kissinger. As an immigrant striver who served America in war and peace and one of New York City’s most actively engaged public citizens, Dr. Kissinger is the embodiment of the Hamiltonian spirit that the Institute seeks to celebrate with this annual award.

Previous award winners include Rupert Murdoch; former Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Edward Koch; author Tom Wolfe; former Governor Hugh Carey, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan; and philanthropists Roger Hertog, Chuck Brunie, and Walter Mintz.

Full video of the event will be available soon on the Manhattan Institute website,

The Manhattan Institute, a 501(c)(3), is a think tank whose mission is to develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility.




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