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Historians Press Mayor on Giuliani

February 6, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Historians and archivists said they’ll petition Mayor Michael Bloomberg to rethink an agreement allowing a private group to store former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s records.

``We should not be asked to trust any private individual,″ historian Mike Wallace said Tuesday. ``It should remain in public hands.″

A petition signed by more than 850 scholars, government officials and journalists was to be presented to Bloomberg Wednesday.

The debate stems from an agreement between the city and the Rudolph W. Giuliani Center for Urban Affairs, run by colleagues of the ex-mayor, to store and archive the records from his eight-year term.

``I think our aim has been and will be too to preserve these records to the highest standards and make them available as all the mayor’s records have been,″ said Saul Cohen, president of the Giuliani Center.

But the agreement has been criticized by officials who say it raises concerns about preservation of the records and public access to them.

Bloomberg’s press office said Tuesday the mayor had no comment.

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