A copy of the pared-down text was read to the governor.
"He wholeheartedly agreed with the less-is-more approach," said Lisa Dewald Stoll, Mr. Pataki's communications director. He asked that the text be circulated to ensure that everyone was comfortable with it.
"The governor's only specific request was that we remove the names," Ms. Stoll said. There went the Honorable George E. Pataki, the Honorable James E. McGreevey and the Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg.
Larry A. Silverstein, the developer of the tower, was enthralled with the final version of the text,
said Howard Rubenstein, a spokesman for Mr. Silverstein. At the Innovative Stone yard and factory in Hauppauge, on Long Island, the granite block was polished by Josveek Huligar and engraved by John Garafolo.
"To honor and remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and as a tribute to the enduring spirit of freedom,"
the cornerstone says. "July Fourth 2004."