New York City Steps Up Security In Wake Of Bin Laden’s Death

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There is no specific terror threat against New York City. But extra police officers are at the World Trade Center site, airports, bridges and in our subways just in case.

You’ve seen extra security measures in the last few years before. Of course, never with the added urgency of something like the death of Osama bin Laden. But everywhere in our area, you will see more of a police presence. Though, of course, what you do not see is an even more important element of the security. At every transportation mode that you can imagine; at key buildings; at bridges; and tunnels, security has been stepped up more than just a notch.

“We put out a directive to all of our offices to be alert for suspicious packages or any evidence our transit system or infrastructure or iconic locations are being targeted,” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

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Kelly kept the 4 p.m. to midnight shift on an extra tour of duty on Sunday night when advised of bin Laden’s death, primarily to beef up the presence on the subways, which are always a concern.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that although bin Laden is dead, vigilance remains key.

“We have to make sure that we continue to keep ourselves as safe as possible,” Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg also said New York City will continue to do whatever it takes to remain as secure as possible.

“You can rest assured,” he said, “We are going to provide the security that is needed and then figure out how to pay for it.”

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New York City officials told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer that they’re always on high alert in the Big Apple, but that they were adding the usual anti-terrorist overlay to their usual plans. They said that locations that could be potential targets for terror attacks will get additional protection.

“I’m not [worried at all]. I feel very confident, being a New Yorker, that the municipality will take care of it,” said Jerry Yuen of Sunnyside, Queens.

That was the attitude: extra security? By all means.

“I have no trouble with it. I was actually in the Trade Center so I was actually thrilled with it. It was good to hear,” straphanger Steve McGivney said.

“Getting the news last night feels like a victory. But today’s still just another … another day. So, we’re still gonna keep living. We still have to be careful. But, you’re gonna have to just keep going on,” added Carrie Hoffman of the East Village.

I stop and think. You know, you always worry. You always gotta look around and make sure. You know? You pay attention to what’s going on around you. And then hope for the best,” said Anthony Barbaro of Canarsie.

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And while Barbaro’s attitude was philosophical, Commissioner Kelly has to take a far more pragmatic view, because he knows the subways are just one of many potential targets, especially for someone looking to get revenge for bin Laden on their own. Kelly, though, said the city is ready.

“We are certainly not taking any chances. Our assumption is that bin Laden’s disciples would like nothing better than to avenge his death,” Kelly said.

As mentioned before, Kelly was briefed about bin Laden by Washington before it became public, but the NYPD and other agencies have always had a plan for this day, operating on the assumption that sooner or later, bin Laden would be brought down. So the heightened security you see at train stations, ferries, key buildings, religious institutions, and airports are something that has been worked on for some time.

And the public appears to understand that a little inconvenience is the price we must all pay.

“I think we’re at risk every day. I think they’re doing a good job keeping us protected. I feel safer now that he’s gone,” said Subhang Shah of New Hyde Park, N.Y.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said it will add more police at the facilities it runs, which include the airports, the George Washington Bridge and ground zero. The measures aren’t a response to any current threat and all the facilities will operate normally otherwise, the Port Authority said.

“This response is not based on a current threat, but out of an abundance of caution until we have the chance to learn more,” the agency said.

There is more security at the Empire State Building, which, after 9/11, reclaimed the title of tallest building in New York City.

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Though some felt it was like an ordinary day there, others found themselves staring downtown at the area where the Twin Towers once stood.

Eighty four Port Authority employees died in the attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Rail riders in Connecticut may noticed an increased security presence.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau With Connecticut Homeland Security Commissioner Peter Boynton

But this is just a coincidence. New teams began their work last week.

Connecticut Homeland Security commissioner Peter Boynton said there was no immediate plan to boost security, but did stress the importance of the public’s eyes and ears.

“Because they’re so familiar with their routine, they’re going to be the first to notice if something just doesn’t seem right,” he told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

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For some, the new concern is complacency.

“And that’s my biggest concern,” Richard Sheirer, former director of New York City’s Office of Emergency Management, told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell. “That we, you know, say ‘Oh well. Bin Laden’s gone… It’s the end of al Qaeda.’ I doubt that.”

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Does Osama bin Laden’s death make you more or less concerned about a terror attack? Leave a comment below…

  • Taquan

    Obama finally did it….Bush (white man) couldn’t do it…..4 more years!

    • niklu

      Scary to know people like you vote,

  • WOLF

    The radicals of the world who have always hated the fact that USA is a society of freedom wherein people have much control of their own lives. There are still many places in the world that do not have the freedoms Americans have, and people like the Taliban and Al Quida want to keep the Middle East and Muslims from knowing free life and freedom of choice exists in this world. So they choose to wage war on freedom. And it will not end here. It’s been happening for thousands of years, just in different methods.

  • Christian Curious

    When people pray to God for help in killing, which ones does God help?

  • Nick

    Like muslimes ever needed an excuse to murder people?

  • Mick Davis

    Do you REALLY believe bin Laden did 9/11, with no help from traitors right here in the USA?

    Do you really believe the government never lies to us?

    Do you believe the news media is not controlled by powerful corpserations, which in turn are controlled by the government?

    Did you ever wonder how four allegedly hijacked subsonic airliners can go off course, out of communication, and fly towards known terrorist targets for over an hour, with not even one of them being intercepted by NORAD, the world’s most sophisticated aerospace defense system?

    Can you explain the collapse of WTC building 7 about 5 hours after the towers collapsed? Building 7 only had minor damage that did not involve its structural integrity, yet it collapsed suddenly, completely, and straight down at near free-fall speed in a collapse with all the characteristics of a controlled demolition by explosives. Such explosive demolitions take weeks or months to set up in a building of that size!

    Ever wonder why independent thinkers sometimes refer to the American public as “Sheeple?”

    • niklu

      Yes Mike….. Do you beleive we actually walked on the moon?
      Do you believe nothing happend at Roswell ?
      Was Kennedy actually shot by Oswald ?
      Do you think Lincoln was shot or just part of the show?
      Did Peter Piper actually pick a peck of pickled peppers?

      Got to love you conspiracy guys!

    • Mike D'Joofaygit

      What the hell are “corpserations”?

    • JUDAS




  • niklu

    Before they dropped his stinking body in the ocean, why couldn’t they have done a “Mussolini” on him?
    That would have been fun to watch

  • William Kimbell

    God Bless Amercica. This will get better now…

  • jerryfan

    As was pointed out by someone commenting on the news reports, everybody should refrain from commenting until Donald Trump’s scubadivers establish that the body in the sea really is that of bin Laden.

  • HudsonInstituteInmate

    Osams’s legacy is more overtime for police to add to their gold-plated pensions. Didn’t he realize that we’re broke?

  • Sarcastic SOB

    This should now be a time of great fear. Millions of people perished in the terrible attacks that followed 9/11, exactly as our trusting government told us would happen. So, first, we should suspend the US Constitution and give 100% free reign to our law enforcement and military personnel. They need to search any homes, vehicles, and people that they wish – no probable cause needed. Because now more than ever, we need security – and the price of security is liberty. But not to worry – our trusted politicians will restore the Constitution once the danger has passed … most likely within the next 100 years.

    Remember, when the citizens live in constant fear … your government is very happy :)

    • JUDAS


    • Any Elected Official

      “…our trusted politicians…”

      Comedy GOLD!



  • Jose A.Ortiz

    NO.We don’t need to hide and march proud to be AMERICANS.Just be carefull .GOD WILL PROTECT US.GO U.S.A.

  • Military Mom

    I think back to 9/11, when our oldest son had just begun his first year away at college mere weeks before. and now today he serves with the US Army in Bagram, Afghanistan. While we lost no one personally that day, it changed everyone and obviously so many of our young people directly. My only hope is that this (Bin Laden’s death) doesn’t precipitate a wave of anti-americanism, more terrorist attacks around the world, and specifically violence and rebellion in the prison housing Al-Qaeda terrorists my son (MP) works in as a guard.



    • Donna

      Dear Military Mom,
      A big thank you to your son for serving our country. And a big thank you to you for raising such a selfless young man.

  • A citizen of the world

    Now that Osama Bin Laden to rest.. One would hope that it would begin to lessen the problems.. Unfortunately in a war waged by suicidal acts of small groups of people versus an army it is a different war. And there are still people who use hate to inspire others to kill themselves in the name of honor. Until all the Muslims learn that the opression comes not from the Westerners but from their own people, peace will be hard fought.. Most of the wealthiest people in the world are their breatheren who live like westerners in luxury and support terrorism to deflect the scrutiny of their own lives.

    • nathan

      Look at whats happening all over the middle east: young ppl are turning to Democracy and away from AQ. It will take decades, but its already happening

  • Kojo

    I am African but I love the United States of America. America is great and there is nothing anybody can do about it, period!



  • Bigbrostyx Walls

    I recall stating that I don’t want to hear anything about Usama Bin Laden until he’s caught.

  • steve

    Why are some articles spelling his name as Usama? Because Osama is too close to Obama?

    • quence111

      You’re and Idiot

      • steve

        You’re a poopy-face.

    • Odile

      It is originally a name that is spelled in Arabic and the English language does not have the exact letter for it, so it can be spelled either with an o or an u. Other names have different spellings for the same reason – Osman, Ousmane, Othman are all the same name. Steven and Stephane are also the same name, different spellings because of different accents and prononciations through different periods.

  • NYC

    so we need to HIDE?



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