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Bloomberg Touts City’s ‘Most Sophisticated’ Anti-Terror Operation, Offers Support To Boston

Mayor: 'We're Committed To Doing Everything We Can To Support Them'
Mayor Michael Bloomberg (file / credit: Edward Reed / Mayor's Office)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (file / credit: Edward Reed / Mayor’s Office)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg dedicated his weekly address to the terror that cast a shadow over Boston last week.

Bloomberg again offered his thoughts and prayers to the entire city and those impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings, the shootout at MIT and the ensuing manhunt that led authorities to the lone surviving suspect of the blasts.

“New Yorkers will never forget the incredible generosity Bostonians displayed after our city was struck by terrorists on 9/11. And we’re committed to doing everything we can to support them in the wake of this awful tragedy,” Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg also noted the increased security across New York will remain in effect to try to prevent copycat attacks.

“We’re also doing everything possible to protect New Yorkers from any related threats that might emerge. We fully mobilized our counter-terrorism resources immediately after the Boston bombing, and we’ve adjusted those measures as we learned more about that attack,” the mayor said. “Over the past 11 years, we have built the world’s largest and most sophisticated local counter-terrorism operation. We’ve dedicated 1,000 members of the NYPD to counter-terrorism duties, and we’ve given them the tools, as well as the training they need to do their jobs. That includes investing heavily in our counter-terrorism infrastructure, including a network of cameras and other technology tools to improve our chances of thwarting a possible attack.”

As of Sunday, bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, remained in serious condition and was reportedly unable to speak. His older brother Tamerlan, 26, was killed during a shootout with police early Friday morning.

The mayor also used some of his weekly address to again condemn the Senate’s failure to pass a federal background check measure.

“Last week, despite the cries of a nation heartbroken in the wake of Newtown and Aurora and Tucson and cities across America stricken by gun violence, the U.S. Senate bowed to pressure from the special interests and failed to pass a single measure aimed at stemming the bloodshed,” said Bloomberg.

Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Tom Menino are co-chairs of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which has in recent months led the charge against gun violence. The group has also pledged to issue letter grades to members of Congress, the same way the NRA does, in an effort to educate the public.

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