NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that New York is constantly on alert for coordinated terror attacks — especially in the wake of an attack in Paris that has killed dozens.
Speaking with 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria the mayor said there was no specific threat to the city.
“I can tell you that NYPD is on very high alert and in constant with the FBI and other federal agencies and with our counterparts in France. We have an NYPD presence in fact in France – we are in direct contact with our own people there,” the mayor said.
Mayor de Blasio said that police officers had been deployed to a number of locations around the city, including French government buildings.
“And our counterterrorism efforts are underway right now – in the sense that we have put additional resources at the French Commission to the UN and at the France Consulate here in the city. And you’ll also see a beefed up NYPD presence at some of the most populated and busiest areas of the city this evening as an extra precaution. But there is no specific threat against us, thank God,” he said.
In the wake of the attacks at popular nightspots, the mayor advised New Yorkers to go on with their plans, and stressed that NYPD is a substantial anti-terrorism force that has been enhanced in recent months.
“From a New York City perspective, you know, obviously our lives go on, and NYPD is extraordinarily able to protect, where we have a very, very substantial anti-terrorism force – we’ve added to it in recent months so there’s even more capacity. If anything happens that we need to inform the people of this city about, we will. But, rest assured, there will be a lot of extra presence out there, a lot of precautions will be taken,” he said.
The mayor also emphasized that New Yorkers should remain vigilant and alert authorities to any suspicious activity.
“The phrase, ‘If you see something, say something,’ is very, very pertinent. If anybody sees something suspicious or worrisome, it’s crucial to let the police know immediately,” de Blasio said.
The attacks marked the the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II.
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