Bloomberg to New Yorkers: Remain vigilant in days ahead
Mayor Michael Bloomberg reminded New Yorkers on Monday night that they should stay vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity.Speaking at an event in Chelsea celebrating Israel’s 65th birthday, the mayor said, “We are asking all New Yorkers to remain vigilant in the days ahead. If you see something that looks strange, just pick up the phone and say something. But at the same time, we refuse to let cowardly acts of violence stop us from living in our city, the city that we love.” Security presence remained strong throughout the city one day after two explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday killed at least three people, including an 8-year-old boy. More than 130 others were injured by the blasts.
About 1,000 NYPD members assigned to counterterrorism duties were mobilized Monday. Police officers were deployed to major landmarks and prominent hotels. Police cruisers lined the streets around Times Square, and security was heightened around the Barclays Center for a Nets game Monday night.
The MTA also increased police presence at train stations, bridges and tunnels.
A massive FBI investigation remains underway. By Monday night, Boston police officials said authorities were speaking with persons of interest but no suspects were in custody.