FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2013
MAYOR BLOOMBERG DISCUSSES THE CITY'S EFFORTS TO KEEP NEW YORKERS SAFE IN WEEKLY RADIO ADDRESS
The following is the text of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s weekly radio address as prepared for delivery on 1010 WINS News Radio for Sunday, April 21, 2013.
"Good Morning. This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
"Like so many of you, my thoughts and prayers have remained with the people of Boston since last Monday, and especially with those who were injured, and the families who lost loved ones, in the attack. We also mourn the passing of MIT Police Patrol Officer Sean Collier, who was killed in the line of duty last Thursday. 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.
"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 public can still expect to see heightened NYPD presence at the events this morning - right now as I speak to you - including a Memorial run and walk on the West Side of Manhattan and another run in Central Park.
"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.
"The Boston bombing is a terrible reminder of why we've made these investments. For instance, our camera network now has the capacity to alert police to anomalies it detects on the street, such as an abandoned package. The NYPD also has license plate readers, as well as chemical, biological, and radiological sensors to allow the NYPD to better detect and investigate threats. And a partnership we've formed with Microsoft allows our police officers to use the City's broadband network to instantly analyze and respond to information streaming in from a wide range of sophisticated sources.
"We're doing everything we can to keep our city safe - not only from terrorists, but from criminals, as well. That's why we've worked so hard to take illegal guns off the street. NYPD officers risk their lives every day in this effort. We've made major progress - crime is now at an all-time low. But until we have leadership in Washington, criminals will continue to have easy access to illegal guns.
"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. The President and Vice President have vowed to continue the fight for commonsense gun safety reform, and our bipartisan coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns will continue doing everything possible to support them.
"This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Thanks for listening."
Marc La Vorgna (212) 788-2958
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