Mayor says NYC ready with parade security


New York – 23 November 2016
1. Various of Macy’s balloon and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio walking to press conference
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor:
“The NYPD is ready tonight and certainly ready for tomorrow. Every year, we continue to perfect our preparations and the operations for the Thanksgiving parade. NYPD is going to mount an even stronger operation this year and has been preparing for this literally since the end of last year’s parade.”
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor:
“As you may have heard, there will be some additional precautions this year. There will not be traffic allowed crossing the parade, unlike some other parades, unlike in the past, where there was traffic allowed, there will be no point on the parade where traffic will cut across the parade route. And there are ver 80 sand trucks that will be in place to block off those streets to make sure that everybody is safe.”
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor:
“As you know, over the last couple of years, we have deepened our capacity to protect the people of the city and to prevent terror attacks with the 500 plus members of the Critical Response Command, plus our Strategic Response Group and Emergency Services Unit and all of the men and women of the NYPD. So, we have expanded the size of our capacity, our training, our preparation and we are working more closely than ever with our federal and state partners and partners in the private sector like Macy’s.”
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor:
“New Yorkers are very clear that no matter what is going on around us, we are always New York, we remain true to our values. New Yorkers are strong and resilient. You remember that last year there was a lot of talks of threats being made against the parade. How did New Yorkers respond? They came out in greater numbers than ever before, the attendance at last years parade was the largest in the history of the Macy’s parade and we expect an amazing attendance tomorrow.”
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor:
“We are aware of some of the reports that have been out there, but I want to assure all New Yorkers there is no credible and specific information of any specific threat directed at this parade. NYPD is more than ready to handle anything that is going on around us and to work with everyone to make sure its a safe and fun day for everyone who attends.”
7. Wide of end of press conference
Security has been stepped up in New York ahead of the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, the city’s mayor said on Wednesday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio reassured New Yorkers that “there is no credible and specific information of any specific threat directed at this parade.”
More than 80 city sanitation trucks will be used at intersections and other strategic spots along the two and a half mile parade route to create an imposing physical barrier to terror.
The trucks weigh about 16 tons empty and up to twice that with sand.
While the trucks have been used like this before – most recently to protect Trump Tower – the New York Police Department says they will play a bigger role at this year’s parade in the wake of the cargo truck attack in Nice, France, that killed more than 80 people.
A recent posting in an English-language Islamic State magazine that called the parade “an excellent target.”
Aside from the trucks, security for the parade includes teams of officers armed with assault weapons, bomb-sniffing dogs and portable radiation detectors.

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