Pope Francis' visit to New York City next week -- in conjunction with the global leaders expected for the United Nations General Assembly -- is an "unprecedented" event that required intensive planning between the NYPD, FBI and Secret Service, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday in a radio interview.
"There's extraordinary cooperation between us and our federal partners," he told WCBS Newsradio 880, adding that Secret Service has the lead on security preparations.
De Blasio said the city's police department will be working a lot next week. Francis is in town for a Mass at Madison Square Garden and other events Sept. 24 and 25.StorySome conservative Catholics rankled by popeStoryPope Francis may ride in Popemobile in NYCSee alsoSpecial coverage: Pope Francis
"There'll definitely be a lot of overtime, but look, it's worth it. This is a profoundly important moment," de Blasio said.
The mayor touted a public-private partnership to bring computer science courses to the broadest possible range of public school students, part of an updated education agenda he unveiled Wednesday in the Bronx.
"Kids are smart, they know there's a booming industry in technology," he said of an initiative that will require funding from the City Council and Albany lawmakers. "Computer science for all," with the retraining of teachers, will result in a higher graduation, more college-ready kids and more students prepared for the workforce, de Blasio said.
De Blasio also said his task force on Times Square will meet Thursday to discuss options to regulate the topless and costumed buskers that congregate there. The formation of distinctive areas to contain the tip-seekers is on the table, the mayor said.