NYPD remains on high alert, mayor tells New Yorkers to remain calm
Updated: 2:44 p.m.: While the cops remain on high alert following Monday’s bombing in Boston, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and the mayor urged New Yorkers not to give into fear.
Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the increased police presence in the subways and at hotels and landmarks would continue indefinitely.
Bloomberg, who took the subway to City Hall Tuesday, said there was only so much the NYPD can do to prevent a similar terrorist attack but reassured New Yorkers.
“That’s what we have to do. Go about our day, keep the victims of this awful tragedy in our thoughts and our prayers. Go about our business,” he said.
Kelly refused to speculate about who was responsible for the attack that has left three people dead and others critically injured. He said that two NYPD sergeants have been deployed to Boston to aid the investigation.
Locally, Kelly said there were 77 911 calls related to suspicious packages within 24-hours of the Boston incident.
Kelly added that there will be extra security this weekend at two races, including the 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Family Day near Ground Zero.
Bloomberg added that the NYPD will re-evaluate security for this year’s ING New York City Marathon, which he said is still set for November.
“It’s our intention to have a marathon and to have all of the other events that make America, the state and the city what they are,” he said.