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Safest place to be New Year’s Eve?

The Waterford crystal ball sits atop One Times Square on Sunday before being raised up the flagpole in preparation for New Year’s Eve. (Mark Lennihan / Associated Press)
The Waterford crystal ball sits atop One Times Square on Sunday before being raised up the flagpole in preparation for New Year’s Eve. (Mark Lennihan / Associated Press)

NEW YORK – With the nation still jittery over shooting massacres in California and Paris, New York City officials sought to assure revelers Tuesday that the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square will be the safest place in the world – heavily secured by thousands of New York Police Department officers, including a new specialized counterterrorism unit.

“Leave the worrying to the NYPD,” said James O’Neill, chief of the department. “People should feel safest this New Year’s Eve because we’re there.”

Police Commissioner William Bratton said there were no credible threats to the city ahead of the holiday. Yet officials also acknowledged that there were limits to what they could do to ensure security, especially outside the tightly controlled blocks at the heart of the celebration. In much of the city, the focus will be on fast responses to any emergency rather than preventive measures like security checkpoints. More here.




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.