Officials Detail Increased Security Measures For NYC Marathon In Wake Of Lower Manhattan Terror Attack


A day after eight people were killed and a dozen others injured in the deadliest terror attack in the city since 9/11, there are questions about what is being done to protect New Yorkers and stop similar attacks from happening in the future.

Security has been heightened across the city since officials said 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov deliberately mowed down cyclists and pedestrians with a rented pick-up truck on a West Side Highway bike path Tuesday afternoon.

“We have the biggest counterterrorism force of any police force in the nation. It is out in very strong numbers so people can see it. It is a deterrent force,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told “CBS This Morning.” “We are, in this city, very comfortable putting out larger numbers of police officers with heavy gear, with heavy weapons to send the message, ‘Don’t try anything here.’”

But concerns about security are high, especially with the New York City Marathon just days away. The event is expected to attract over 51,000 runners and more than 2 million spectators along the streets across the five boroughs. The attack postponed the annual ceremonial painting of the finish line Wednesday, but the marathon is scheduled to go on as planned this Sunday, under tighter security.

“There will be a huge police presence, a lot you will see and a lot you won’t see,” de Blasio said.

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