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Security Ramps Up Amid UN General Assembly in NYC

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | September 19, 2016

Security Ramps Up Amid UN General Assembly in NYC

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Travelers to New York City should expect a strong police and security presence amid this week's United Nations General Assembly.

Compounding the travel impact which already would've been felt thanks to the arrival of President Barack Obama and other world leaders for the 71st assembly is the explosion that rocked New York's Chelsea neighborhood Saturday night and spurred a manhunt for 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is now in custody.

According to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as many as 1,000 additional law enforcement officers have been deployed to travel hubs throughout the city in response to the incident.

"Security inside the United Nations is being assessed on a constant basis," UN Secretary General spokesman Stephane Dujarric told CBS. "Outside of the UN, security is the responsibility of the host country."

"We receive great cooperation and appreciate the support from the federal authorities and the NYPD throughout the year, and especially during the General Assembly to keep staff, delegates and visitors safe."

Violent extremism is sure to be one of many topics leaders will address in New York this week.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio encouraged locals and visitors alike to be vigilant 

"Now for all New Yorkers, a central message we want to give today is be vigilant," he said during a news conference via "Be vigilant at this point in time, not just because of this incident, be vigilant because we’re going into United Nations General Assembly week."

This month's assembly will draw more than 140 heads of state and government officials.

"We would normally have an expanded presence for the United Nations General Assembly," de Blasio added. "You will see an even stronger presence now."

Given the microscope New York is currently under, travelers visiting the metropolis would be wise to heed de Blasio's advice and remain vigilant and extremely patient.

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