Thousands of police will swarm New York’s subways, sidewalks and airspace on what officials promised would be the city’s most heavily guarded New Year’s Eve ever. Some security measures — counter-snipers on rooftops, metal detectors on street corners — are becoming as much a part of New Year’s in New York as party hats and confetti. But with the nation on orange alert, there will be more officers on duty this year than last, and they will focus more heavily on hotels, landmarks and ferry terminals, police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Tuesday. He wouldn’t reveal the number of officers. Police are focusing on hotels and other “soft targets” as a result of intelligence and counterterror units’ analyses of anti-American “chatter” gathered from the Internet and other sources, Kelly said. “We think it’s prudent for us to do that,” he said. City officials often say New York has been on the equivalent of orange alert since Sept. 11, 2001. But hikes in national terrorism preparedness nearly always lead to additional security measures in New York, too. Full Story
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