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Suit Seeks Tighter Security at the Empire State Building

Two partners in a law firm in the Empire State Building have sued the building’s operators, claiming that security is too lax at the 102-story Midtown landmark and that tenants are exposed to the “clear and present danger” of a terrorist attack. According to the lawsuit, filed yesterday by Aaron J. Broder and Jonathan C. Reiter of the firm Broder & Reiter against the Empire State Building Company, the building’s operators recently reduced the level of security they had instituted after Sept. 11 by removing scanners, screening devices and security personnel from the building’s lobby. Mr. Broder and Mr. Reiter claim that the changes were made despite their vehement protests. In the suit, filed in State Supreme Court, the plaintiffs cite reports that terrorist groups like Al Qaeda have conducted surveillance in the city and desire to attack symbolic buildings. The Empire State Building, the suit states, would be a prime target. Full Story

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