New York City officials are assuring the public that Times Square will be safe for the New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Over 7,000 law enforcement officers, highly visible weapons teams, and 65 strategically placed sanitation trucks to protect the events perimeters have Mayor Bill de Blasio assured the stage is set in Times Square.
“New Year’s Eve as per usual, we expect over one million people. I’m not quite sure why millions of people want to stand in the cold for long, long periods of time, but they do, and we’ll be ready for them,” de Blasio said.
NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau Chief Jim Waters says security checks are already underway.
“We sealed the man hole covers, we visit hotels, we do all of the things that we do year round with events. We just jack it up a bit for New Year’s,” Waters said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio advises New Year’s Eve celebrants to leave umbrellas and large bags at home. He says they will be confiscated.
“If you’re worried that you might have to stand out in the rain, you have various choices you can make on how you want to spend your New Year’s Eve.”