Ray Kelly chides candidates on counterterrorism issue
By TI-HUA CHANG, Fox 5 News Reporter
Police outside the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. (Photo by Dan Bowens | Fox 5 News)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -
Wednesday marks the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Police Commissioner Kelly said threat of terrorism as great now as it was then. Then he pointedly noted no mayoral candidates have asked for a police briefing on the threat of terrorism to New York.
"Do not think for a second that al Qaeda and those who share its ideology have forgotten about New York," Kelly said in front of the Association for a Better New York and the Council on Foreign Relations. Kelly questioned why mayoral candidates have not focused on arguably the most important issue of protecting the city from another terrorist attack. Kelly said none of the candidates has requested a briefing from the department on this issue.
Fox 5 contacted the offices of all the major mayoral candidates. Some responded. Bill de Blasio 's spokesman said the public advocate did request a briefing just not directly to the police department. "After the president's remarks on Syria the office (of public advocate) requested a briefing from the NYPD on the city's counterterrorism efforts and is working with City Hall to schedule it."
Christine Quinn's office noted as speaker of the City Council "she has conversations and briefings regularly with the NYPD on everything from crime to counterterrorism."
A Joe Lhota spokeswoman said he planned to have a briefing after the primary.
John Catsimatidis' spokesman noted he is the only candidate who fully supports Kelly and all the tactics of the NYPD.
William Rudin, the president of the Association for a Better New York, said he was sure that after the primary the candidates left would ask.
Kelly also noted some say the NYPD has been insensitive to constitutional rights in protecting against terrorism. He said they are wrong because the department's investigations are based on leads.
Kelly also said that candidates should be asked specifically what will they do to combat terrorism. He got a standing ovation.