2010-02-19 / Top Stories

Ulrich Plans Anti-Terrorism Study

Council Member Eric A. Ulrich signed a resolution calling on the United States Department of Justice to hold the 9/11 “terror trials” outside of New York City. The resolution states that in the event that the trials are held in New York City, the Federal Government would be called upon to fully fund the necessary security costs associated with holding the trials here. Ulrich said, “These trials are not only a threat to the security of our city but are an insult to the families that lost loved ones in the attacks of 9/11. As well, it is unfair that the residents of Lower Manhattan will have to live in a state of lockdown and fear over the course of these trials.” “Furthermore, I agree with Mayor Bloomberg that this city, which is facing serious financial crises, simply can not afford to pay for the increased security that would be required to hold these trials here. The Department of Justice must act quickly on this issue and remove New York City as a venue for these trials. Holding these trials in New York City is bad idea across the board.”

Ulrich is departing for Israel, along with several other city council members next week where he plans to meet with business leaders, government officials and security experts.

As a member of the Council’s Public Safety Committee, one of his top priorities is to study counter terrorism measures. The trip is not paid for by taxpayers. The Jewish Community Relations Council is sponsoring the mission. “To help better understand the needs of NYC, I look forward to meeting with Israeli security and government officials who are experts at counter terrorism and public safety,” Ulrich said. “Both Israel and the United States share common threats against terrorism and I am hoping to gain a greater perspective in security related solutions that can be implemented in our city.”

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