The news that the two brothers accused of bombing the Boston Marathon on April 15 had planned to use the remainder of their explosives at Times Square in Manhattan serves as a reminder that New York City remains a top target for both foreign and domestic terrorists, according to New York Rep. Eliot Engel, D-Bronx.
“The city faces far greater threats than seen in other parts of the country,’’ Engel said Thursday.
Rep. Sean Maloney, D-Cold Spring, agreed.
“New York will always be a target of evil because we stand for everything that is great about our country,’’ Maloney said. “We must ensure our law enforcement officials have all the resources available to prevent future attacks and keep our people safe.”
Engel and Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Harrison, said the FBI, police and others involved in the quick identification and apprehension of the suspects deserve credit for averting a possible bombing in the heart of Manhattan.
““I am grateful for the heroic efforts of our first responders and citizens, who helped prevent further acts of terrorism and senseless violence,’’ Lowey said. “Like so many other Americans, my thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families and victims of the horrific events in the Boston area. I am pleased that those responsible for these heinous attacks will be held accountable by our justice system.”