Balancing Act: Keeping New York safe with Trump trial, attack on Israel

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Monday, April 15, 2024
Keeping New York safe with Trump trial, attack on Israel
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MIDTOWN EAST, Manhattan (WABC) -- How to keep New Yorkers safe with minimum disruptions is the great balancing act to come.

To have former President Trump go back and forth from Trump Tower to the courthouse in Lower Manhattan every day for his trial means - at a minimum - road closures every time he travels. There are indications the Secret Service will likely mix up Trump's route to keep disruptive protesters guessing.

"It's a big challenge. It's a lot of moving parts, the attention of the nation and often the world will be on NYC for this entire event," said NYPD Intelligence and Counterterrorism Bureau Chief John Hart.

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In addition to Trump's trial and the media circus that follows - and in addition the usual bullseye on New York City's back, this weekend a hail of missiles from Iran to Israel sent shockwaves to New York, where the second largest population of Jews reside.

"Obviously when we see this sort of violence, it tears us up inside. We are deeply concerned with people of Israel. Muslims and Christians and a holy land to different people," said Rabbi Joshua Davidson of Temple Emanu-El.

Authorities did not raise the actual security level, but NYPD presence was more visible - especially around prime targets like synagogues.

"We hope the war in Gaza ends soon and the hostages are brought home. Too much loss of life and too much trauma," Davidson added.

You can check for the latest details on the crisis in the Middle East on ABC 7 New York's Live Updates page.

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