NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that the city will use approximately $24 million in Homeland Security grants to expand the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative to include Midtown Manhattan.
The Lower Manhattan Security Initiative is a network of security cameras, license plate readers and weapons sensors knit together to detect terrorist threats and deter terrorist pre-operational surveillance. The Initiative will add additional cameras and license plate readers installed at key locations between 30th and 60th Streets from river to river. So far, the Initiative covers Canal Street to Battery Park from river to river, a 1.7 square mile area in which the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Reserve, Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, World Financial Centers, World Trade Center memorial site, PATH train and numerous major financial institutions.
The expansion will be in place by 2011, said Mayor Bloomberg.