New York City will not be intimidated by a newly released Islamic State group video showing images of Times Square, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, urging residents to go to work and live normally.
The video was released Wednesday, a week before the city goes into its end-of-year mode, which attracts tens of millions of visitors a year.
“Stoking fear is the goal of terrorist organizations, but New York City will not be intimidated,” de Blasio said during a hastily called news conference late Wednesday night. “New Yorkers won’t live in fear and people should continue to go to work, live their lives and enjoy the greatest city in the world.”
Police Chief William Bratton said the video appears to be a “hastily produced” one using old film footage.
“Be aware, but do not be afraid. The NYPD will protect you,” Bratton said. “We cannot be intimidated, and that’s what terrorists seek to do. They seek to create fear. They seek to intimidate. We will not be intimidated, and we will not live in fear.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that he directed state agencies to “enhance their preparedness” after the Paris attacks, which killed 129 people last week.
“Remember that the terrorists’ goal is to let fear win — New Yorkers never have, and we never will,” he said.