Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo hopped Manhattan trains today to reassure straphangers that the subway is still safe from potential terrorist attacks–but the Brooklyn borough president shamed both leaders for apparently not riding the rails to Kings County.
“I do want to express my disappointment in Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio for missing the mark today on assuring this entire city, not just those in Manhattan, that their security is a top priority,” Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president and a fellow Democrat, said in a statement. “The fact is that their symbolic subway rides followed the typical pattern of ignoring the impact that terror concerns have on Brooklyn and the other boroughs, which are also potentially at risk.”
He added, “I look forward to hearing more specifics on the particular security measures that are being put in place to keep Brooklynites safe should harm come our way.”
The mayor and governor went underground today after the new Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, warned that the Islamic State, a radical Islamist organization, was plotting an attack on the subway systems of New York and Paris. U.S. government officials reportedly disputed the claim and said there was no imminent threat to the city’s subways.
To further allay New Yorkers’ fears, both the mayor and governor boarded Manhattan subway cars and gave press conferences in subway stations afterward. Mr. Cuomo rode an E train from the World Trade Center, the site of the September 11 attacks, to Penn Station and Mr. de Blasio rode on the 4/5/6 line from City Hall to Union Square. Just yesterday, Mr. Cuomo unveiled the details of a counter-terrorism initiative at 7 World Trade Center.
The governor and mayor did not immediately return requests for comment.