Lawmakers react to NYC terror attack
Elected officials, like most New Yorkers, reacted with shock and sadness to the devastating terrorist attack that took place in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday in which suspect Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbek national who came to the U.S. in 2010, allegedly drove a truck onto a bike path, killing eight people and injuring several others before crashing into a school bus.
Lawmakers were also full of praise for NYPD and other first responders who quickly got to the scene, took the suspect into custody and assisted those who were injured.
Here is a sampling of statements from elected officials:
Mayor Bill de Blasio
“We have been tested before as a city very near the site of today’s tragedy. We will respond as we always do. We will be undeterred. And I want to thank everyone at the NYPD, all our first responders for their extraordinary efforts in the midst of this tragedy, starting with the officer who stopped this tragedy from continuing — all the first responders who came to the aid of those who were injured. I want to ask all New Yorkers, all Americans to keep the families of those lost in your thoughts and prayers. They will need our support.”
Republican mayoral candidate Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis
“New Yorkers are strong and resilient and we will unite against terror. We stood shoulder to shoulder on Sept. 11, 2001 and we will stand together after today’s attack that killed eight innocent people and injured many more. My prayers are with the families of the victims and those recovering. God bless our first responders and the bravery of the NYPD; the best police department in the world, whose swift actions stopped the terrorist from doing more harm.”
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on Twitter
“New Yorkers refuse to surrender to #terror. We’re the definition of resilience and resolve, and we will continue to be after today’s attack.”
Adams also scheduled an emergency meeting with local Uzbek-American leaders in the wake of the terror attack. The borough president’s office noted that there are tens of thousands of Uzbek immigrants living in Brooklyn and other boroughs. At the meeting, Adams planned to emphasize the need for unity and discuss the threats of radicalization.
U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Brooklyn-Manhattan)
“Obviously, I am very concerned about the situation given this took place in my district and we have been in regular contact with the mayor and the governor as things continue to develop. I want to thank the NYPD and first responders who were at the scene quickly and prevented further violence.”
U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan (R-C-Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island)
“The NYPD responded with the efficiency and effectiveness that is standard for the greatest police force in the world. I wish the injured a speedy recovery, and pray for comfort for the families of those who passed. New York City will always be stronger than the terrorists who wish us harm. As more details come to light, I plan to work in my subcommittee and with my colleagues on the Homeland Security Committee to advance policies that can help prevent these types of attacks in the future.”
Donovan is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications.
Councilmember Stephen Levin (D-Greenpoint-DUMBO) on Twitter:
“My thoughts and prayers go out to those killed and injured in today’s terrorist attack in downtown Manhattan and their families.”
Councilmember Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhusrt) on Facebook
“I commend the NYPD, FDNY, EMT and all of the law enforcement agencies and emergency service workers who have been heroically working to assist those who were injured, to secure the scene, and to keep our city safe. In the face of this horrific act, we, as a city, must do what we have always done during trying times: We must stand together in unity with each other. Time and time again, New Yorkers have proven our collective strength and resiliency.”
State Sen. Marty Golden on Facebook
“God bless the NYPD and all those that keep this great country safe!”
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