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Police Presence To Remain High In NYC As Boston Bombing Investigation Continues

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Details about Monday's terror attack in Boston remain sparse, and until that changes, residents are likely to continue seeing a heavier police presence in New York, even as city officials encourage New Yorkers to go about their regular routines. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.

City officials say there is no specific threat to New York, but you wouldn't know it from their response to the attack in Boston.

"In the aftermath of the horrific day that Boston experienced, we prepared as if yesterday was a prelude to an attack here in New York," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

The result was stepped-up patrols at hotels, in iconic locations like Times Square and at critical infrastructure like the subways. The New York City Police Department also sent two sergeants to Boston to gather intelligence.

While the message Tuesday was to go about business as usual, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg making a public point of riding the subway, there was also a plea for vigilance, which police said had to led to 77 reports of suspicious packages in 24 hours.

"We don't need these kinds of reminders," Bloomberg said. "It would be easier if we just did pay attention. But if yesterday doesn't refresh your memory, I don't know what would."

One response of the city was a symbolic one: flying the flag of the city of Boston at City Hall. It's being flown at half-staff, as are all flags at government buildings.

Officials at all levels of government echoed the message.

"New Yorkers have a special sensitivity for victims of random violence," said Governor Andrew Cuomo. "And again, the victims and their families are in our thoughts and prayers."

The NYPD, already enormously invested in counter-terrorism, said it would also pay close attention to two races being held this weekend, including a 5K run/walk to support the September 11th Memorial, not to mention the New York City Marathon, held later this year.

'We're certainly going to re-evaluate it," Kelly said. "We're going to re-evaluate security for every event. But we do that consistently."

Residents can expect the increased security to stay, at least until more details are learned about the Boston attack.

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