WTC neighborhood group sues NYPD over security plan

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – It’s a plan to keep everyone safe, but some Lower Manhattan residents said a security plan slated for the World Trade Center site could ruin their lives.

Mary Perillo is a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the NYPD, the Port Authority,  and the city over a security plan at the World Trade Center site.

“What we want is better security, not less security,” said Perillo, “We don’t want traffic that we don’t need.”

Attorney Daniel Alterman is representing about 13 Lower Manhattan residents who are fed up with a security plan that is expected to begin at the site soon, according to Alterman. He said the plan makes people feel like they are living in isolation near the World Trade Center site.

“We filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court today seeking a temporary restraining order for a reversal of the final police plan for the security that separates the World Trade Center and this neighborhood,” said Alterman.

The plan would reportedly include barriers, and a secure zone around the World Trade Center site.

“We’ve recommended to the Judge and to the NYPD that we conduct a lot of these security on trucks and cars outside of the zone,” said Alterman.

Alterman claimed the plan would make the neighborhood near Trinity Place a dead zone separating it from the rest of Lower Manhattan.

A spokesperson for the city’s law department told PIX11 News in a statement, “The importance of security at this site, which has seen two terrorist attacks in the last twenty years, cannot be overstated. Car and truck bombs pose very real and serious risks. Indeed, the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center was a truck bomb and the security plan guards against vehicle bombs by screening automobiles.”

The Law Department also said pedestrians, and bicyclists will be able to freely enter and move about the site. The environmental review that is being challenged, a spokesperson said, was a thorough and public process.