NEW YORK -- We are just days away from the 14th anniversary of September 11th, 2001.
A day that changed life in New York forever.
The House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing on the lessons we’ve learned since that terror attack at the 9/11 Museum Tuesday.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani spoke extensively on the topic in the shadow of the museum’s slurry wall.
“For New York City, I would have to say, we are about as well prepared as you can be,” Giuliani said.
According to Congressman Peter King, a longtime member of the Homeland Security Committee, New York is continually fending off threats. The NYPD stopped the most recent with several arrests.
“ISIS was planning all out attacks on the Fourth of July, primarily in New York,” he said.
And the way terrorists operate has changed since 2001. Groups, like ISIS, are aggressively recruiting through social media. And while U.S. intelligence and the NYPD have stopped multiple attacks on U.S. soil, officials say the threat remains. Especially lone wolf attacks.
According to Lee Ielpi, from the September 11th Families’ Association, the city and country have failed in one major area.
“We do not have a state in our country, that I know of, that has a curriculum to teach the history of what happened to us on 9/11,” Ielpi said.
Both Ielpi and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton also lobbied the Homeland Security Committee to extend funding to the Zadroga Act. The money will help the sick 9/11 first responders.
“That bill has to pass. This congressional committee is intent on supporting that and moving that forward,” Bratton said.