On the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, New York mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday that such an attack could happen again. “The responsibility I have today was generated by that horrible day,” de Blasio told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview. “My role now is to look out for the first responders who have fallen ill since then and to be ever vigilant against future terror,” he added.
“No matter what’s in the news, we’re in a perpetual state of readiness,” the mayor told AP. “I don’t think it feels that different than a year ago. We were already the number one target a year ago and the year before that. I do not expect that to change in my mayoralty.”