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SAFETY IN NUMBERS: New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly isn’t worried about rising crime as the Dow falls, but is concerned about how the economy could affect the city’s ability to battle terrorism. “I don’t expect to see former Lehman Brothers employees robbing a 7-Eleven,” he said to attendees at the Men’s Vogue Visionaries breakfast Wednesday morning at Lever House. “[But] we can’t afford…to take our eye off the ball. Now, when we’re in this economic situation that we’re in, we may, in fact, be more vulnerable.” Kelly outlined the city’s counterterrorism initiatives, which include installing 1,000 cameras in Lower Manhattan, opening a security command center there and using radiation detectors, which can detect threats up to 15 miles outside the city. He admitted it was “difficult to say” whether the economic crisis would stall the implementation of any parts of those plans. Aside from measures to protect Lower Manhattan, which he described as “the most sensitive 1.7 square miles in the country,” Kelly said New York’s subway system is a particular point of concern, and he’s hoping for more cameras there. As for his boss, Mayor Bloomberg, running for a third term, “I’m for it,” said Kelly (who, of course, is a politician himself). A former Marine and holder of masters degrees from New York University and Harvard, Kelly was asked what police character on TV most resembled him. “Stephen Colbert,” Kelly joked, before adding, “Harvey Keitel,” since they look alike.
— Stephanie D. Smith