For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
NEW YORK— Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers today traveled to New York City to participate in the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. While in New York, Acting Secretary Beers also met with important partners including state and local officials, first responders, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees in the area.
“Today, as we mark the twelfth anniversary of the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, we remember those who lost their lives and renew our determination to keep our nation safe,” said Acting Secretary Beers. “As we remember the tragedy that led to the establishment of this Department a decade ago, I want to recognize DHS’ more than 240,000 men and women who work tirelessly to make our nation stronger than it was twelve years ago, more prepared to confront and prevent constantly evolving threats, and more resilient.”
Acting Secretary Beers joined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and other officials in the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, honoring victims, their families, first responders and rescue workers.
Following the Memorial Ceremony, Acting Secretary Beers met with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway, and later met with New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to discuss the ongoing and important partnership between the Department and law enforcement and first responders in New York City. Later in the day, Acting Secretary Beers met with New York City Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Bruno to discuss the shared focus on strong emergency operations in the region, including the ongoing response and recovery to Hurricane Sandy.
Acting Secretary Beers also met with U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to tour the Secret Service’s United Nations General Assembly Coordinating Center, where he received a briefing on the Department’s security operations in support of the upcoming 68th United Nations General Assembly. The U.S. Secret Service is coordinating across the Department, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as with other federal, state and local agencies to ensure the security of the event.
Before departing New York, Acting Secretary Beers met with DHS employees in the region, including TSA and CBP employees, to see firsthand the capabilities in the region and express his gratitude for their efforts enhance the security of our nation, while facilitating legitimate travel and trade.
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