With recent unraveling of a suspected terrorist plot in NYC, Mayor Bloomberg and other officials took to the opportunity to demand more federal money to deter nuclear attacks. Bloomberg said, "These events are a disturbing reminder that we can't - and I can tell you we won't - be complacent when it comes to protecting our city against terrorism," adding, "Despite the incredible job the NYPD is doing, our city does remain a prime target for terrorists."

Bloomberg, Rep. Peter King (R-Long Island), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut) and Police Commissioner Kelly held a press conference pressing for the restoration of $40 million to NYC from the government's Securing the Cities initiative. The money would go towards putting sensors around the city (an idea that's been floating around for years) and Kelly said, "We'll be able to put in permanent, fixed cameras and radiation detection equipment at all the entry points into Manhattan, and we'll also be able to establish a regional wireless system that will enable all the partners in this program to get notified immediately if in fact radiation material is discovered.'"

The Mayor also reasoned, "This funding needs to be fully restored immediately. Because it's not just New York City that gets short changed. The longer it takes to build this system the longer it will be for cities around this country to apply what we learn here...As horrific as the attacks of 9/11 were, a nuclear explosion could be infinitely worse."