FDNY LOOKS AT EYE IN THE SKY

By FRANKIE EDOZIEN

September 4, 2002 -- Nearing the anniversary of Sept. 11, city officials and the FDNY have gathered top national and international anti-terrorism experts to study implementing continual aerial surveillance here.

"The universe of potential dangers and emergencies facing New Yorkers has changed and increased dramatically. We have to develop an expertise and a level of preparedness that we simply have never had to deal with before," said FDNY Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta.

Leading the effort is former CIA Director James Woolsey, who has served the last four presidents and will now be the chief adviser to the FDNY on terrorism preparedness.

"There may be some relatively inexpensive ways to take advantage of having eyes up above the city. I'm thinking about something like an unmanned aerial vehicle, not a satellite," Woolsey said.

Mayor Bloomberg said prudence required that the city be prepared for any new threats to public safety.



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