Sept. 11 cited in NY courthouse security plan

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Associated Press

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York federal courthouse blocks from the World Trade Center is getting a $10 million security boost.

Authorities repeatedly cited the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in announcing the security improvement to Manhattan's newest federal courthouse.

Chief Judge Loretta Preska announced the plans Monday in a ceremony in the courthouse lobby. She says the court had been trying to secure the funds since the 2001 attacks.

The federal funding will be used to build an adjacent 4,500-square-foot glass and steel structure where court officers will screen people before they enter the courthouse. Construction is scheduled to begin in October and be completed in April 2015.

The courthouse opened in the mid-1990s. It's next to a federal courthouse that was built in the 1930s and was recently refurbished. Several terrorism trials have occurred in the courthouses.

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