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Press Release

Congressman Pete King Attends Nuclear Detection Drill

New York and Long Island are the main terror target in the country. The most dreaded threat is a nuclear dirty bomb attack which requires only a very small amount of nuclear material encased in ordinary explosives to cause major casualties and contamination. The NY-LI region, led by the NYPD, developed the Secure the Cities program to detect nuclear material anywhere in our region including highways, bridges, buildings etc. I fought hard to obtain the tens of millions of dollars from the Department of Homeland Security to start and maintain this project which is now a model for the nation. Today, the NYPD and Homeland Security conducted a nuclear detection drill at the Cyclones ballpark in Coney Island utilizing many of their assets ranging from the most basic (dogs) to the the most sophisticated radiation detectors. The drill was a success but it drove home the point that there is no room for error. Fighting Islamist terrorism is a tough business and we can never let down our guard.


MS-13 must be defeated. Yesterday afternoon I met with the parents of Kyla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens of Brentwood who were brutally murdered by MS-13 gang members. Also attending the meeting was community advocate Barbara Medina. It is one thing to read about or watch the news accounts of these murders on television; it is quite another to personally see the pain and anguish of these suffering parents in a face-to-face meeting. I truly admire their courage and determination. They do not want others to suffer what they have suffered. They raised a number of issues and made several proposals which I am going to bring to the attention of the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security. One issue they stressed was the disproportionate number of unaccompanied illegal minors who have been placed in the Brentwood community and its schools. (Seven of the MS-13 gang members charged in their daughters' murder case had come into the country illegally as unaccompanied minors.)

I am also in regular contact with Suffolk Police Commissioner Sini and County Executive Bellone and I commend the Suffolk Police and FBI for their dedicated efforts to track down these murderers. Justice will be done.

Paid for by Pete King for Congress.
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