NEW YORK — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday he wants to make it easier for people who want to travel to the city for business or pleasure, but who have to abide by strict security measures to do so.
The city’s “zero tolerance” policy is meant to protect businesses and visitors from terrorists, criminals and others who might try to harm them, de Blasio told reporters in Manhattan.
But it has also become a lightning rod for criticism that the city is over-reliant on the strict measures, which the mayor has defended as necessary in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001.
The NYPD is under a federal judge’s order that requires the city to adopt “zero-tolerance” policies that prevent entry for people from Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, North Korea, Iraq, Sudan and Yemen.
The restrictions will go into effect after a hearing on Monday.
In New York, people with criminal records or those who have been arrested for crimes of violence will have to stay at least 30 minutes outside of the city’s perimeter, with no exceptions, while officials try to determine their identity.
They will be prohibited from traveling within New York for 30 days.
The restriction will be lifted if they meet certain other conditions, including proving they have “a good reason” to return to the state.
De Blasio said he is also pushing to change the citywide ban on fireworks.
The city, which has seen a string of high-profile explosions, is banning the use of any fireworks within 10 blocks of the White House and the Brooklyn Bridge.
The mayor said he wants the ban lifted nationwide, as well.
The ban on public demonstrations has been in place for more than a decade.
It was enacted to protect public health and safety, but has been widely criticized for creating a chilling effect for protesters.
DeLauro, who has been mayor since January, has been criticized for his response to the Sept. 11 attacks, which led to the deaths of nearly 3,000 people, including many police officers.
He has also been criticized in the media for not standing up to President Donald Trump over the past two years.