Danny Lewis, Stephen Rex Brown NY Daily News
Tens of thousands of runners already inspired by Pope Francis’ message of hope concluded an unforgettable week with the solemn Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers race in honor of 9/11 first responders.
FDNY members wearing banners honoring the FDNY firefighters killed at the World Trade Center Photo NY Daily News
The 14th annual 5K run follows the path of Siller, a firefighter in Park Slope who strapped on 60 lbs. of gear and ran through stalled traffic in the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center on 9/11.
He died there saving others. Read More
Cities are vital partners in international efforts to build social cohesion and resilience to violent extremism. Local communities and authorities are the most credible and persuasive voices to challenge violent extremism in all of its forms and manifestations in their local contexts. While many cities and local authorities are developing innovative responses to address this challenge, no systematic efforts are in place to share experiences, pool resources and build a community of cities to inspire local action on a global scale.
“The Strong Cities Network will serve as a vital tool to strengthen capacity-building and improve collaboration,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch. “As we continue to counter a range of domestic and global terror threats, this innovative platform will enable cities to learn from one another, to develop best practices and to build social cohesion and community resilience here at home and around the world.”
The Strong Cities Network (SCN) – which launches September 29th at the United Nations – will empower municipal bodies to fill this gap while working with civil society and safeguarding the rights of local citizens and communities.
The SCN will strengthen strategic planning and practices to address violent extremism in all its forms by fostering collaboration among cities, municipalities and other sub-national authorities. Read More
Terrence T. McDonald The Jersey Journal
A minor but important change is coming this week for PATH riders headed to the World Trade Center transportation hub.
Using roller brushes, workers paint the ‘wings’ of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York City which is still under construction, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Photo Reena Rose Sibayan The Jersey Journal
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey plans to open an additional entrance from the station’s PATH platforms to its underground west concourse, which gives riders easy access to the west side of the WTC site without forcing them onto Vesey Street.
Port Authority officials say it should ease congestion around the $3.9 billion station under construction.
“It’s an incremental change,” said Steve Plate, who heads construction of the site. Read More