NY residents sue over World Trade Center security

The New York skyline, including One World Trade Center, is shown in this Dec. 1, 2013 aerial photo. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Show caption
The New York skyline, including One World Trade Center, is shown in this Dec. 1, 2013 aerial photo. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers living around the rebuilt World Trade Center are fighting what they call the “fortresslike” security planned for their neighborhood. They say the $40 million barrier would block them in.

Residents have sued the New York Police Department, the city and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the trade center.

On Thursday in Manhattan state Supreme Court, members of the World Trade Center Neighborhood Alliance will try to show that the NYPD went too far with plans for guard booths, gates, fencing and checkpoints.

Plaintiff Mary Perillo, a longtime resident, says the neighborhood has become far more residential since 9/11. She says the security plan isolates residents while the area is flooded by tourists.

The city Law Department has said the security is necessary.