Federal prosecutors announced Faisal Shahzad's indictment on Thursday.
A group of Downtown politicians want the federal government to help reopen the long-closed Chinatown stretch.
Federal prosecutors requested and were granted a 20-day continuance in their trial against alleged Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad.
A partially redacted version of the letter was released on Thursday.
Ray LaHood tells Chinatown Working Group he will contact Dept. of Homeland Security.
Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad stares at the camera in a photo released by the US Marshals.
One of three men believed to be involved in the Times Square bomb plot reportedly denies any connection to Faisal Shahzad.
The cuts include money for transit and port security.
At nearly every stage, the plot by the college-educated recent convert to religious extremism was riddled with key errors.
Faisal Shahzad successfully boarded a flight to Dubai seven hours after federal authorities put him on the no-fly list.
DNAinfo's timeline shows the city has averted disaster nine times since 9/11.
Local politicians are worried about the closure of Engine 4 in Lower Manhattan, which fought the recent Chinatown fire.
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