NEW YORK CITY — NYPD counterterrorism forces remained on alert as a newly released video by the terrorist group ISIS specifically mentioned Times Square, police said Wednesday evening.
"While some of the video footage is not new, the video reaffirms the message that New York City remains a top terrorist target," said Stephen Davis, deputy commissioner of public information for the NYPD, in a statement.
"While there is no current or specific threat to the city at this time, we will remain at a heightened state of vigilance and will continue to work with the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the entire intelligence community to keep the City of New York safe," Davis said.
Critical Response Command teams were deployed throughout the city "out of an abundance of caution," Davis added.
At a press conference at Times Square Wednesday evening, Mayor Bill de Blasio said New Yorkers should not live in fear despite the threats by ISIS.
"We understand it is the goal of terrorists to intimidate and disrupt our democratic society. We will not submit to their wishes," he said.
"The people of New York City can rest assured that extraordinary efforts are being made every single day to keep them safe," the mayor added.
At the same press conference, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton called the ISIS video a "hastily produced" compilation of old footage designed to stoke fear into New York residents.
"We cannot be intimidated — and that’s what terrorists seek to do. They seek to create fear. They seek to intimidate. We will not be intimidated and we will not live in fear," he said, stressing the readiness of the city's police forces to handle terrorist threats.
Last Friday, as the French capital city Paris was under attack by terrorists linked to ISIS, the NYPD mobilized counterterrorism units to increase security in crowded areas of New York City.
Bratton also announced a new elite counterterrorism unit of 500 officers, 100 of which will be on patrol throughout the city at all times.