- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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Each day from now until Feb. 2, ESPNNewYork.com will take you inside the challenge of staging the most unpredictable NFL title game ever. There are 82 days to the Super Bowl.
NEW YORK -- New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly held a press conference Tuesday in conjunction with a charity event at the Bowery Mission. After handing out coats to those in need, Kelly was asked about a rash of shootings and robberies in the city.
The Super Bowl?
Let’s just say an influx of tourists 82 days from now doesn't carry the same kind of urgency. But it's certainly on the radar, as Kelly pointed out in a brief discussion of Super Bowl security plans.
While Kelly may not be the police commissioner once the new mayor, Bill De Blasio, takes office, he’s been instrumental in getting preparations underway, including weekly meetings between New York, New Jersey and federal officials to pave the way for the event on Feb. 2.
Any high-profile event in this area can be a target, and the Boston Marathon left no doubt that sports events are included in that matrix. Federal law enforcement will take the lead for the game at MetLife Stadium, in conjunction with New Jersey authorities. But with multiple venues and a week’s slate of activities before the game, there is a lot to secure in New York City itself.
Kelly made clear on Tuesday that his legacy will include a well-drawn Super Bowl security plan for the next commissioner.
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483dESPN New York staff