NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill on Friday revealed the NYPD/Secret Service plan New Yorkers had hoped might alleviate the tangled crawling mess of traffic surrounding Trump Tower since Donald Trump's election actually went into effect 10 days ago.
The mayor, the Secret Service, and the NYPD confirmed seemingly everything New Yorkers have seen as unsustainable about this situation will remain in effect until at least Trump's inauguration; still more than 60 days and all of the major winter holidays away.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said avoiding the immediate area around Trump Tower will make your life and everyone else's life easier.
This transition period falls at an especially awful time for nearby businesses relying on holiday shoppers to navigate the barricades and protesters and closed streets to spend money at their stores.
Neither the NYPD, the Secret Service nor the mayor knew -- or at least admitted to knowing -- the amount of time Trump planned to log in his New York home after swearing the presidential oath. But all in the NYPD's joint command center Friday expected and planned for Trump to spend more time in Midtown Manhattan than any other sitting American president in the modern era.
De Blasio acknowledged that Trump keeping Trump Tower as his official second presidential residence would pose an unprecedented challenge to this city, its police force, and those who live here. But one he felt New York and New Yorkers were better equipped to handle than those in any other city in the world.
The NYPD has committed an extra 50 cops to this area of Midtown and three times closed down Fifth Avenue for demonstrations. The mayor said he had already begun seeking reimbursement for the city's overtime costs from the federal government.