Following Paris attacks, NYC steps up outreach to Muslims

NEW YORK (AP) – In the aftermath of last month’s terror attacks in Paris, New York City officials have bolstered security and quietly stepped up outreach efforts to the Muslim community.

They aim to calm fears of possible hate-filled retaliation while trying to extend government services to a community that often has felt neglected.

The city has increased its presence in Muslim neighborhoods, sending staffers to visit mosques and build better relationships with imams and worshippers.

Police officials have briefed community leaders on new counterterrorism procedures. City officials also have urged Muslims to report any hate crimes.

Aides to Mayor Bill de Blasio tell The Associated Press that De Blasio will deliver a speech at an Islamic community center Friday, reaffirming that the city’s 800,000 Muslims have the same rights as all New Yorkers.

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