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NYPD ups security at Jewish sites

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Police Department is beefing up security at the city's synagogues and other Jewish sites this week for the Passover holiday in the wake of a deadly attack on a religious school in France last month.

Authorities stressed that there have been no specific threats reported in the city for the weeklong holiday, which starts at sundown Friday.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said there would be heightened security and the deployment of heavily armed roving counterterrorism units.

"We'll ensure that coverage is more than adequate in those neighborhoods, adding foot posts, visits by officers to synagogues, outreach by community affairs officers and a heightened presence of anti-crime," Kelly said Tuesday to a roomful of the city's Jewish leaders.

Kelly said the security measures were not related to the investigation of an online mock movie poster that warns that al-Qaida wants to return to New York City. The poster surfaced early Monday and came from a forum where known terrorists have participated.



Man tries to smuggle knife in mayo jar

NEW YORK (AP) -- Federal officials said Tuesday that security screeners at New York's Kennedy Airport caught a man trying to smuggle a knife onto a flight by plunging it into a full tub of mayonnaise.

A Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman said screeners stopped the man Tuesday as he arrived for a trip to Mexico City.

The hiding spot was poorly chosen. Jars of mayonnaise are also banned from carry-on luggage in the United States.

The TSA considers mayo to be a liquid or gel. That means passengers can't bring it aboard unless the container holds less than 3.4 ounces.

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said Port Authority police confiscated both the knife and the mayonnaise. They still allowed the man to catch his plane.



School administrator charged in sex case

NEW YORK (AP) -- An assistant principal at a New York City grade school has been arrested on sex abuse charges.

Police said Tuesday that Joseph Ponzo was accused of fondling two young girls at the school.

School officials said Ponzo, 59, had been an assistant principal at PS 106 in the Bronx since 2008.