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Judge Tosses Lawsuit By World Trade Center Neighbors

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by neighbors of the World Trade Center challenging a plan they say would burden them with "fortress-like" security for the rebuilt site.

A Manhattan judge dismissed the lawsuit in a ruling filed Thursday. Lawyers for the city and the neighbors didn't immediately responded.

The $40 million plan envisions include barriers, guard booths and vehicle-screening areas. Several hundred people live within the planned barriers.

The city says the system is necessary to protect a site twice attacked by terrorists. Officials say pedestrians and cyclists will be able to move about freely.

Residents say their neighborhood would become a gated community plagued by traffic jams. They said the plan didn't undergo a proper environmental review.

"The police seem to be doing everything for the tourists at the expense of the community," Mary Perillo, a longtime resident, said in November.

The judge said the review process was proper.

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