New York City has increased its police presence at “strategic locations” throughout the city, while several state agencies are on heightened alert in the wake of explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
About 1,000 members of the NYPD’s counter-terrorism arm have been mobilized, according to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The New York National Guard on Sunday sent three vehicles and six soldiers to assist with the marathon and they remain on the scene, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
Their full statements are below.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston and Massachusetts as reports come in on the horrific tragedy at the Boston Marathon. I have directed state agencies, including the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, State Police, the MTA and the Port Authority, to be on a heightened state of alert as we learn more about this incident. New York National Guard on Sunday sent three vehicles and 6 soldiers to support the Marathon, and they are on hand to assist with emergency response and work together with local authorities following this incident.”
“As law enforcement authorities investigate today’s explosions in Boston, I ask all New Yorkers to keep the victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers. I have spoken with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and the NYPD has stepped up security at strategic locations and critical infrastructure, including our subways. Some of the security steps we are taking may be noticeable, including deployment of Critical Response Vehicles and additional police personnel, and others will not be. We have 1,000 members of the NYPD assigned to counter-terrorism duties, and they – along with the entire NYPD and the investments we have made in counter-terrorism infrastructure – are being fully mobilized to protect our city.”