PBA Statement on Death of bin Laden and Future of State’s Security

On Sept. 11, 2001, Troopers from every corner of the state were directed to New York City and remained there for months. Nearly 10 years later we reflect on that day and the news that Osama bin Laden has been killed by U.S. forces.
Earlier today, Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that, “…The threat to our state and our nation unfortunately does not die with Osama bin Laden. We must remain vigilant in preventing terror acts and continue to do everything to keep our state and nation safe and secure.”
The members of the New York State Troopers PBA are confident that under the Governor’s leadership, we will have the resources and manpower available to help our state and its citizens remain safe.
“As one of the responding New York State Troopers during the aftermath and devastation in lower Manhattan, the news of bin Laden’s death gave me a sense of justice,” said State Troopers PBA President Thomas H. Mungeer. “As New Yorkers, we will always be a top target for terrorists. The men and women who proudly wear the uniform of the New York State Trooper will diligently perform their duties day in and day out, and be ready to travel to any part of the state at a moment’s notice.”
Being a New York State Trooper is a dangerous, difficult, and unpredictable job. No day is ever routine. Troopers, along with our brothers and sisters in law enforcement, dedicate their lives to serving and protecting the public. There may be no greater time to partner with the citizens of New York State to remain vigilant in observance of suspicious or dangerous activity in our communities.
The toll-free Statewide Terrorist Tips Hotline can be reached by calling 1-866-SAFENYS or 1-866-723-3697. In New York City, residents should call the New York City Police Department’s hotline, 1-888-NYCSAFE.