With heightened security for public transportation across the United States following the deadly explosions in London today, Gov. George E. Pataki has ordered members of the New York State Police to assist in the security efforts in New York City. Troopers will be riding on commuter trains during the heightened alert, as they have been during other heightened alerts following 9-11.
The State Troopers PBA is proud of the bravery and dedication of our members to public safety, and we support all of our members’ efforts.
Below is a press release issued by Governor Pataki’s office describing some of the extra security measures being taken in New York state.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 7, 2005
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR GEORGE E. PATAKI
"We were again reminded of the very real and serious threat that terrorism poses for the entire world when this morning the people of London were the victims of a horrible attack.
“Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones in this horrific and cowardly attack and the thoughts and prayers of all New Yorkers are with the people of London and Great Britain during this difficult and tragic time.
“Shortly before 6 a.m. this morning, our Homeland Security team acted quickly to work with the NYPD and the MTA and Port Authority police to implement additional security measures at train stations across the New York Metro region.
“I also spoke with Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff who indicated that the Federal Government is taking steps to ensure that our homeland security efforts here at home remain vigilant, strong and well-coordinated in the wake of the London attacks.
“And our State homeland security officials are in continual contact with law enforcement and homeland security officials from both New York City and the Federal Government.
“This morning I also signed an Executive Order that allows law enforcement officers from both Connecticut and New Jersey to be on-board incoming and outgoing New York commuter trains. These law enforcement personnel, both uniformed and not, will provide an added measure of security for New York commuters. I spoke this morning with Governor Rell and Acting Governor Codey to coordinate these efforts.
“I urge all New Yorkers to go about their daily lives as usual, but to also remain vigilant. If you see something unusual or suspicious, I urge you to contact the State’s counter-terrorism tips line at 1-866-SAFE-NYS or in New York City, to please call the NYPD’s tips line at 1-888-NYC-SAFE.” ###