NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City is saturated with heightened security after the explosion in Chelsea on Saturday night as many additional police officers and National Guardsmen are on patrol.
CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported commuters are likely looking at a tough Monday morning commute with the United Nations General Assembly meeting getting underway on top of the continuing investigation into the Chelsea bombing.
“I think it’s going to be worse,” one cab driver said.
“We were just driving on Park and you couldn’t turn on half the blocks. Just imagine tomorrow. It’s going to be a lot worse,” Leo Cohen of Brooklyn said.
During a press conference on Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo talked about some of the post-explosion security enhancements for the city.
“We will be deploying an added 1,000 New York State Police and National Guard people to police the bus terminals, airports and subway stations,” Cuomo said.
This was already going to be a challenging week for commuters as world leaders, including President Barack Obama, will be in the city for the U.N. General Assembly.
“We would normally have an expanded presence for the U.N. General Assembly, you will see an even stronger presence now,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
U.N.-related motorcades added to the mix, just as more officers patrol, stand guard and check vehicles and people across the city.
People said they want to see bag checks and an expanded police force.
“I have my kids with me, so it makes me feel more secure,” Mayrov Nackab of Flatbush said.
“New Yorkers are resilient. It takes a lot to scare us,” Rebecca Smith of Midtown said.
De Blasio told the public to be confident, vigilant and report anything that looks suspicious.
No suspect has yet to be named in the bombing.