NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced that National Guard troops and additional police officers would be at mass transit points and other sites in the New York City area – amid an increased threat of terrorist activity.
As CBS 2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported, Cuomo’s decision to launch his own war on ISIS adds another layer of anti-terror measures to a metropolitan area that has been constantly on guard since Sept. 11, 2001.
“I think it’s safe to say, Marcia, that the state of the metro area will never have been as well-protected as it will be with this plan in operation,” Cuomo told Kramer.
Cuomo has directed the heads of the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs, the New York State Police, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to increase security at sites including LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal, and Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road stations.
As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, the “across the board” security crackdown comes amid heightened tensions with ISIS, or ISIL, in the Middle East.