A week after the anniversary of 9/11, Gov. Cuomo announced an aggressive new anti-terrorism security plan that will greatly increase the number of cops and National Guard members around NYC.
Although there is "no specific threat" of a terror attack in NYC, Cuomo unveiled his plan yesterday in midtown Manhattan to reporters and legislators. He's called upon New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs, the New York State Police, the MTA and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to increase security at mass transit sites like LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal, and stations along the Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road.
He said in a press release:
When it comes to public safety, our responsibility in government is to be ready, be prepared, and anticipate the worst—and that is exactly what we are doing today. While we have not received any credible threats, New York City is an international symbol of tolerance and resilience, and therefore continues to be a top target for terrorists. With that in mind and in light increasing terrorist activity overseas, we are increasing security measures across the board at mass transit sites in the region. New Yorkers should rest assured knowing that public safety is our highest priority, and we will do whatever we need to do in order to keep our communities safe.
The full specifics of the plan will be revealed next week at a joint announcement with NJ Gov. Chris Christie. "They’ll be in large congregation points. They’ll be at Port Authority sites. They’ll be at MTA sites. They’ll be at airports, Penn Station, Grand Central—all throughout the system—and they’ll be highly visible," Cuomo told CBS. The plan will cost tens of millions of dollars, which Cuomo claims will be paid for in next year’s budget. He added that there will be "hundreds of people, additional people, deployed across the system."
When asked why the sudden increase in security, he told reporters, "This is just a general precaution given the obvious situation and obvious facts." The News threw a little shade at him in their report on the sudden security increase, noting he "is running for re-election" soon, adding: "It was Cuomo's second media briefing on security issues in five days, activity that comes as he is ramping up his general election campaign against Republican Rob Astorino. The ability to command media attention through official duties is an advantage that incumbents almost always have over challengers."
He might be running for re-election, but don't expect any presidential announcements anytime soon: Cuomo's autobiography has reportedly been shelved. The Post claims he planned "to launch his presidential bid with an inspiring autobiography." "It’s a disaster,” a source told them. "This could be one of those books that is never finished."