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New York Will Work With Conn., N.J. To Boost Mass Transit Security

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that he has signed an order allowing Connecticut and New Jersey to help with law enforcement on mass transit during the holidays.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that he has signed an order allowing Connecticut and New Jersey to help with law enforcement on mass transit during the holidays. Photo Credit: MTA

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he has signed an executive order which provides New Jersey and Connecticut law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction on New York’s public transportation services and facilities.

In the wake of the Paris and California attacks, this allows security and counter-terrorism officials in both states to assist New York for the next 30 days in ensuring public safety at the types of locations which are traditionally targeted by terrorists, Cuomo said.

“With the busy holiday season in full swing, we are taking every precaution necessary to mitigate potential terrorist threats and keep people safe. This order gives our partners in New Jersey and Connecticut greater ability to help patrol and protect our mass transit networks. Together we will continue to remain vigilant, and I urge all travelers to stay alert and safe throughout the holidays," he added.

In general, the holiday season is a time of heightened alert and risk of terror attacks. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of commuters travel between New York, New Jersey and Connecticut daily via mass transit systems that include inter-state rail, bus and ferry systems. Increased manpower and overall law enforcement presence will allow governments throughout the region to protect public safety and provide an additional reassurance to commuters.

“The terror attacks and threats of the past weeks are jarring and bring a sharp focus to every American of the threat the West faces from radical Islam, said New Jersey Gov.Chris Christie. "As Governor, my first and most solemn responsibility is ensuring the safety of the people in our state, and we are taking every step to ensure that the people and critical infrastructure of New Jersey and the region are protected against the threat of terrorism.”

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said: “The safety and security of holiday travelers is a top priority. We’re doing everything possible to ensure a safe holiday season and taking all necessary precautions. We will continue to stay vigilant.”

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