Security tightened in NYC after Brussels terror attacks

Yaron Steinbuch writes in the  March 22, 2016  edition of the New York Post about increased security in New York after this mornings bombings in Brussels.

The NYPD is in touch with its international partners, as well as with the FBI and have increased their counterterrorism activities around the city, though there is no known link between the Brussels attacks and New York.

In addition —

  • The New York National Guard activated its quick reaction force from Fort Hamilton to provide additional security detail at JFK Airport.
  • The National Guard deployed 400 members in the New York City area, including at JFK and LaGuardia airports.
  • The New York State Police will have troopers assigned to Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal as well as the Queens Midtown Tunnel and the George Washington Bridge.
  • The Port Authority is increasing its police presence at all of its airports, bridges, tunnels and the World Trade Center, as well as the PATH and Port Authority Bus Terminal. “We will have our special operations divisions with heavy weapons visible at several of these locations. This is strictly as a precaution. There have been no credible threats,” spokesman Steve Coleman said.
  • The MTA is coordinating with State Police and the Port Authority to elevate its police presence at subway and rail stations in New York City, Westchester and Long Island.
  • The state also is coordinating with local and federal partners, including the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the NYPD.
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