NEW YORK (PIX11) — If you see more armed and uniformed officers around here, don’t be alarmed.
In the wake of U.S. and coalition airstrikes against ISIS, Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie on Wednesday signed a bi-state memorandum to heighten security in New York and New Jersey.
The move comes nine days after the governors met with other national, state and city security heads to address concerns of terrorist threats in the area. At the meeting, the governors concluded that the New York metro area is still an appetizing target for attacks ranging in gravity from the Boston Marathon bombing to 9/11.
“The New York City area has always been a top target for terrorists wishing to spread hatred and fear, and we would be in a state of denial to say that what is going on internationally has not raised that danger,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“Global events this week bring the threat into acutely sharp focus,” added Christie. “We know that our people and assets remain a target in the minds of depraved individuals around the globe.”
Over the next 100 days, there will be a spike in law enforcement and military personnel within the metro area and at major public transportation outlets to deter any potential criminal or terrorist activity.
Agencies involved include:
- Port Authority Police Department
- National Guard
- New York State Police
- New Jersey State Police
- New Jersey Transit Police
The announcement, effective immediately, comes on the heels of President Barack Obama’s trip to New York City this week.
Obama on Wednesday called for world cooperation against terror in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly.
He’ll continue his diplomatic meetings Thursday before leaving NYC for Washington, D.C., in the early afternoon.
Obama is scheduled to meet with leaders from Egypt and Ethiopia, and deliver remarks at the UN about the Ebola epidemic.
Drivers are warned to expect continued traffic and rolling closures in Midtown.
PIX11 News’ Sean Fitz-Gerald wrote this report.