NYPD stepping up patrols as Election Day nears

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NEW YORK — With the nation divided over who to pick for president, authorities warn one terror group could be looking to disrupt democracy by staging an Election Day's eve attack.

"New Yorkers should feel good about tomorrow," NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said Monday. "They're in safe hands."

The NYPD is ready to take on any possible terror threat at all times, O'Neill said about the threats.

"It's non-specific and were assessing the credibility and we're geared up to go all the time," O'Neill said Sunday.

Authorities say they have intercepted Al Qaeda conversations overseas that focus on targeting New York, Texas and Virginia.

"We are already in high ramp up, you'll see a lot of officers out," O'Neil said.

More than 5,000 officers are assigned to election duty, NYPD Chief of Department Carlos Gomez said. The NYPD is working in conjunction with the Secret Service and FBI on security.

With both presidential candidates hosting election night parties in Manhattan for the first time since 1944, this will be the largest Election Day detail the NYPD has ever had.

Uniformed officers will be on hand at each of the more than 1,200 polling sites in the city, many of which include public schools and NYCHA buildings.

"Any attempt at voter intimidation will be snuffed out immediately," Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Officers will also be assigned to mobile units to respond to any situations that may arise. Police will be performing more bag checks than usual on the subway system and will also be riding the trains.

Meanwhile Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were making their final swings Monday through key states where voters are still deciding.

"Don't leave it up to chance," Clinton said at a rally. "Don't leave it to others. Use your voice and vote."

The FBI announced the day before it had closed its round-the-clock investigation into Clinton's emails. Many were reportedly personal or duplicates of the ones previously examined. Clinton didn't address the investigation Sunday night, but Trump continued with his rigged election rants.

"Now it's up to the American people to deliver justice at the ballot box on Nov. 8," Trump said.