Governor Hochul Deploying Additional State Police and National Guard to Transportation Hubs
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chair and CEO Janno Lieber joined MTA Chief Safety and Security Officer Patrick Warren, MTA Police Chief John Mueller, and NYPD Chief of Transit Michael Kemper to view safety protocols at Grand Central Terminal and the Grand Centralsubway station.
Currently, the NYPD says law enforcement is not aware of any specific, credible threats against public transit or the region. The MTA is in contact with Local, State, and Federal law enforcement partners to continually assess threat conditions. Last night, Governor Kathy Hochul directed additional State Police and National Guard to patrol key transportation hubs.
“While there is no credible threat, we have increased our presence at the major transportation terminals and throughout the transit system under the leadership of the NYPD,” Lieber said. “We are more visible and more prepared than ever, and we encourage customers if you see something, say something.”
“We are increasing our presence and our visibility to provide a comfort level to our ridership at terminals and on commuter railroads,” Chief Mueller said. “I was at a security conference in Israel when the attacks began last week, and I want to assure the public that we are in constant communication with law enforcement partners to be prepared for anything and get the latest intelligence.”
“We are well aware of the events going on around the world and we say this all the time -- public safety is our top priority,” Chief Kemper said. “So, although we are not aware of any credible threats towards New York City or the subway system, just out of an abundance of caution, we have increased police presence.”
Law enforcement is asking everyone to be vigilant regarding situational awareness. This includes identifying suspicious behavior or unattended packages. If you see something, say something by contacting the police through control center channels, or calling 888-NYC-SAFE (within NYC limits), 866-SAFE-NYS (866-723-3697 – statewide), or local area 911.