Security Beefed Up Across New York State

Governor Cuomo: "Out of an abundance of caution"

Richard Root
May 23, 2017 - 3:21 am
May 22, 2017; Manchester, England; Police at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande concert. Mandatory Credit: PA Images/Sipa USA via USA TODAY NETWORK

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NEW YORK (WBEN / AP) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's directed state law enforcement officials to step up security and patrols at high-profile locations across the state after an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England.

The Democratic governor says the state is increasing security at airports, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems.

At least 22 people were killed and dozens of others were injured late Monday in the blast at Manchester Arena.

In a statement, Cuomo called the explosion "an inexplicable and abhorrent assault on our universal values as human beings."

New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill wrote on Twitter on Monday night that the New York Police Department is closely monitoring the events in Manchester to "determine any possible implications" for the city.

Governor Cuomo's entire statement:

"I am both shocked and heartbroken by the horrific explosion at the Manchester Arena in England. This apparent act of terrorism, targeting a concert attended by thousands of teenagers and young people, is an inexplicable and abhorrent assault on our universal values as human beings.‎ An attack on one is an attack on all, and New York stands in solidarity with the British people and our friends around the world against the forces of hate and terror.

"Out of an abundance of caution, I have directed state law enforcement officials to step up security and patrols at high-profile locations across New York, including our airports, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems. The safety of New Yorkers is priority number one, and we are in close contact with federal and local officials as we continue to remain vigilant in the wake of this tragedy.

"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to the victims and their loved ones."

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