New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is deploying “hundreds” of additional state police, National Guard troops and MTA and Port Authority cops to patrol the city’s transits hubs and crossings during the holiday season amid heightened concerns about terrorism.
The special operations team starting Tuesday will beef up patrols at Penn Station, Grand Central terminal, all nine MTA-operated bridges and tunnels and PA Hudson crossings, as well as LaGuardia and JFK airports.
The bolstered security will include rapid radiation response trucks, bomb-detecting canines and increased surveillance at all high-profile locations, the governor said.
The move comes a week after an ISIS-inspired would-be suicide bomber set off a homemade explosive device at the PA-Times Square subway station last week.
On Halloween, a terrorist in a rental truck killed eight people on a bike path in Hudson River Park in the shadow of the World Trade Center site.
Cuomo emphasized the teams are working in tandem with the NYPD and federal law enforcement.
“There’s no doubt we had two terrorist attacks in two months. There’s no doubt that tensions have been heightened,” the governor said.
“This is more than we’ve done before. It’s a response to terrorists activity we’ve never seen before. What we’ve seen lately is these lone-wolf incidents.”
The increase in law enforcement comes as New York City and the metro region grapples with record tourism and traffic gridlock.
“We have increased traffic, more tourists and even more trucks coming to the city,” Cuomo said.
“We are looking at a number of personnel deployed in the hundreds.”
Cuomo is expected to announce the anti-terror measures with MTA chairman Joe Lhota on Tuesday.
“MTA’s law enforcement officers — and all of our employees — are truly on the front lines protecting New Yorkers. In coordination with all of our partners, we’re surging deployments and heightening our security presence to help keep New Yorkers safe this holiday season,” Lhota said.
The New York National Guard’s Joint Task Force Empire Shield is heavily involved in the effort.
The MTA had already beefed up their patrols and surveillance at major rail hubs after the Time Square terror incident. Now additional patrols will extend to the bridges, tunnels and airports.