Governor Cuomo signed an Executive Order to boost security on Mass Transit during the holiday season. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Law Enforcement Officers will gain jurisdiction to New York's public transportation services and facilities to connect buses, ferries and other mass transit into New York City. Executive Order No. 148, was signed today to ensure public safety at traditionally targeted terrorist spots.
New York -- With the holidays vastly approaching, the act of terrorism increases spurring security and counter-terrorism officials to increase security in both states to assist New York in ensuring public safety at locations with heightened alert and risk of terror attacks. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed Executive Order No. 148 today, which provides New Jersey and Connecticut law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction on New York's public transportation.
Governor Cuomo stated, "With the busy holiday season in full swing, we are taking every precaution necessary to mitigate potential terrorist threats and keep people safe. This order gives our partners in New Jersey and Connecticut greater ability to help patrol and protect our mass transit networks. Together we will continue to remain vigilant, and I urge all travelers to stay alert and safe throughout the holidays.
Governor Chris Christie stated, "The terror attacks and threats of the past weeks are jarring and bring a sharp focus to every American of the threat the West faces from radical Islam. As Governor, my first and most solemn responsibility is ensuring the safety of the people in our state, and we are taking every step to ensure that the people and critical infrastructure of New Jersey and the region are protected against the threat of terrorism."
Governor Dannell Malloy said, "The safety and security of holiday travelers is a top priority. We're doing everything possible to ensure a safe holiday season and taking all necessary precautions. We will continue to stay vigilant."
Hundreds and thousands of commuters travel between New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on a daily basis using mass transit systems that include interstate rail, bus and ferry systems. According to the Governor Cuomo's administration, increasing manpower during the holiday season and the overall law enforcement presence for the public will allow governments to provide additional reassurance to commuters.
According to the press release, this executive order takes effect today, and will remain in effect for 30 days.