Governor Directs New York State Police To Coordinate With Local Law Enforcement and Community Leaders To Protect At-Risk Sites
Governor Kathy Hochul today directed landmarks statewide to be illuminated blue and white in solidarity with the State of Israel in the wake of abhorrent terrorist attacks from Hamas.
“New York stands with Israel – today and every day,” Governor Hochul said. “New York is proud to be home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel, and as Governor I am committed to doing everything in my power to ensure this community is supported, uplifted and protected.”
Landmarks to be illuminated include:
- One World Trade Center
- Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
- The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
- Empire State Plaza
- State Fairgrounds – Main Gate & Expo Center
- Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
- Niagara Falls
- Moynihan Train Hall
- The Walkway Over the Hudson State Park and Friends of the Walkway Over the Hudson
- Kosciuszko Bridge
- Albany International Airport Gateway
Earlier today, Governor Hochul directed the New York State Police to coordinate with local law enforcement, including the NYPD in New York City, to ensure houses of worship and other at-risk sites remain protected. While there are no confirmed threats at this time, State officials are monitoring the situation alongside federal partners at the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.
The Governor has also spoken with a broad range of Jewish community leaders and elected officials to offer any support necessary during this critical time, and is working with the U.S. Department of State to ensure New Yorkers currently traveling in Israel can safely return home.