Statements of Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and Suffolk Police Commissioner Richard Dormer on NYC Terror Threat
“As we are a suburb of New York City, Suffolk County’s law enforcement community has already taken a number of steps in the days leading up to the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Some of these precautions will be noticeable to the public; some will not.
We urge all citizens to be aware and vigilant, and to report to law enforcement any suspicious or unusual activities they may observe, including unattended packages or surveillance near transportation facilities.
We must be aware that an attack on New York City may not necessarily originate within the city boundaries, and we stand ready to work with Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD in any manner.
Since September 11, 2001, our nation has been able to detect, deter and prevent any further attacks on United States soil. This is due to outstanding communication and cooperation between all levels, from the Federal government on down, and our citizens should be comforted by the depth and breadth of the professionalism of our law enforcement community.” Steve Levy, Suffolk County Executive
“The Suffolk County Police Department will be exhibiting a strong, noticeable presence beginning today. This includes added, high visibility patrols around transportation facilities and on the many pathways into New York City: roads, rails, air and sea. We will also provide an added presence at locations that attract large numbers of people.
We are also using our Suffolk County Alert Network (SCAN) to be in communication with businesses and retailers, asking them to be on the lookout for unusual purchases of certain materials that could be used in an attack.
Our department is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and all of our law enforcement partners to provide a massive, coordinated response to prevent this threat from becoming a reality.” Richard Dormer, Suffolk County Police Commissioner