New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called-in the National Guard Wednesday evening after multiple “suspicious packages” were sent to prominent politicians and news organizations in New York City and the surrounding suburbs.
Cuomo announced his decision on social media just hours after CNN’s New York offices were evacuated; saying “Fear is the intent and we are trying to counter fear, so we’ve deployed National Guard, we doubled the state police, you’ll see more of a police presence in New York.”
“I’ve been governor of New York for seven years, I’ve faced many terrorism situations, and this works on multiple levels. The first level is to do a full investigation. Let’s find the person or people involved,” he said Thursday. “Second, especially in New York, you want to retain a sense of control, you want people to know that you’re acting and you’re acting appropriately and they’re safe. Fear is the intent and we are trying to counter fear, so we’ve deployed National Guard, we doubled the state police, you’ll see more of a police presence in New York,” posted Cuomo.
Out of an abundance of caution, I am deploying additional National Guard soldiers and directing State law enforcement to double security at vital transportation assets across New York.
New Yorkers have never succumbed to fear or intimidation, and today will be no different. pic.twitter.com/8XxY7jWYTJ
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) October 24, 2018
Multiple devices have been seized by law enforcement personnel this week after being sent to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, George Soros, Maxine Waters, Robert de Niro, Joe Biden, CNN, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.