NY governor deploys 100 additional National Guard soldiers to transit centers

BY EMILY BIRNBAUM - 10/24/18 05:40 PM EDT 31

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) deployed 100 additional National Guard soldiers to transit centers in the state on Wednesday, citing an "abundance of caution" after packages apparently containing explosives were intercepted in the city and suburbs this week.

Five bombs were sent to Democratic figures in New York City and Washington, D.C., this week. All of them were found and removed by authorities before they could detonate.

Three of those explosives were intercepted at locations in New York, including packages sent to the Clinton family, Democratic mega-donor George Soros and CNN's Manhattan headquarters.

"New Yorkers have never succumbed to fear or intimidation, and today will be no different," Cuomo said in the statement. "We are tough, we are resilient, and we will not allow terrorist thugs to change the way we lead our lives."

Cuomo in the statement said he is directing state law enforcement to double security at all "vital assets" in the state, including major airports, roads, tunnels bridges and transit centers.

A suspicious package was also sent to Cuomo's office on Wednesday, but authorities ultimately concluded it was not a bomb and was unrelated to the other packages.

An explosive device was found near Soros' home in Bedford, N.Y., earlier this week. The other New York packages were found on Wednesday at the Clintons' home in Chappaqua, N.Y., and the Time Warner building in Manhattan.