Security beefed up at NYS Capitol

Dan Levy
Updated: January 17, 2021 09:34 AM
Created: January 17, 2021 12:14 AM

ALBANY - As a direction response to FBI Director Christopher Wray's description that there's "an extensive amount of concerning online chatter", the State Capitol in Albany has been transformed into a fortress.

And for people who work there, especially for the people who will be working there on Inauguration Day this week, the experience can be unsettling.

During a three week time span when Americans are witnessing an insurrection, an impeachment, and an inauguration, government officials and police agencies across the country find themselves bracing for the potential impact of the chaotic crossroads of historic and unprecedented events.

It begins with barricades, special fencing, and restricted areas at state capitols across American, including in Albany.

"Of course I'm concerned," said Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy (D - Albany), "Absolutely, I am."

Fahy points out violence has already taken place in Albany, referring to the stabbing that took place outside the State Capitol on January 6th, the same day insurrectionists stormed into the U.S. Capitol.

"It's extremely disturbing," she reiterates, "Yes, I have felt physically threatened at times with some of the more aggressive protests that have been at the Capitol, as well as the Legislative Office Building."

Fahy says she's seen and read too many negative comments on social media not to take threats of violence against lawmakers seriously. She's also appreciative the governor and state police have acted swiftly to bolster safety and security at the State House.

"I'm not one who is normally known for being cautious, ask my children, but I am not reckless. there are unhinged people out there," she states.

At a news conference on Friday, local FBI officials, along with Mayor Kathy Sheehan stressed there are no specific threats involving Albany. They just don't want to take any chances.

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