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Security increased at Capital Region mosques, houses of worship

March 15, 2019 06:15 PM

Governor Cuomo is directing state police to beef up patrols around mosques and other houses of worship across New York, following the deadly attacks in New Zealand.

Local authorities were also out in full force.

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Albany police increased patrols for Jummah or Friday services at Masjid As-Salam, where hundreds of people -- as is typically the case, showed up for prayer Friday afternoon. They ask the community to be vigilant and like always, report any suspicious people or activity to police.

Over in Colonie - police and the Albany County Sheriff's Office met briefly with the president of the Board of Trustees at the Islamic Center of the Capital District to discuss security ahead of the sermon for Jummah services as a precaution, so those attending prayer feel safe.

Flowers were left at the front door, as members of the local Muslim community gathered before daily worship.

The president of the board says all are always welcome here -- and they encourage everyone to stay positive and be as one.

Hear more about how the community is responding by watching the video of Jill Konopka’s story.

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Ben Gorenstein

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