New York Gov. Kathy Hochul says she has ordered state police to “ramp up monitoring and increase support for communities that are potential targets of hate crimes” following recent threats to the Jewish and LGBTQ communities.
The move announced Sunday came a day after a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs left at least five people dead and dozens of others injured.
“Here in New York, violence or bigotry will never be tolerated. We stand united against hate,” Hochul tweeted.
“Amid recent threats to Jewish and LGBTQ communities, I have directed New York State Police to ramp up monitoring & increase support for communities that are potential targets of hate crimes,” she added.
In New York City on Saturday, law enforcement announced the arrest of two men in a move they believe “stopped a threat to our Jewish community,” according to NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell.
“After stopping and positively identifying the persons of interest,” in New York City’s Penn Station, “the MTA PD officers conducted a search and recovered a large hunting knife,” the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said in a statement.
“An investigation into one of the individuals would later lead to the recovery of an illegal Glock 17 firearm, a 30-round magazine, and several other items,” the statement added.
Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller and Bradford Betz contributed to this report.