[PHOTO & VIDEO LINKS BELOW] As more details emerge about the four men behind the alleged bomb plot in the Bronx, the state’s Office of Homeland Security held an emergency meeting Sunday in Brooklyn to address safety and security concerns with community leaders.
NYS Senator Eric Adams, the Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman, brought Thomas Donlon, Director of NYS Office of Homeland Security to Boro Park to assure Jewish community leaders the state is doing everything it can to ensure their safety.
“We are not going to localize our concern, we are going to protect the entire State of New York,” Adams said. “New York State is the target for those who want to hurt this country and we have the best team possible protecting the state at this time.”
Rabbi Bernard Freilich – who is the Special Assistant to the NY State Police Superintendent – praised the superb efforts of FBI, NYPD, and NY State Police officers in their joint effort that thwarted a plot to terrorize worshippers at two Bronx synagogues and instill fear among all New Yorkers and all Americans.
“We were definitely reassured that all government agencies, law enforcement agencies are focused on the threats that we face. They’re taking all the precautionary measures to assure the security of our community,” said Gan Yisroel Director Rabbi Aron Ginsberg.
The four were arrested after authorities say they planted what they thought were explosives outside Riverdale Temple and nearby Riverdale Jewish Center.
Also attending & addressing the meeting were community leaders including Abe Friedman – liaison to Senator Adams, Rabbi Aryeh Leib Glantz, Rabbi Yanky Meyer, Rabbi Simcha Bernard, Rabbi Kaufman from COJO, Rabbi Joel Eisdorfer – liaison to Senator Adams, and others.
(Dov Gordon – YWN)