Amtrak's Empire Corridor site of law-enforcement exercises

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Law enforcement agencies combined to hold anti-terrorism exercises at several locations along Amtrak’s Empire Corridor on Wednesday, an effort announced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

The exercises, dubbed “Operation NY SECURE (Securing the Empire Corridor by Unifying Regional Efforts),” involved eight stations on the Amtrak route and Metro-North’s Hudson Line: Penn Station, Yonkers, Croton-Harmon, Peekskill, Poughkeepsie, Hudson, Rhinecliff, and Albany-Rensselaer.

Among the agencies taking part were Amtrak police, state police, the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, and local law-enforcement agencies. They coordinated on increased platform controls, increased on-board security, canine explosive-detection sweeps, and other surveillance activity.

“Keeping New Yorkers safe is our top priority,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. “This operation gives all levels of public safety partners the opportunity to coordinate and prepare for terrorist threats and emergency situations on our rail lines and I look forward to continuing the successful partnership with Amtrak and all of our law enforcement partners.”

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