After 49 people were killed during mass shootings at mosques in New Zealand, Governor Andrew Cuomo is directing state police to up security around mosques in New York.
In a statement, the governor says:
“My heart breaks for the victims of the horrific attack in New Zealand. And we grieve with the rest of the world. In the wake of this disgusting act of bigoted violence, which appears to be rooted in Islamophobia, New York stands with the Muslim community as we always have and always will.
“As a precaution, I have directed State Police to increase patrols around mosques and houses of worship across the state. At a time of great division, we will stand up to hate in all its forms and do everything in our power to protect the safety and wellbeing of all New Yorkers.
“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to the people of New Zealand, to the families who have lost loved ones, and to all those grieving around the world.”
Forty-nine people were killed in two shootings at mosques in Christchurch. One shooter, whose name hasn’t been released, left behind a manifesto, the AP reports, where he wrote he is a 28-year-old Australian white nationalist.