Security heightened across New York transit facilities

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National Guard soldiers and New York state troopers provide added security on the RFK Bridge. (Courtesy of Governor's Press Office)

The New York National Guard will be deployed across bridges, tunnels, airports and mass transit systems in the New York City area over the holiday season. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the move is in light of recent terrorist attacks.

The coordinated law enforcement effort also increases the number of New York State Police assets deployed at all MTA and Port Authority facilities. Indeed, state troopers are a common sight on and around the RFK Bridge.

The effort will include so-called surge deployments at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, LaGuardia Airport, Kennedy Airport, Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station and other transit facilities.

Deployment of special operations teams will include additional bomb-sniffing dogs, increased heavily armed personnel, enhanced surveillance and rapid radiation response vehicles.

"We don't have any information that has caused us to increase security," Cuomo said. "This is just out of an abundance of caution."

The state personnel with work in conjunction with the New York Police Department.