BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced new security measures at Planned Parenthood clinics across the state.
New York State Police began increased patrols at facilities on Friday. Officers will visit more than 60 locations statewide starting on Monday “to assist with security and emergency planning measures”.
Governor Cuomo released a statement that said, “Friday’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic was a senseless act of violence that has left us shocked and heartbroken. While we are still learning more about what led to this horrendous attack in Colorado, we are taking appropriate precautions and doing everything possible to prevent similar tragedies from taking place in our state.
“The State Police will be patrolling clinics across New York on Monday, and our administration is working closely with dedicated Planned Parenthood staff and our local partners to ensure the safety of these health centers throughout the state. My thoughts and prayers are with all who were injured in Friday’s attack, as well as the loved ones of those who died in that terrible tragedy.”
The president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York State, Lauren Tobias, also released a statement, “Our thoughts are with all who were impacted by yesterday’s events; especially the families and friends who lost loved ones, those who were injured and the brave law enforcement agencies and Planned Parenthood staff who handled this tragedy with strength and professionalism.
“The information regarding the gunman’s motive remains unknown as does whether Planned Parenthood was targeted deliberately. But unfortunately there is a history of people bringing violence to health centers in the past and so an incident such as this underscores the need for vigilance to ensure that patients and the staff that provide services are safe at all health centers. We will work with the Governor’s office, local law enforcement and Planned Parenthood affiliates to make sure health centers in New York can continue to provide safe and accessible high quality health care.”