ALBANY — State police are shouldering what appear to be military rifles as part of a beefed-up patrol at the Capitol and some other state buildings following the terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, as well as a precaution as the holidays approach, a state spokesman said Thursday.
No specific threat has been made to officials or property in Albany, officials said.
State police have long taken up stations in the Empire State Plaza in Albany, which includes the historic Capitol. The difference now is the black rifles which appear similar to M16 military assault rifles, which drew questions and smartphone photographers.
“There is no specific threat, but given recent national and international events, the state police are increasing security out of an abundance of caution,” said state police spokesman Beau Duffy.
“As part of the stepped up enforcement activities announced following the terrorist attacks in Paris, the state police have taken appropriate steps to increase security at critical state infrastructure, including the State Capitol,” he said.
Duffy declined to provide additional details such as other locations where troopers are carrying the rifles, although the rifles have for years been common at some facilities such as New York City train stations.