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Cuomo: Emergency operations to be in effect during Pope Francis' visit

Teams of state workers will be stationed at strategic stockpiles of emergency materials, including the one in Brentwood, for the papal visit to New York City, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday.

Similar teams will be dispatched to stockpiles at Kennedy Airport in Queens and Bloomingburg in Orange County, the governor said. Officials did not disclose the contents of the stockpiles.

The state will also activate its Emergency Operations Center in Albany and its Regional Operations Center in New York City beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, the governor said.

Pope Francis arrives from Washington at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The city plans to field 6,000 police officers, 1,173 police cars, 818 tons of concrete barriers and 39 miles of metal and wood barricades for the visit.

The NYPD is pulling out all stops -- including sophisticated technology -- to make sure the pope's visit is a safe one, not only for the pontiff but also for the hundreds of thousands of people expected to try to get close to him, officials said. Added to the task is the need to protect more than 200 dignitaries in town for the UN General Assembly.

On Monday, a joint-intelligence bulletin, released to law enforcement agencies days ago by the FBI, came to light warning that terrorists could use marked police, firefighting or other emergency units, impersonating officers and officials, to launch attacks during the three-city papal visit.

With Anthony DeStefano

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