Security boosted in Nassau, Suffolk in wake of Pittsburgh shootingPosted: Updated:
Long Island elected officials are expressing condolences as local police departments boost security in the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting.
Officials say 11 people were killed and six others were hurt when a gunman opened fire at the house of worship in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone issued a statement on the shooting, saying, "In the aftermath of this tragedy, this is a moment for all Americans to come together to reject violence and hatred in all forms."
News 12 is told there is no credible threat in Suffolk County, but county police will increase patrols, especially around houses of worship.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran is also expressing her condolences.
Her office tells News 12 security will be stepped up in the county. She says, "Although there are no known imminent threats to Nassau County, the police department has immediately increased and intensified patrols in and around all houses of worship."
Robert Zimmerman is the past president of Great Neck B'nai B'rith. He tell News 12 regardless of faith, this massacre hits close to home for so many.
"Be it a church, be it a mosque, be it a synagogue whatever the religious institution may be they all had the same reaction, that for the grace of God we could have been in that situation," says Zimmerman. "The assault on the Jewish community is an assault on every one of us our society is threatened by the kind of hate mongering, the kind of divisiveness and the kind of vicious acts of violence that we witnessed today."
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