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Westchester Vigilant on Bin Laden Anniversary

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Wednesday is the one-year anniversary of the death of Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. Navy SEALs in Pakistan, and police departments across Westchester County will be “vigilant and do our due diligence,” to prevent any terrorist strike, said Irvington Police Chief Michael Cerone.

Cerone, who heads one of New York state’s 16 counterterrorism zones, encompassing Westchester and Putnam counties, said police presence would not be increased because “there’s been no formal threat.”

“We really don’t have much to go on other than our usual routine patrol,” Cerone said. “Tasking, checking train stations, bus stops, strip malls, all the critical infrastructure sites within the county itself and Putnam County.”

He said the Westchester County Department of Public Safety’s main concern is the “lone wolf that may be out there,” but added that police will monitor “anything that we feel on a normal patrol should be touched with regard to counterterrorism.”

He urged people to be aware and alert the police if they see anything suspicious.

“If anybody sees something, say something, please. It’s those initial gut instincts and seconds that can really change the outcome in any type of terrorist act,” Cerone said. “There’s been a lot of these individuals that are looking to get through and do damage, and hopefully we can stop them.”

Metro-North Railroad will be on high alert and will have an increased police presence, said spokesperson Marjorie Anders.

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