At least 49 people are dead and 20 injured following two separate terrorist attack shootings in New Zealand overnight. And because of the shootings, Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for increased security around mosques and houses of worship in New York.
State police will increase patrols around New York, which Cuomo says appears to be rooted in Islamophobia.
Cuomo said that New York stands with the Muslim community as the state always has and will, in a statement. It reads:
"My heart breaks for the victims of the horrific attack in New Zealand. And we grieve with the rest of the world. In the wake of this disgusting act of bigoted violence, which appears to be rooted in Islamophobia, New York stands with the Muslim community as we always have and always will.
As a precaution, I have directed State Police to increase patrols around mosques and houses of worship across the state. At a time of great division, we will stand up to hate in all its forms and do everything in our power to protect the safety and wellbeing of all New Yorkers.
On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to the people of New Zealand, to the families who have lost loved ones, and to all those grieving around the world."