STATEMENT FROM ROCKLAND COUNTY EXECUTIVE ED DAY:
“We watch with shock, sadness and anger as New York City is attacked once again, apparently by terrorists.
“The people of Rockland County stand with our neighbors in New York City as we did on Feb. 26, 1993 and Sept. 11, 2001 when our freedoms were attacked and innocent lives were lost.
“As former commander in the NYPD, I can assure the people of Rockland County that there is a top-notch public safety component in place to keep us safe. As always, if you see something, say something.
“Many people who live in Rockland County work in New York City. Members of the NYPD and FDNY are among them. We hope and pray that they and all first-responders are safe. And we grieve for the lives lost today.”
STATEMENT FROM ROCKLAND COUNTY LEGISLATIVE CHAIRMAN TONY EARLE:
“Whenever terror strikes anywhere we are always concerned and saddened, but when it strikes so close to home, the pain and anxiety gets ratcheted up.
“Many of our Rockland County relatives, friends and neighbors work in lower Manhattan, and many serve with the New York City Police and Fire Departments. I worked in New York City for 27 years and know the stress a family deals with until they get that phone call from you telling them you are safe. Unfortunately, tonight, at least eight families will not receive such a call.
“My thoughts are with the victims and their families, as well as the first-responders who ran toward the danger in order to help save lives.
“We’re not going to allow these cowards to scare us behind closed doors, but must commit to sticking together against those who seek to use terror against us.”