Police increase New Year's Eve security nationwide amid FBI warnings.

Gov. Kathy Hochul says Americans and foreigners who plan to see the Times Square ball drop on New Year's Eve will face increased security before and after the descent. NYSP will increase staffing and troopers, and the NY National Guard and other agencies will patrol some areas.

The action comes as the FBI and other federal agencies alerted police districts nationwide about potential threats to huge holiday gatherings, particularly from lone actors inspired by the Israel-Hamas war.

After the FBI alert, public safety agencies across are strengthening security for New Year's Eve. Police are utilizing bomb squads, hazmat teams, and low-level helicopters to increase security in Las Vegas, where hundreds of thousands of tourists will spend the holiday.

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams claims no credible threats, the city is responding "out of an abundance of caution."

"Safeguarding events — of any size — is something we do better than any other city in the nation," Adams said on X. 

"But, out of an abundance of caution, you'll see a large security presence on the ground and in the air during the festivities to ensure New Yorkers can celebrate safely."

In their advisory earlier this month, the FBI, DHS, and NCTC warned police and the public about New Year's Eve safety risks. 

They warned of "ongoing tension between Israel and Hamas" and rising hate crimes nationwide.

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