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Black liberation flag outside the New York state Capitol in Albany on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021.
Police had prepared for the worst and hoped for the best, and their hopes were realized when a rumored rally by supporters of President Donald Trump failed to materialize on Sunday.
The barricades were set up and three layers of fences cordoned off the steps to the New York Capitol — awaiting a possible repeat of the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 — but the statehouse area remained quiet, as did statehouses across the Mid-Atlantic states.
State, local and federal agencies said they were well prepared to address any threat at New York’s Capitol amid intelligence chatter targeting statehouses nationwide.
“Given recent events in Washington and across the country, the New York State Police has, out of an abundance of caution, taken steps to harden security in and around the State Capitol in Albany,” New York State Police spokesman Beau Duffy said in a statement.
“These restrictions are in place until further notice,” he said.
– Joseph Spector, Candy Woodall, Dustin Racioppi and Madeleine O’Neill, USA TODAY Network
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