Expect to see a massive police presence in the city during Tuesday’s balloting — more than twice the number of officers deployed on any previous Election Day, according to NYPD officials.
A primary reason for the build-up of police forces is the need for additional security in the area where the two presidential candidates will have their election night parties. The venues are only a few blocks from each other.
The NYPD will supplement security provided to the candidates by the Secret Service. Clinton is holding her campaign event at the Javits Center on election night. Trump will gather with his supporters at the Hilton hotel in Midtown.
Streets around the convention center and the hotel will be closed Tuesday, beginning at 6 a.m.
More than 5,000 officers will be deployed on Election Day, said NYPD Chief of Department Carlos Gomez during a news conference Monday at Times Square.
“This is by far the largest election detail the NYPD has ever had. It’s more than double our previous high,” he said. “It’s comparable to New Year’s Eve and the Pope visit.”
Police officials dismiss reports of alleged terrorist threats relative to Election Day.
“ISIS puts out these threats widely over their social media before many events,” said NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller. “We’ve seen them before holidays. We’ve seen them before special events. This is part of their M.O.”
No credible threat has been made against the city, he stressed.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said that officers will be stationed at all of the 1,200 polling places in the city.
“If we see any evidence of voter intimidation, we have the ability to reinforce those sites quickly and make sure that any pattern of intimidation is snuffed out immediately,” he said.