Albany prepping for protests inauguration day

Patrick Moussignac
Created: January 13, 2021 06:15 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York, much like every other state in the country is preparing for next week's Inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden. Preparations include the possibility of demonstrations outside the State Capitol Building in Albany.

News10NBC talked to both a State Senator and Assembly Member to find out if they're required to be on alert for the next week. Both say right now it's business as usual at the Capitol, but everyone is being cautious due to what happened in Washington D.C. last week.

Security at the Capitol Building in Albany has been beefed up in the past few days, as President Donald Trump's term in office is in its final days. New York State Senator Jeremy Cooney shared what has been told to Senators, Assembly Members, and other Capitol staff.

"I was just in the Capitol yesterday," Cooney said. "I know that our Majority Leader has met with the New York State Police which protects the Capitol. So we have certainly had conversations about what next Wednesday looks like."

Cooney says doesn't have any personal security team following him around. The rookie Senator represents the greater Rochester area and says he feels completely safe when at the Capitol. He intends to work on Wednesday.

"I'm going to be there. I feel that it's important for me to show up and do my job. We have really important business on behalf of New Yorkers. Next week we're going to be focusing on small business. How are we supporting them in the pandemic. I need to be there," Cooney said. 

State Assembly Member Josh Jensen is also in his first-ever term at the Capitol. He agrees with Cooney.

"I have complete trust in the New York State Police, and the job they do, not just keeping members of the Assembly and Senate safe, but staff, visitors, and the entire Albany area where the Capitol is located," Jensen said.

Like all the others, Jensen does have a choice to work remotely if they choose to.

"I've been doing a mix of that," Jensen said. "I've been in Albany for two out of the three session days. So I'm still making the determination next week whether, or not I'm going to be at the Capitol, or if I'm going to be working and participating in session from here in my district office."

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