Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Does Fort Totten need better security?
There is a call for increased security at New York’s military reserve bases.
For example, Fort Totten in Queens can have hundreds of army reservists training there on any given day but there are no armed guards at a checkpoint.
Fort Totten’s director of operations, Mac Harris, is worried. “To me, it’s just a matter of time,” he said. “We are just like sitting ducks here. Just waiting for something to happen.”
According to Congressman Steve Israel, armed guards were cut at Fort Totten in 2009. It was a budget cut.
Now it’s FDNY officers on light duty checking motorists’ identification. Pedestrians and bikers can walk right in.