Updated 05/25/2009 10:53 AM
Federal, State Officials Address Safety Concerns In Wake Of Alleged Terror Plot
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As more details emerge about the four men behind the alleged bomb plot in the Bronx, the state's Office of Homeland Security held an emergency meeting Sunday in Brooklyn to address safety and security concerns with community leaders.
State Senator Eric Adams joined the state's Homeland Security director in Borough Park to assure Jewish community leaders the state is doing everything it can to ensure their safety.
"We are not going to localize our concern, we are going to protect the entire State of New York," Adams said. "New York State is the target for those who want to hurt this country and we have the best team possible protecting the state at this time."
"We were definitely reassured that all government agencies, law enforcement agencies are focused on the threats that we face. They're taking all the precautionary measures to assure the security of our community," said Gan Yisroel Director Rabbi Aron Ginsberg.
Meanwhile, a woman who identifies herself as the girlfriend of the alleged ringleader, James Cromitie, is speaking out.
In an interview with the New York Post, Kathleen Baynes says the alleged FBI informant gave the men money, gifts and marijuana.
She tells the paper Cromitie met the informant, known as Maqsood, at a mosque in Newburgh a year ago and promised to teach him about Islam.
The girlfriend of David Williams', Cromitie's conspirator, tells the Post the men are not terrorists and that they were lured into the plot with money.
Cromitie, Williams and the other men charged in the case, Onta Williams and LaGuerre Payen, are in jail.
They're due back in court next month.
They were arrested after authorities say they planted what they thought were explosives outside Riverdale Temple and nearby Riverdale Jewish Center.