Message from the Commissioner

Message from the Commissioner

No mission is more important than keeping our residents safe. As the risks faced by New Yorkers have increased, local, state, and federal agencies, along with our private and not-for-profit sector partners, have expanded our collective capabilities to stay ahead of the growing threats. Two decades ago, 'homeland security' meant protecting each other from the threat of foreign terrorist organizations. Today's challenges are different: the Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that racially and ethnically motivated domestic violent extremism is the number one terrorist threat; we are coming off three years confronting a viral pandemic that has taken the lives of over 79,000 New Yorkers; the effects of climate change have made extreme weather events routine across the globe including here in New York; and experts continue to state it is a matter of when, not if, a major cyber attack happens. These threats are real. The disruption they cause and the effects they have on communities cannot be overstated. That’s why our work to secure and protect New Yorkers from their impacts is so critical.

These threats are real. The disruption they cause and the effects they have on communities cannot be overstated. That’s why our work to secure and protect New Yorkers from their impacts is so critical.

 

In this New York State Homeland Security Strategy for 2022-2025, you will find an analysis of the risks facing our state, including the threats that energize our work, and the vulnerabilities we are charged with mitigating. We lay out ten goals that will guide our efforts and include metrics with specific targets to hold ourselves accountable. An overview of our existing response capabilities is also provided. 

As your Commissioner of New York State's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES), it is my job to collaborate, coordinate, facilitate, and resource the missions of local agencies and partners who are on the frontlines protecting New Yorkers. I look forward to working with all of you to advance this strategy and to pursue our vision of a safe, prepared, and resilient New York State.

- Commissioner Jackie Bray