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 thgrowinthreatsTwdecadeago, 'homeland security' meant protecting each other from the threat of foreign terrorist organizations. Today's challengeardifferentthFederaBureaof Investigation reports that racially and ethnically motivated domestic violent extremism is the number one terrorist threat; we are coming off two years confronting a viral pandemic that has taken the lives of over 67,00New Yorkersthe effects of climate changhavmade 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 majocyber attack happens. Thesthreats arrealThe disruptiothey causanthe effects they have on communities cannot be overstated. Thats why our work to secure and protect New Yorkers from their impacts is so critical.

Thesthreats arrealThe disruptiothey causanthe effects they have on communities cannot be overstated. Thats 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 specifitargetto hold ourselves accountable. An overview of our existing response capabilities is also provided. 

As your Commissioner of New York State's Division of Homeland SecuritanEmergencService(DHSES)iis my job to collaborate, coordinate, facilitate, and resource the missions of local agencies and partners who are on the frontlineprotectinNeYorkers. I looforwarto 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