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Security tightened at Rensselaer train station

Posted at: 04/23/2013 6:06 PM
By: Beth Wurtmann

RENSSELAER -
SOT "It's insanity, completely craziness. They're insane," said Saverio Minucca, a rail traveler from Loudonville.

That was his reaction, when we told him about an Al-Qaida backed terror plot that police said they foiled in Canada. Two men were arrested for allegedly planning to attack a Canadian train bound from Toronto to New York City.

"It's been a bad last week and a half hasn't it, in terms of the news and all. It's all scary stuff but life goes on," said Margaret Morrison, a train passenger from Westchester.

On Tuesday, TSA agents searched all bags and luggage at the Rensselaer train station, while police with the Division of Homeland Security stood by. It came as CDTA stepped up its own security there, following the Boston marathon bombings.

"Everyone of these frightens me. Everyone of these leaves me asking the question: 'are we doing enough?' And I rest safely knowing that people we've employed with CDTA and the people we work with are doing the best job they possibly can," said Carm Basile, CEO.

In the Canadian case, it's not clear if the targeted train would have gone through Rensselaer. But passengers said the bag check is reassuring.

"There's nothing you can do about it so if you can't do anything about it, you do the least you can to prepare for whatever, like this security stuff, and that makes us feel safe," said Barbara Thomas, a passenger from Manhattan.

"I'm glad they're here now protecting us. Tough times and you've gotta be careful I guess. All the precautions are necessary," added Minucca.

A TSA employee told NewsChannel 13 they plan to be in Rensselaer periodically so baggage checks at the train station may not happen every day.

But TSA won't announce them ahead of time, for security reasons.