In the wake of violence that erupted during protests over the death of George Floyd, New York State will deploy additional State Police troopers to several New York cities, including Buffalo.

“We expect additional protests tonight, and we’re preparing for such,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday during his daily coronavirus briefing, which included comments about Floyd and the reaction to his death.

Cuomo said the state will deploy 200 state troopers to Rochester.

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“There are actually a few other cities that we’re talking with about some protection for tonight,” Melissa DeRosa, secretary to the governor, added. “In Buffalo, we’re going to be deploying 150 troopers, and then we’re working with Syracuse and Albany.

“They’re still figuring out what they think that they need to harden their infrastructure, but as the governor said, we’ve been communicating with the county executives and with the mayors all morning and whatever they need, they’ll get,” she said.

Cuomo said the National Guard also will be on standby in case local police need assistance.

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