Security Increases for Some Lawmakers Following Arizona Shootings

January 10, 2011 Updated Jan 10, 2011 at 7:15 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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January 10, 2011 Updated Jan 10, 2011 at 7:15 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - In wake of the tragic shootings in Arizona, some of our local lawmakers are seeing added security outside their offices. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster announced an increase in security at Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's office on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls. Congresswoman Slaughter's office fell fell victim to vandalism and threatening phone calls in March, the same time Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' office experienced a similar attack. Giffords was shot in the head Saturday while meeting with constituents in Tucson, Arizona.

"We're not going to take any chances," said Dyster. "We will not tolerate violence of any kind in our city, including political terrorism of the right or left, nor will we ever allow anyone to intimidate any citizen wishing to visit the Congresswoman's office."

Monday Giffords was listed in critical condition and is recovering from her severe brain injury. United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said Congresswoman Giffords is a 'dear friend' and an 'exceptional public servant'. Gillibrand says despite the tragedy she will continue meeting with her constituents.

"Meeting with constituents is one of the primary aspects of our job and we will continue to do so," said Gillibrand. "I'm sure there will be a debate with added security but neither Congressman Brian Higgins of myself intend to stop talking to our constituents. This is what we do."