Workers on Thursday installed concrete barriers on State Street, one of two narrow avenues adjoining the state Capitol building, sealing it off from vehicle traffic.
The barriers are the latest effort to tighten security at the state Capitol building in Albany, a day after a violent protest and rioting at the U.S. Capitol by a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump.
State Street between South Swan Street and Eagle Street are now closed.
"Given recent events in Washington and across the country, State Police has, out of an abundance of caution, taken steps to harden security in and around the State Capitol," said State Police spokesman Beau Duffy. "These restrictions are in place until further notice."
State Police, meanwhile, are investigating a stabbing incident that occurred outside of the Capitol building on Wednesday around the same time supporters of the president had gathered at a park on the Capitol's grounds. One person has been arrested.
The New York Capitol building has been closed to the public since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Capitol building in Albany itself is no stranger to protests and demonstrations as well as arrests of those who participate in them. State lawmakers were unsettled by a protest of anti-vaccine demonstrators in 2019 and a demonstration by housing advocates that same year also led to dozens of arrests by police.
When the building is open, visitors, ranging from lobbyists to school children, are required to pass through metal detectors and have their bags inspected by security guards. Some screening procedures have varied in recent years to include people taking off their shoes, similar to airport security, before entering.