Monday, February 24, 2020

Albany Jewish community center evacuated after bomb threat 

Police evacuated an Albany, N.Y., Jewish Community Center (JCC) Sunday after it received an emailed bomb threat, authorities said.

Albany and New York State police cleared the building Sunday morning and determined there were no devices inside the facility or its adjoining day care center, News10 reported.

Several other people with JCC emails also received emailed threats, officials said, although it was unclear whether they were all affiliated specifically with the Albany branch. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) tweeted Sunday that "multiple Jewish Community Centers across NY" received threats.

Cuomo said Sunday that about 42 anti-Semitic incidents have been reported throughout the state in recent months.

"This was a terrible unfortunate incident but it in no way reflects how people feel about the Jewish community in the capital district or in this state," Cuomo said.

In a Facebook post, the Albany JCC said the facility will remain closed for the remainder of the day.

In late December, a man stabbed and wounded several people at a Hanukkah celebration at the home of a Hasidic rabbi in Monsey, N.Y., in what Cuomo called "an act of domestic terrorism."


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