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State lawmakers receiving death threats from State worker

April 2, 2011
Police are investigating after lawmakers received threatening emails.
Getty -Police are investigating after lawmakers received threatening emails.

ALBANY – Lawmakers and others at the state Capitol were targeted Friday with threatening emails.

“We’re treating it seriously, but there is no evidence of any credible threat,” said State Police Lt. Glenn Miner.

The email subject line was dubbed “Time to kill.”

“At this point, I don’t care what happens with the New York State budget. My group is going to do everything possible to provoke terrorist attacks on New York by al-Qaida, and by Tea Party nut cases,” it says.

“At first I thought I might pull out a gun at my State office and kill a bunch of these dummies that I work with. But I doubt that would provide me with the satisfaction I am looking for,” it continues. “Understand with whom you are dealing. I am not crazy. I am a terrorist. I stand for all of the people who don’t have a voice. Truly, I hope the Governor harms and enrages a great many people. They will supply soldiers for my war.”

Assembly Democratic Speaker Sheldon Silver said he received an email that openly talked of pending violence against lawmakers, the media and the rich.

Senate GOP Majority Leader Dean Skelos also received the email – and referred it to the state police “within minutes,” said a spokesman.

The angry pro-anarchy rant mentions Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman who was the target of a recent assassination attempt that left her seriously injured.

The author, who also invokes Al Qaeda, claims to be a state worker.
Silver said he is aware of several other Assembly members having received the email.

The powerful speaker said he’s been in touch with the state police and said they will be “covering the Legislative Office Building.”

“I’m treating it as real,” Silver said when asked if it could be an April 1 prank.

Miner described the situation as “a well planned mass email expressing displeasure with the state budget process.”

April 1, 2011, 2:45 pm

State Police Investigating E-Mail to Lawmakers
By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE

Updated, 4:24 p.m. | ALBANY — The State Police are investigating a threatening e-mail sent to several state lawmakers on Friday that promised violent attacks on state officials, schoolchildren and journalists.

The message, with the subject line “Time to Kill,” was sent early Friday morning to a public e-mail address for Assemblyman William Colton, a Brooklyn Democrat. It makes references to the recently passed state budget and attacks on labor unions while criticizing those who protested the budget in the Capitol this week as weak and ineffective.

“At first I thought I might pull out a gun at my state office and kill a bunch of these dummies that I work with,” reads the message, signed as John Doe. “But I doubt that would provide me with the satisfaction I am looking for. Understand with whom you are dealing. I am not crazy. I am a terrorist. I stand for all of the people who don’t have a voice.”

Though the message arrived on April 1, there was no indication that it was sent in jest.

“The New York State Police, Troop G, Loudonville and the New York State Police Computer Crimes Unit are currently investigating multiple complaints of threatening e-mails received by local and state politicians (NYS Legislature) this date,” said Lt. Glenn Miner, a spokesman for the State Police, in a statement. “The e-mails are similar in content. Due to the sensitive nature of this investigation, no other comments or details will be released at this time.”

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