By Rick Pezzullo
A bomb threat was called into the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on the Hudson facility in Tarrytown Monday morning, prompting the center to be evacuated for about two hours.
Tarrytown Police and the Westchester County Police bomb squad responded shortly after the threat was received at approximately 9:10 a.m. The building was deemed safe at about 11 a.m.
The threat was one of a handful made in the region Monday morning to JCCs. Over the last two months, more than 50 JCCs in 26 states have received bomb threats, according to the JCC Association of North America.
Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (Westchester/Rockland), the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, reacted to the bomb threat made against the JCC.
“My office has been in contact with local police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to offer all necessary support to the ongoing investigation and to bring the criminals responsible for this horrifying act of terrorism to justice,” Lowey stated.“We will not allow hatred, bigotry, or anti-Semitic violence to terrorize our families or our community.”
Westchester County Legislator Alfreda Williams (D-Greenburgh) said a threat was also made to a JCC in New Rochelle.
“This morning’s news of bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers in Westchester is both wicked and devastating. In recent weeks, our country has seen a rash of hate-fueled acts of cowardice directed toward our Jewish friends, and this time it is occurring in our own backyard,” Williams said. “We must not tolerate this blatant hatred in our County and we as leaders have a responsibility to stand up and denounce these actions. I call on the Westchester Human Rights commission to step up efforts in educating the public about these senseless acts of violence and to promote a message of unity and tolerance for all of our neighbors. There is no place for this hate in Westchester.”