Cuomo Tours Recently Threatened JCC, Issues $5K Reward for Information

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will visit the Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center, one of many JCC's around the country that have been targeted with bomb threats since January.

Chaskin said the bomb threats allowed him and his staff to practice their security procedures at a "live drill", receive feedback from police, make changes and practice it all again during a second unexpected drill.

"We've seen it in Tarrytown, Staten Island, Manhattan, Syracuse, New Rochelle, Buffalo, and Plainview on Long Island", he said.

"They should be taking it seriously, we're living in troubled times, there's certainly all of the bomb threats to the JCC's and Jewish day schools, many of which are in NY".

"This order sends the message that this state will do everything in its power to end this hateful, intolerant campaign", the governor said.

"I don't think there's anything worse than racist activity and bigoted activity targeting our children", he said.

Cuomo said he would like to every governor in the nation sign similar executive orders against BDS. "And the operating principle is that we open our arms and we embrace all".

"But I also want to assure the Jewish community that the people of the state of NY speak with one voice in condemning this activity", he said. Also the state has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to a prosecution.

Cuomo also is proposing $25 million in the proposed state budget to religious schools and centers to boost security. The Jewish community is very important to NY. "And I'm confident that we will find the people behind this illegality and ugliness".

"The Jewish community is an integral part of NY, we have the largest Jewish population outside of Israel", he said.

  • Leroy Wright