Last Thursday morning, the Brooklyn Jewish children’s museum was evacuated after a bomb threat was sent to the institution via email. The museum, located at 792 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights was messaged received the cryptic missive at 9:30 am Thursday.
Deputy Commissioner John J. Miller referred to the anonymous person that posted the threat as “your typical coward”.
Miller made a statement to CBS immediately after the threat describing perpetrators that typically commit such acts. “They hide in the shadows, they work from a distance and their goal is to instill fear. And doing that behind the shadows shows they’re not willing to come out and confront whatever the issue is.”
Miller and his team have posited that while one main offender is responsible for perpetrating a string of similar anti-Semitic offenses throughout the city, that there are also a string of copy cats that are mimicking the main perpetrator.
The offender is using technology that makes it appear that his location is proximate to the area that he is threatening and he also uses voice masking technology to make him sound feminine.
Anti-Semitic incidents would not have their proper place in local politics without politicians flocking to make their statements on the matter. Thursday’s incident was no exception as both Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Mario Cuomo flocked to the scene in order to save the day and perhaps solidify their rank among Jewish voters as they head into the upcoming election cycle.
The New York Post went as far as to label their urgent reaction to the unfolding events as a ‘feud’. Governor Cuomo was first to arrive at the site of the bomb scare and stated that State cops would get find the fear mongering perpetrator responsible. He arrived at the museum at 11:45 a.m., in spite of the boogeyman like claim made by the offender that there were three pipe bombs in the building that were ready to explode. His prompt appearance was a true work of happenstance as the governor was giving a speech on affordable housing at Medgar Evers College nearby.
De Blasio arrived at the scene at 12:41 p.m., well after most of the cops departed from the scene.
Cuomo used the scare to tout his newly developed State task force that was developed in order to resolve hate crimes of this magnitude. This is a direct affront to De Blasio, as comparable hate crimes are normally handled by the NYPD.
Cuomo said on the scene “I want to warn the people who are behind these when we find you-and we will find you-you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
The mayor promised to stage NYPD officers outside of the museum in the aftermath of the scare.
The battle of egos is not relegated to this incident alone, in December, Cuomo pledged to double the number of State troopers in NYC to combat terrorism. De Blasio responded to the favor by stating that NYC is not in need of any policing help.
By: Natasha Spyer