JCC Of Mid-Westchester Forced To Evacuate Following Bomb Threat

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A pair of Hudson Valley Jewish community centers were among several throughout the country that were forced to evacuate on Monday following bomb threats.

The JCC of Mid-Westchester was the second Hudson Valley community center targeted on Monday.
The JCC of Mid-Westchester was the second Hudson Valley community center targeted on Monday. Photo Credit: JCC of Mid-Westchester

Shortly after 9 a.m. on Monday, the Jewish Community Center on the Hudson was evacuated in Tarrytown, when a bomb threat was made, Police Lt. John Barbalet said. Hours later, at approximately 11 a.m., the JCC of Mid-Westchester on the New Rochelle-Scarsdale town line was evacuated for a similar threat, police confirmed.

No injuries have been reported in either incident. Investigations are ongoing.

These bomb threats are the latest in a string across the country that has dated back to last month, according to the JCC Association of North America.

Over the course of four dates in January and February, 53 JCCs in 26 states and one Canadian province received a total of 68 phoned-in calls. All proved to be hoaxes, and all JCCs quickly returned to regular operations, the release said.

Last week, U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida and U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley of New York released a letter signed by more than 150 members of Congress and endorsed by several dozen Jewish organizations, including JCC Association of North America, calling on federal agencies to take swift action to address the bomb threats that have been phoned into Jewish community centers in recent weeks.

Congresswoman Nita Lowey released a statement regarding Monday's event saying that her office had been contact with police and the FBI to offer support.

"We will not allow hatred, bigotry, or anti-Semitic violence to terrorize our families or our community," Lowey said.

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