SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – The Syracuse Police Department is continuing its regular patrols and is working closely with the Jewish, after bomb threats were sent on February 23 to Jewish Community Centers. 18 emails threatening the attacks were sent to different Jewish Community Centers across the state.
Syracuse Police Department Spokesman Sgt. Mike Malinowski said the department will remain on high alert but there are no threats to community safety.
“I do not know of any active threats at this current time.” Malinowski said, “But we work in close collaborations with that religious community and others.”
The Jewish Community Center of Syracuse does have procedures in place in case of such an event, but was not apart of the 18 threats sent out on February 23.
New York state has the largest Jewish population in the country, with over 1.7 million people living in the state. At a Jewish Community Center in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo said these events show anti-Semitism is only getting worse.
Hate crimes against those in Jewish communities caused the New York State Senate to propose new legislation last month. The bill would increase education and create campaigns to combat hate crimes like anti-Semitism.