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Cuomo says suspicious mailing at his office not a threat

Gov. Andrew Cuomo now says a suspicious device was mailed to his offices in New York City was not part of the spate of bombs or bomb-like devices delivered Wednesday to the homes  of former Presidents Clinton and Obama and CNN.

A spokesman for Cuomo, Rich Azzopardi, said the package sent to his office turned out to be computer files on the white nationalist group, The Proud Boys, who recently appeared at New York’s Metropolitan Republican club. The mailing is not related to the other apparent pipe bombs sent to six other locations.

Cuomo, along with New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio, appeared at a news conference and called the mailings an act of terror. They urged New Yorkers to go about their business and not to give in to fears created by what Cuomo called “terrorist thugs.”

“Terrorism only works if you let it work,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo and de Blasio did not mention President Trump by name or his recent rhetoric at political rallies, but said all politicians need to refrain from language that incites violence, and that needs to start at the top.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. WBFO listeners are accustomed to hearing DeWitt’s insightful coverage throughout the day, including expanded reports on Morning Edition.
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