The bomb threat against the Brighton Jewish Community Center was the second threat in less than a week.
The Jewish Community Center in Brighton reopened Sunday afternoon after being shut down earlier for a reported bomb threat.
The JCC reopened at 3 p.m. and will also continue serving as a warming center. There will be a police presence throughout the evening, and the FBI is reportedly investigating this incident.
A press conference was held where information was given out by the Brighton town supervisor, Brighton Police, and the director of the JCC.
They say about 300 people were inside the JCC when the threat came in. The State Police, FBI, and Brighton Police all conducted a joint operation and cleared the center. They also said that several Jewish Community Centers across the country got a threat at the same time that the Brighton JCC did.
Brighton Police Chief Mark Henderson sent out information earlier in a tweet, saying that JCC Rochester had been closed due to a bomb threat.
Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement in regards to the alleged bomb threat, stating:
"The new bomb threat against the Brighton Jewish Community Center — the second threat in less than a week — is a despicable and cowardly act that will not be tolerated in New York. It is especially repugnant that this latest act of anti-Semitism took place on Purim, a day that we celebrate the resiliency of the Jewish people.
"I am directing the New York State Police to coordinate with federal and local law enforcement to launch a full investigation into this matter. State Police are currently on the scene and working in partnership with local authorities, including the Brighton Police Department. We will find whoever is responsible for this and bring them to justice.
"Like all New Yorkers, I am profoundly disturbed and disgusted by the continued threats against the Jewish community in New York. As New Yorkers, we will not be intimidated and we will not stand by silently as some seek to sow hate and division. New York is one family, and an attack on one is an attack on all."
Below is a statement from Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren:
"Today’s bomb threat at the Jewish Community Center was nothing more than an act of cowardice that will serve only to bring our community closer together. The Rochester community is well known for its tolerant and generous spirit, and these hate crimes will not diminish that. Indeed, this spirit was demonstrated just this week by the members of JCC when they opened their doors to the community after the wind storm. To all who seek to divide us with fear, I can only tell you that your cowardly attempts are utterly failing. Our citizens will stand together against hate. We will support each other with love."