Police: Bomb threat made at Jewish Children’s Museum unfounded
Police say a bomb threat made against the Jewish Children's Museum in Crown Heights Thursday morning was unfounded.
The museum's executive director, Rabbi Yerachmiel Benjaminson, said officials received an email claiming that there were three bombs in the building at the corner of Eastern Parkway and Kingston Avenue around 8:35 a.m.
Authorities say no children were inside at the time.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was already in Brooklyn for an unrelated event, addressed the press outside the museum around 11:30 a.m. to condemn the threat. Mayor Bill de Blasio also visited the museum and tweeted that New York City stands united against hate.
The governor said he has put together a special unit of state police troopers to investigate. He added that his office is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in the incident.
Cuomo also pledged to provide more funding for security at cultural centers and schools across the state that may be prone to an attack.
Thursday's threat is among more than 130 bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the country since the start of the new year.
"The Jewish Children's Museum thanks the NYPD for their continuous protection and their ongoing work to find the source of the threat and eliminate such acts of hatred, as well as the outpouring of support from our friends and the general public," the museum said in a statement.
The museum reopened for business for the rest of the day.
The Jewish Children's Museum is the largest such museum in the United States. It was established after a Jewish man's murder in a hate crime on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1994.
"I look at the kids that come to this museum, and they're my kids now," said Devorah Halberstam, whose son was the victim in that crime. "I believe my son's spirit lives on in this museum, so to have this happen to us is so horrible."