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‘I don’t feel threatened’: Mayor Bloomberg responds to ricin letters sent to him

Posted: 10:41 PM, May 29, 2013
Updated: 2013-05-29 22:41:54-04

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he feels safe despite two threats.

Authorities said two anonymous letters were sent to him containing material believed to be the deadly poison ricin.

Police say one was sent to Bloomberg on Gold Street and one to the location that houses his gun control group in Washington.

The mayor says whoever did this can can be assured he’s not stopping his efforts for gun control. He won’t be intimidated.

The letters were opened on Gold Street on Friday and Washington, D.C. on Sunday, both according to police  indicated the presence of ricin.

Members of the NYPD  Emergency Service Unit who came in contact with the letter opened at the city’s mail facility are being examined for minor symptoms of ricin exposure that they experienced over the weekend. Police say besides the indication of the  deadly poison the letters contained threats against the Mayor speaking specifically of the gun debate.

In just the last few weeks, President Obama and other government officials have received ricin letters.  A man was arrested in Mississippi on suspicion of mailing those letters.

In a statement, Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said:

“Anonymous threats to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in letters opened in New York City on Friday and by the director of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Washington, DC on Sunday contained material that when tested locally, preliminarily indicated the presence of ricin. Tests on the letter opened in  New York also preliminarily indicated the presence of ricin in testing today at the National Bioforensic Analysis Center in Maryland. The writer, in letters, threatened Mayor Bloomberg, with references to the debate on gun laws. Civilian personnel in New York and Washington who came in contact with the opened letters remain asymptomatic. However, members of the NYPD  Emergency Service Unit who came in contact with the letter that was opened at the city’s mail facility on Gold Street in Manhattan on Friday are being examined for minor symptoms of ricin exposure that they experienced on Saturday but which have since abated. The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and the NYPD Intelligence Division, which is responsible for the Mayor’s protection, are investigating the threats.”