Bomb threat causes evacuation of JCC of Mid-Westchester

Police say a bomb threat was called into the JCC of Mid-Westchester in Scarsdale today around 10:55 a.m.

Police say a bomb threat was called into the JCC of Mid-Westchester in Scarsdale today around 10:55 a.m. (2/27/17)

NEW ROCHELLE - Bomb threats targeted two Jewish community centers in the Hudson Valley Monday amid a national wave of threats to Jewish centers.

Police say a bomb threat was called in to the JCC of Mid-Westchester on Wilmot Road in Scarsdale around 10:55 a.m.

JCC officials evacuated the building, including just under 100 toddlers who were taken off site to an undisclosed safe location, while the Westchester Bomb Squad searched the facility and grounds. The all-clear was given by authorities just after 1 p.m.

Executive Director Karen Kolodny says they were well-prepared and immediately activated their recently rehearsed safety protocols to protect the 95 nursery school students in their care.

“The children were moved to an undisclosed safe location, people taken out of the pool in blankets, police brought in a mobile unit to keep everyone warm and dogs sniffed the building,” she says.

Earlier Monday, a bomb threat forced the evacuation the Jewish Community Center on the Hudson in Tarrytown. Nothing was found, and staff returned to the building.

There has been a rash of threats against dozens of JCCs across the country in the past month.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised swift action, ordering state police to join the FBI and New Rochelle Police Department in their investigation.

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