Cuomo Criticized Over Handling Of Hoax Times Square Bomb Threat

Marla Diamond
November 25, 2019 - 10:37 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo and City Hall were at odds over the handling of an online bomb threat against Times Square over the weekend that turned out to be a hoax.

The bomb threat targeting minorities popped up early Sunday on a Reddit chat forum for Bronx residents.

The NYPD quickly determined it was a hoax, but that didn't stop Cuomo from releasing a statement calling for an increased police presence in the popular tourist destination and an investigation.

"The bomb threat made against Times Square is a despicable and cowardly act meant to instill fear and panic in our community, and New Yorkers will not tolerate these scare tactics," Cuomo said in the statement. "I am directing the New York State Police to coordinate with local and federal partners to launch a full-scale investigation into this incident. There is no indication that this threat is credible, but with that said, state police will be on the ground working with NYPD and partners to step up patrols in the area during the day."

An hour after the governor's statement, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has had his differences with the governor, took to Twitter to remind New Yorkers that the NYPD always maintains a strong security presence in Times Square and that the threat was not credible.

A police source tells the New York Post the governor never actually spoke with the NYPD before making his declaration, adding, "Cuomo is always looking for attention, especially when it involves the city."