Bloomberg Says He’s More Worried About Lightning Strikes Than Ricin

Mayor Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)

Last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his national gun control advocacy organization received two threatening letters laced with the deadly agent ricin. Many mayors would be rattled by this, but Mr. Bloomberg said today that he actually feels more threatened by random lightning strikes.

“I trust the police department and I feel perfectly safe,” he said during his weekly WOR radio show with John Gambling. “I’ve got more danger from lightning than from anything else. And I’ll go about my business.”

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Bloomberg Says He’s Not Angry After Ricin Letters

Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Elsa/Getty Images)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Elsa/Getty Images)

Despite being targeted by what police say were a pair of ricin-laced letters decrying his fight against illegal guns, Mayor Michael Bloomberg remained cool as a cucumber last night, saying he didn’t feel threatened or angered by the alleged attacks.

“Well, there was a letter that threatened us, but let me tell you, we are–number one–I have enormous confidence in the NYPD and the FBI and their procedures,” he told reporters outside the Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue’s spring celebration gala at Gotham Hall, according to a transcript of the remarks.

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Threatening Letters With Ricin Sent to Mayor Bloomberg

Mayor Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)

Letters containing a substance that tested positive for ricin have been sent to both Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the head of his gun control advocacy organization, the New York Police Department announced this evening.

“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,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told Politicker in a statement. Continue reading “Threatening Letters With Ricin Sent to Mayor Bloomberg”