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UPDATE: NY Rep receives threatening letter


NEW YORK (Reuters/KWWL/CNN/WNBC) - The office of Representative Anthony Weiner received a letter that "could be interpreted as threatening," the FBI said on Thursday, and local media reported the letter contained an unidentified white powder.

Authorities were responding to the office of the Democratic Congressman in the New York City borough of Queens, and no other details were immediately available, said FBI spokesman Richard Kolko.

Representative Weiner released the following statement:

"Earlier today an envelope containing white powder and a threatening letter was delivered to my community office in Kew Gardens. The NYPD was immediately alerted and have responded appropriately by sending a Haz-Mat team. Any questions related to their response should be directed to the NYPD. My first priority is the safety of my staff and neighbors, and the authorities are currently taking steps to investigate and resolve the situation."

According to WNBC, law enforcement officials say a package with white powder was sent to Congressman Weiner's Queens office Thursday. 

A preliminary review shows the letter in part complained about the historic health care legislation passed by Congress this week, according to the source.

WNBC went on to report Weiner's office is on the fifth floor of a building on Kew Gardens Road in Queens. Law enforcement officials a doctor's office and a law office on the floor were among those evacuated as a precaution.  

The NYPD, the FBI and other emergency management officials are at the scene as a precaution, spokesmen for the agencies say.

The FBI said on Wednesday it was investigating threats made against House Democratic leaders during the weekend's health-care reform voting. Weiner voted in favor of the legislation.

Bricks were tossed through the windows of one member's office, another lawmaker was spat at by a protester on Capitol Hill, and another was the target of a racial slur.

Online News Director: Nate Leding

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