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Suspicious envelope mailed to Schenectady DA prompts emergency response

Schenectady firefighters Lt. T.J. Dercole, left, Courtney Breslin, center, and Lt. Brian Heaney walk out of the Schenectady County Courthouse on Wednesday. Heaney is seen carrying a container containing a suspicious letter that was sent to the District Attorney's office.
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Schenectady firefighters Lt. T.J. Dercole, left, Courtney Breslin, center, and Lt. Brian Heaney walk out of the Schenectady County Courthouse on Wednesday. Heaney is seen carrying a container containing a suspicious letter that was sent to the District Attorney's office.

SCHENECTADY — Emergency personnel responded to the Schenectady County Judicial Building on State Street Wednesday after a suspicious envelope containing a powdery substance was received by the county’s district attorney’s office. 

The incident comes on the heels of the discovery of a similar envelope mailed to the same office last week containing what was later determined to be pool chemicals, according to Joanne Mann, deputy district administrator for the state’s 4th Circuit Administrative Office.

“When receiving this similar letter today, the District Attorney’s Office immediately notified the County Sheriff who dispatched appropriate personnel to the scene,” Mann said in an email. “The area was cleared, secured and ultimately determined not to pose a serious health or safety risk to staff.”

Mann referred additional comment to the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office, which did not respond to multiple requests seeking additional information.

It’s unclear if the two envelopes were sent by the same individual or who they were addressed to.

District Attorney Robert Carney did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Contact reporter Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.

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