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Police: Threat in note led to morning Schenectady evacuations

Police: Threat in note led to morning Schenectady evacuations

County office complex and City Hall affected
Police: Threat in note led to morning Schenectady evacuations
Schenectady County law enforcement are on the scene outside the county complex.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

The Schenectady County office complex and Schenectady City Hall were evacuated this morning in the wake of what police called a vague bomb threat.

The threat came in the form of a note found just after 9 a.m. outside the county building on the Veeder Avenue side, police said.

The note contained a vague threat against a city building. 

Police searched the buildings, found nothing and then reopened them and the surrounding roads, police said. 

Workers were let back in to the county buildings at about 11:30 a.m., employees said. 

The streets around the Schenectady County office buildings were closed to traffic and county employees were evacuated away from the complex. The area around City Hall was similarly shut off to traffic and pedestrians. At least one police K-9 could be seen at City Hall.

The main branch of the Schenectady County Library also was evacuated due to an "emergency situation," according to a post on the library's Twitter page.

Mayor Gary McCarthy and several police officers were seen entering City Hall shortly after 10 a.m. as other officers searched the perimeter of the building. A K-9 unit was also seen inspecting City Hall. 

The incident remained under investigation Tuesday afternoon, police said.

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