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Six female state legislators reportedly receive death threats

ALBANY – A half-dozen female members of the State Legislature have received death threats in the last month that are being investigated by the State Police and FBI, one of those receiving the threats said Monday.

“It is what it is,” said Assemblywoman Jane L. Corwin, R-Clarence, who received two death threat letters that she said law enforcement believes are from the same person.

The letters, according to a second lawmaker who received the threats, were sent from New York City and accuse the legislators of being racist. There was no other theme to the threats pertaining to any specific subject.

Sen. Catharine M. Young, R-Olean, also got the death threats, she confirmed without elaborating.

Extra presence of State Police was obvious late Monday afternoon around the Assembly Chamber, and Corwin said one of the investigators assigned to the case was among those in and around the Assembly’s third-floor hallways and Chamber.

Corwin said the threats were sent to her Albany office.

“They talk about assassinating us. … Some of the comments call us racists and KKK and using some pretty bad language,” Corwin said.