BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A death threat against embattled Buffalo developer and candidatefor Governor Carl Paladino prompted an evacuation in downtownBuffalo. Everyone was forced out of the Ellicott SquareBuilding.
Carl Paladino's Campaign Manager Michael Caputo said, "We had todo what we had to do to make sure everyone in the building wassafe."
The call came in at about 12:45 Tuesday afternoon to the officeof Ellicott Development, the company owned by Carl Paladino.
"Our receptionist took the call. She said that he threatenedCarl and the building, said Carl is a racist and then he claimed tobe from a black militant group," said Caputo.
It comes a day after Paladino made headlines for forwardingracially charged e-mails over the Internet to friends.
Paladino supporter Rus Thompson said, "What would spur a deaththreat? A comment that was put on an e-mail?"
"He's not gonna back down from his comments. He's not gonna letsomebody deter him with a bomb threat," said Caputo.
The bomb threat resulted in the full evacuation of the EllicottSquare Building, which Paladino also owns.
Jessica Jones, who works in the building, said, "A lotta peoplewere panicking. A lotta people left, actually."
The building employees spent more than a half hour outside whilea bomb sniffing dog searched the building, but found nothing.
"Hopefully, this situation won't impose on the work everyoneelse does in this building, specifically because he also does runhis campaign here too," said Mary Williams, who works in thebuilding.
Even the County's Democratic Committee staff is in the buildingand had to evacuate.
Erie County Democratic Chairman Len Lenihan said, "I mean, justrecently, bricks were thrown through the window of LouiseSlaughter's office in Niagara Falls and Rochester and then thisthreat here today. All of it is beneath the people of western NewYork."
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