BY JON CRONIN
Robert Holden, a candidate for City Council District 30’s Democratic primary, announced in front of his Middle Village home on Tuesday that he’d received a hand-written bomb threat on a campaign flyer supporting his primary opponent—Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale).
Holden said that a silver minivan pulled into his driveway at 5 p.m. on Aug. 26 and a bald man got out. He did not get a good look at the man, who quickly pulled out of the driveway and sped down the street. Holden then found a flyer in his mailbox.
A scribbled note on the flyer read, “Take my kid’s scooter and I’ll blow your car up! I don’t care how many cops you know!”
The threat referred to a quote by Holden in a 2003 New York Times article, in which he expressed frustration about children riding motorized scooters through his neighborhood.
He said that he and campaign members were easily able to identify the blacked-out name to whom the flyer was mailed.
Holden called the police and looked at mug shots at the 104th Precinct. Police told him that the name attached to the flyer has a mug shot and arrest history, but no arrests have been made.
The flyer featured an image of Grandpa Simpson—from the TV show The Simpsons. On the flyer, Holden was referred to as “Block Angry Bob.”
“Liz Crowley’s use of hateful personal attacks, including ageism, to try to discredit me should have no place in New York politics,” Holden said. “This must be condemned by city and state Democratic Party leaders, especially Gov. Andrew Cuomo.”
Crowley released a statement in response to the threat.
“My campaign condemns any statement or action encouraging or threatening violence,” Crowley said. “Our mailer highlights a quote that came directly from Bob Holden and demonstrates the anger he provokes among his neighbors. We’ll have no further comment, and trust that the hard-working men and women of the NYPD will treat this situation appropriately.”