Dead animal, brick with a name left at congressman's house

Oct 26, 2020

Southern Tier Rep. Tom Reed said he and his family were threatened with a dead animal and a brick bearing a family member’s name at his home Friday.

The brick and the animal were found at the Republican's house after 10:30 a.m., according to the Corning Police Department, which said it was working with state police and federal agencies to investigate.

Neither Reed nor police specified what kind of animal it was or provided other details.

“The cowards used a dead animal and a brick with a family member’s name on it to try to intimidate us,” Reed said in a statement released by his office. “We assure everyone such threats only energize us to stand stronger.”

Reed represents New York’s 23rd Congressional District, which covers a large swath of the state north of the Pennsylvania border. He faces Democrat Tracy Mitrano in the Nov. 3 election.