New York - Man indicted for allegedly threatening to kill Paterson

A Brooklyn man was arraigned in Albany County Court today on allegations he sent an e-mail from another person's account threatening to shoot and kill Gov. David Paterson in April.

Amir Syed Rizvi, 36, who identified himself as an employee of Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, allegedly sent the chilling threat from the Brooklyn Public Library just before 10:30 a.m. on April 3.

Court papers allege Rizvi used his estranged wife's name, address and e-mail address to send the e-mail to the state website --

"Gov. Paterson I hope they take you out of office if they don't I will kill you and shoot your blind black self," Rizvi wrote in an e-mail, according to an arrest report filed in Albany City Court. "Everyone should get you but I will make sure that the bullet hits you."

Rizvi allegedly sent the e-mail "to New York state Gov. David Paterson threatening to shoot the governor and kill him," the indictment said.

Rizvi was charged with making a terroristic threat, a violent felony offense that carries up to seven years in state prison. He was also charged with first-degree identity theft, a felony that can carry up to the same sentence.

Court papers said the threat to commit second-degree murder caused a "reasonable expectation of fear of the imminent commission of such offense."

Rizvi, who appeared before Judge Stephen Herrick today in an Albany County jail outfit, was balding and had partially gray hair, appearing older than his listed age.

He was being sent for a mental health examination, officials said.

In the meantime, he was being held in the Albany County jail without bail.

A spokesperson for Paterson could not be immediately reached.

Albany Times Union


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