Newark boosts security after threat against mayor, official says

By Noah Cohen | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on January 02, 2016

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka at work in his city hall office in Newark,

 

NEWARK — Authorities were investigating threats made against Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and city facilities, the mayor's spokeswoman said Saturday

"The City of Newark is temporarily continuing holiday security precautions in and around City Hall because of a threat to city facilities and the life of the Mayor," Press Secretary Marjorie Harris said in a statement.

Baraka discovered two threatening letters this weekend at his mother's home, Harris said. The letters were dated in October.

Essex County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly said the prosecutor's office was supporting Newark police in the probe. He declined further comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

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