According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, on the 1st of December 2023 at around 10:00am, Griffiss International Airport in Rome along with several other airports, schools, and religious centers throughout New York State received a bomb threat via e-mail.

Uniform Deputies along with members of the Sheriff‘s Office Criminal Investigation Unit, and K-9 members responded to the airport to investigate the reported threat. K-9 units from the Sheriff’s Office were assisted by K-9 Units from the Utica Police Department and the New York State Police. Members of the Rome Police Department also responded and assisted at the scene.

A complete search of the Airport was conducted and was found to be safe. At no point were any employees or members of the public in any danger.

“It is unfortunate that bad actors want to wreak havoc on our institutions, wasting critical resources that jeopardize the safety of our community and others throughout the state,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “While this threat at Griffiss was ultimately deemed not credible, we always take these incidents seriously and investigate them thoroughly. I want to thank Sheriff Maciol and his office for their good work today and always.”

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office will be working together with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies throughout New York to investigate these false threats.

Anyone with any information on these threats are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 315-736-0141.