Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said Friday that patrols are being stepped up around the local office of U.S. Rep. Andrew Garbarino after a retired Long Island Rail Road worker allegedly phoned in a threat to kill the congressman because of the elected official’s vote in favor of an infrastructure bill. Defendant Kenneth Gasper, 64, of Lake Ronkonkoma, surrendered to police Wednesday evening before he pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor aggravated harassment charge at his arraignment Thursday.
John Ray, a lawyer for Gasper, said in a statement later Friday that his client was a “grandfather with a spotless record” who hadn’t threatened the congressman. “Ken is an ordinary American who was offended when politician Garbarino became an overnight Democratic and voted, in Ken’s view, to wreck our country. He conveyed his chagrin to an unseasoned telephone aide in Mr. Garbarino’s office. Ken never made any threat,” the Miller Place lawyer added.
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Kenneth Gasper said he would kill Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-N.Y.) if he saw him, according to a criminal complaint. https://t.co/511ppVOTrj
— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) November 13, 2021
“‘It’s amazing people want to kill me over paving roads and clean water,’ Garbarino told BuzzFeed News.
The congressman is one of 13 House Republicans whose office phone numbers were publicized by their Republican colleague, Marjorie Taylor Greene” https://t.co/2iYqrEjYU4
— Clarissa-Jan Lim (@clarissajanlim) November 12, 2021