NY Candidate's Quaker Faith Prompts Threatening Online Posts

Jul 14, 2016

U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, Olive Niccoli, Sara Niccoli and NY State Senator Neil Breslin at her March 2016 campaign kick-off in Guilderland, NY
Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York State Police have been asked to investigate threatening online comments directed at state Senate candidate Sara Niccoli, whose Quaker faith prohibits her from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Niccoli, a Democrat and the town supervisor of Palatine, says Wednesday that she believes the attacks were orchestrated by her opponent, Republican. Sen. George Amedore. Amedore denies any responsibility.

The comments about Niccoli, including calls for her death, were posted on a Facebook page that criticized her refusal to say the pledge. The page has since been deleted.

Two Palatine Town Boardmembers wrote to State Police Tuesday seeking an investigation into what they called "hateful" attacks on Niccoli and her religious liberty.

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