A number of New York state lawmakers received a disturbing email with the subject line “time to kill the wealthy” that threatened employees of tech companies if the state does not renew its tax surcharge on millionaires. According to Politico, the email used terminology from Occupy Wall Street movement, though there has been no connection made with what’s actually happening in Zuccotti Park:
“The angry message demanded that Albany politicians ‘stop shoveling wealth from the lower 99 percent into the top 1 percent’ and “set aside your ‘no new taxes on anybody’ pledge.’”
The email was reportedly sent to State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and State Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari. It’s still unclear whether Governor Cuomo received the email as well.
WTEN in Albany says the text of the email reads:
“It’s time to tax the millionaires! If you don’t, I’m going to pay a visit with my carbine to one of those tech companies you are so proud of and shoot every spoiled Ivy League [expletive] I can find.”
It’s hard to say exactly which tech companies they’re targeting, but it’s unlikely that it’s the bootstrapped, lean crowd. Gov. Cuomo has been heavily touting a $4.4 billion upstate initiative led by IBM, Intel, and Samsung to develop next gen computer chip technology upstate.