Incident Summary:

10/17/2001: Anthrax tests on the offices of Governor George Pataki came back positive in Manhattan, New York county, New York. Although no employee tested positive for anthrax exposure, the buildings were evacuated for testing and decontamination. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, although authorities believed this incident was related to other anthrax contaminations throughout the United States following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Washington, DC.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:
The office of Governor Pataki at 633 Third Avenue

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Offices of New York State Governor
Specific Description George Pataki and employees in his office
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
The source of the anthrax was unclear, as the tests done cleared a suspicious letter that was thought to be the source.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Probable anthrax found in Governor's office in New York," Xinhua News Agency, October 17, 2001.
David Espo, "More than 30 Senate employees exposed to anthrax; congressional business curtailed," Associated Press, October 17, 2001.