Congressman Tom Reed says he and his family were on the receiving end of a disturbing threat at their home in Corning.
"The cowards used a dead animal and a brick with a family member's name on it to try to intimidate us," Reed said in a statement, which did not elaborate further on the threat.
The Corning Police Department says it received a complaint around 10:30 a.m. and has turned over evidence to the state police crime lab in Albany.
"Across the country, politics has taken a disturbing turn," Reed said. "We have to overcome this. I know that we can. We are all Americans first. What unites us if far greater than our political differences."
Corning police told 7 Eyewitness News they had no additional information to add at this time.
In August, someone threw a brick through the window of Reed's office in Corning.
Reed, a Republican, is running for re-election in New York's 23rd Congressional District against Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano.