New York State Common Retirement Fund officials said an oversized letter sent to State Comptroller H. Carl McCall at the funds Albany office tested negative for anthrax. The letter, mailed from Egypt, aroused suspicion because it contained an unidentified oily substance. Mr. McCalls spokesman, Steven Greenberg, said the letter pertained to routine retirement fund business.
Mr. McCall, sole trustee of the $112 billion fund, never came in contact with the letter. Four members of his staff who did touch the letter were decontaminated on Tuesday, as were parts of the fifth and sixth floors of the Alfred E. Smith Office Building in Albany, where those employees work. State workers are on edge about anthrax since the bacteria was discovered in a state office building in New York City with branch offices for Gov. George E. Pataki, the fund and other agencies.