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Cuomo directs flags to half-staff

Staff Reports Posted 21 July 2015 at 12:00 am

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff beginning Wednesday in honor of the victims of last week’s shooting at the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga, TN. Flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on Saturday.

“Last week’s horrific shooting in Chattanooga claimed the lives of some of our nation’s bravest young men,” Governor Cuomo said. “While nothing can replace the lives that were lost, we will be neither defined nor divided by this kind of senseless violence – instead, we remember the courage and selflessness of these five service members with gratitude. On behalf of all New Yorkers, my thoughts and prayers are with the families of these fallen heroes.”

Earlier today, State Assemblyman Steve Hawley urged Cuomo to lower the flags.

“While the entire nation mourns the unnecessary death of these brave members of our military, I believe Gov. Cuomo should direct that all flags in New York State are lowered out of respect,” Hawley said. “There are so many military members here in New York State, and so many military families, to me it is the right thing for the governor to do – to show solidarity and respect for the nation during this difficult time.”