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GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF TO HONOR FALLEN TROOPER STEVEN A. TYRRELL

Flags to be flown at Half-Staff on February 16 and 17

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced flags on State buildings will be flown at half-staff on February 16 and 17, from sunrise to sunset, in honor of fallen New York State Police Trooper Steven A. Tyrrell.

“Trooper Steven A. Tyrrell selflessly committed his life to the betterment of his community, our State and our country,” Governor Hochul said. “May his legacy live on through the enduring power of his service, and through the countless lives he touched through his actions and example. Our hearts go out to his family and loved ones.”

On February 7, 2024, Trooper Tyrrell passed away from an illness stemming from his assignment in and around the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. He had retired from the New York State Police after 26 years of dedicated service on September 27, 2023. Trooper Tyrrell was from Rochester, NY and is survived by three children; Sean, Kathryn and Rachel; and siblings Barry, Greg, Leslie and Sharon.


GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF TO HONOR FALLEN FIREFIGHTER

Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff on January 31

Governor Kathy Hochul today directed flags on all State buildings to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on January 31 in honor of fallen Fairville Volunteer Firefighter Dan DeWolf.

“Our volunteer firefighters put their lives on the line day in and day out to keep their communities safe, selflessly putting the safety of others first,” Governor Hochul said. “The loss of Dan DeWolf will be felt across New York as it highlights the risks these firefighters take on voluntarily. My heart is with Mr. DeWolf’s loved ones and his fellow firefighters. We are thankful for his service.”

Dan DeWolf was a member of the Fairville Volunteer Fire Department, serving the northern part of the Town of Arcadia for 32 years. On January 21, he went into cardiac arrest at the scene of a house fire. Mr. DeWolf is survived by his beloved granddaughter as well as his son, mother and many other loved ones.


GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF TO HONOR NEW YORK STATE PARKS EMPLOYEE AARON J. PETERS

Flags to be flown at Half-Staff on January 24

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced flags on State buildings will be flown at half-staff on January 24, from sunrise to sunset, in honor of Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation employee Aaron J. Peters. Aaron Peters, a member of the regional sawyer crew, was fatally injured January 17 while involved in tree removal at Golden Hill State Park in Niagara County.

“Aaron Peters’ tragic death reminds us that New York State employees often put themselves in harm’s way while working to improve the safety of their fellow citizens and colleagues,” Governor Hochul said. “He will not be forgotten by his friends and family, and my heart goes out to all of those whose lives he touched.”

Aaron worked at the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for three years, and served on the regional ropes access team and sawyer crew. He had deep family ties to the state park system. He was the son of recently retired Niagara Region Deputy General Manager Ron Peters and Jennifer Ray, who recently left the regional business office.


GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF TO HONOR FALLEN TROOPER ROBERT M. BURNEY

Flags to be flown at Half-Staff on December 14

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced flags on State buildings will be flown at half-staff on December 14, from sunrise to sunset, in honor of fallen New York State Police Trooper Robert M. Burney.

“Trooper Robert M. Burney answered the call to protect and defend and spent almost three decades serving his fellow New Yorkers,” Governor Hochul said. “May Trooper Burney’s memory be a comfort to his family, and may his legacy live on in the lives he touched in the line of duty. His loved ones are in our hearts as we mourn their loss.”

On December 9, 2023, Trooper Burney passed away from an illness stemming from his assignment in and around the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. He had retired from the New York State Police after 27 years of dedicated service on January 2, 2017. Trooper Burney was from New Hartford and is survived by his long-term companion, his mother and extended family.


FLAGS ON NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS WILL BE AT HALF-STAFF FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, IN OBSERVANCE OF PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY.


GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN REMEMBRANCE OF LIVES LOST IN RECENT TERRORIST ATTACKS AGAINST ISRAEL

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that flags on State buildings will be flown at half-staff indefinitely starting on Wednesday, October 11 in remembrance of the lives lost as a result of the recent terrorist attacks against the State of Israel. 

“New York stands in solidarity with Israel and the Jewish community, Governor Hochul said. “I am proud to serve as Governor of the state that is home to the largest Jewish population outside of Israel and I am committed to doing everything in my power to make sure that this community is supported and protected today and every day.  

In the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in Israel, Governor Hochul directed the New York State Police to increase patrols and outreach and reiterated calls for social media companies to strengthen platform moderation in order to prevent the proliferation of hateful content. On Saturday, Governor Hochul also directed New York State landmarks to be illuminated blue and white in solidarity with the State of Israel.

Governor Hochul has also spoken with a broad range of Jewish community leaders and elected officials to offer support during this critical time and is working with the U.S. Department of State to ensure New Yorkers currently traveling in Israel can return home safely. 


GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF TO HONOR FALLEN U.S. AIR FORCE STAFF SERGEANT KORY WADE

Flags to be Flown at Half Staff on July 5 and 6

Governor Kathy Hochul today directed flags to half-staff at all State government buildings and facilities on July 5 and July 6 in honor of U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Kory Wade, who passed away following training exercises that took place on June 14. Staff Sergeant Wade was a native of Shortsville, New York in Ontario County.

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Staff Sergeant Kory Wade and extend my deepest sympathies to Sergeant Wade's family and loved ones on behalf of all New Yorkers, Governor Hochul said. This tragedy is a heartbreaking reminder of the risks the brave men and women in our nation's military face every day to keep us safe.

Wade enlisted in the Air Force and served his country since 2008. He received numerous awards, including the Air and Space Commendation Medal, Air and Space Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award, National Defense Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and U.S. Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon.


GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF TO HONOR FALLEN CAPTAIN CHRISTOPHER J. GARROW

Flags to be Flown at Half Staff on June 15 and 16

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced flags on State buildings will be flown at half-staff on June 15 and 16 in honor of fallen Captain Christopher J. Garrow.   

"Captain Christopher J. Garrow was a fearless public servant, who was committed to protecting his community and the State of New York," Governor Hochul said. "Captain Garrow's service and dedication to protecting his fellow New Yorkers will never be forgotten and my heart goes out to his family and loved ones."

On June 12, 2023, Captain Garrow passed away from an illness stemming from his assignment in and around the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. He has served the New York State Police for 23 years. Captain Garrow is from Peru, New York, CIinton County, and is survived by his wife and two daughters.


GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF TO HONOR VICTIMS OF TOPS SUPERMARKET SHOOTING IN BUFFALO ON ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Flags to be Flown at Half Staff on May 14 and Remain at Half Staff on May 15 for Peace Officers Memorial Day 

Governor Kathy Hochul today directed flags on State buildings to be flown at half-staff and announced that State landmarks will be lit orange on Sunday, May 14 in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the racially motivated shooting at Tops Supermarket in Buffalo one year ago. 

As we mark the first anniversary of this horrific, racist act of terror in Buffalo, we honor our 10 neighbors who were senselessly taken from us and we renew our commitment to doing everything we can to prevent this from ever happening again, Governor Hochul said. We must condemn the hateful white supremacy that motivated this attack and call out hate when we see it. My heart goes out to my hometown and the families who have lost loved ones, and we are dedicated to helping the East Buffalo community as it continues to heal.

Also, President Biden has directed that flags be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, Monday, May 15.


GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF TO HONOR FALLEN RETIRED SENIOR INVESTIGATOR NICHOLAS A. GEORGEADIS

Flags to be Flown at Half Staff on May 4 and 5

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced flags on State buildings will be flown at half-staff on May 4 and 5 in honor of fallen retired Senior Investigator Nicholas A. Georgeadis. 

The State of New York lost a true hero in Senior Investigator Nicholas A. Georgeadis, Governor Hochul said. Senior Investigator Georgeadis will always be remembered for his commitment and service to the people of New York, and we will never forget those whose lives were changed and continue to be affected by September 11.

On April 28, 2023, Senior Investigator Georgeadis passed away from an illness stemming from his assignment in and around the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. He had retired from the New York State Police after 21 years of dedicated service on November 28, 2018. Senior Investigator Georgeadis is from Wilton, NY, and is survived by his wife and three children.


GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF TO HONOR FALLEN RETIRED INVESTIGATOR PATRICK J. HOGAN

Flags to be Flown at Half Staff on April 19 and 20

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced flags on State buildings will be flown at half-staff on April 19 and 20 in honor of fallen Retired Investigator Patrick J. Hogan.   

We lost a true hero and public servant in Investigator Patrick J. Hogan, whose dedication to protecting and serving his community will always be remembered, Governor Hochul said. Investigator Hogan's sacrifice and commitment to the people of New York will never be forgotten and we owe it to him and all those affected by September 11 to continue to fight for their health and well-being.  

On April 13, 2023, Investigator Hogan passed away from an illness stemming from his assignment in and around the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. He had retired from the New York State Police after 22 years of dedicated service on May 30, 2018. Investigator Hogan is from Wynantskill, NY, and is survived by his wife and three children.  


GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF TO HONOR FALLEN FDNY EMS LIEUTENANT ALISON RUSSO-ELLING

Governor Kathy Hochul today directed flags on state buildings will be flown at half-staff on Friday, September 30, in honor of fallen FDNY EMS Lieutenant Alison Russo-Elling. Flags should be lowered to half-staff at sunrise on Friday, September 30, and returned to full-staff following Lieutenant Russo-Elling's funeral service.

We mourn the loss of Alison Russo-Elling, an EMT Lieutenant who was killed while on duty, Governor Hochul said. Our hearts are with her family as we honor her life and remember her as a hero. I know all New Yorkers are grateful for her service over more than two decades with FDNY and as a World Trade Center first responder.


GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF TO HONOR QUEEN ELIZABETH II

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced flags on State buildings will be flown at half-staff on Friday, September 9 in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth II was a force on the world stage for decades and an inspiring female leader who leaves a lasting legacy, Governor Hochul said. New York joins the people of the United Kingdom and all those who are mourning in honoring her life, and we send our prayers to her family.


GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF TO HONOR INDIANA REPRESENTATIVE JACKIE WALORSKI

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced flags on state buildings will be flown at half-staff on August 4 in honor of Indiana Representative Jackie Walorski. Flags should be lowered to half-staff immediately and returned to full-staff after dusk on August 4.

New York mourns the loss of Representative Walorski and two of her staff members after an unthinkable tragedy in Indiana, Governor Hochul said. Today we will we lower flags to half-staff in remembrance of their service to our nation, and I send my heartfelt condolences to the families of these public servants.


GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF TO HONOR FALLEN ROCHESTER POLICE OFFICER ANTHONY MAZURKIEWICZ

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced flags on state buildings will be flown at half-staff on July 31 and August 1 in honor of fallen Rochester Police Officer Anthony Mazurkiewicz. Flags should be lowered to half-staff at sunrise on July 31 and August 1, the day of Officer Mazurkiewicz's funeral service, and returned to full-staff at sunset on August 2.

The loss of Officer Mazurkiewicz was a senseless tragedy, and my thoughts are with his wife, his children, and all of his loved ones, Governor Hochul said. Every day, police officers put their lives on the line to protect New Yorkers, and we will continue taking aggressive action to tackle gun violence in our communities. All of New York grieves the loss of Officer Mazurkiewicz alongside his family, the Rochester Police Department, and the community, and we will never forget his sacrifice.


GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF TO HONOR VICTIMS OF TOPS SUPERMARKET SHOOTING IN BUFFALO

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced flags on state buildings will be flown at half-staff on May 16 in honor of the victims of the horrific shooting at Tops Supermarket in Buffalo. Flags should be lowered to half-staff at sunrise on May 16 and should remain lowered until all of the victims are laid to rest. 

The violence we witnessed at the hands of this white supremacist is sickening, unacceptable and it must stop here, Governor Hochul said. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us, and we must confront white supremacy head on. My heart is with our neighbors in Buffalo, the victims and their families — their legacy will live on. 


FLAG NOTIFICATION

Please be advised that flags should be flown at half-staff on May 15, 2022 for Peace Officers Memorial Day.


GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF AS NATION MOURNS ONE MILLION AMERICAN LIVES LOST TO COVID

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced flags on State buildings will be flown at half-staff on Friday, May 13 in remembrance of the one million American lives lost to COVID.

Today, our country marks an unthinkable milestone - one million lives lost due to COVID-19, Governor Hochul said. This tragic milestone serves as a reminder that despite our progress we must remain vigilant in the face of this pandemic. These were mothers, fathers, children, siblings, friends and neighbors and I don't want any more New Yorkers to go through the pain of losing a loved one to this awful virus, which is why it's so important to keep using the tools that keep us safe: get vaccinated, test regularly, and talk to your doctor about treatment if you're feeling sick.


OVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF TO HONOR FALLEN NYPD OFFICERS RIVERA AND MORA

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced flags on state buildings will be flown at half-staff on Jan. 28 in honor of fallen New York Police Officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora. Flags should be lowered to half-staff at sunrise on Jan. 28, the day of Officer Rivera's funeral service, and returned to full-staff at sunset on Feb. 2, following Officer Mora's funeral service.

The losses of Officer Rivera and Officer Mora are felt widely and deeply by all New Yorkers - my thoughts are with their families and loved ones, Governor Hochul said. Today we mourn as they are laid to rest, but tomorrow we must work to eradicate the epidemic gun violence has become in our communities. We must get to the root of this issue to prevent tragedies like this from happening. New Yorkers deserve elected officials that will work for them to solve this problem and that is exactly what they will get.


GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF TO HONOR THE BRAVE AMERICANS WHO DEFENDED OUR NATION'S CAPITOL IN THE FACE OF INSURRECTION

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced flags on state buildings will be flown at half-staff on January 6 in honor of the brave Americans who defended the United States Capitol Building during the attempted insurrection of 2021. Flags will be lowered beginning at 2:11 p.m. — the time when the Capitol was first breached — and hoisted to full-staff at 8:06 p.m. — the time the United States Senate reconvened.

"The cowardly attacks during the January 6th insurrection last year were more than an assault on the U.S. Capitol building, it was an assault on our democratic values," Governor Hochul said. "We will never be intimidated - democracy will always win. I thank the brave heroes who put their lives on the line to protect public safety on January 6th, and I encourage all of us to reflect on the values with which we built this country: democracy, resiliency, and unity over division."   


Flags to half-staff: Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Flags on New York State government buildings will be at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, December 7, in observation of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.


GOVERNOR HOCHUL ANNOUNCES STATE LANDMARKS TO BE LIT AND FLAGS TO BE AT HALF-STAFF IN OBSERVATION OF 20th 9/11 ANNIVERSARY
13 State Landmarks to be Lit Blue on Sept. 11

Governor Hochul today announced that thirteen state landmarks will be lit blue and flags on state government buildings will be flown at half-staff on Saturday, Sept. 11 in remembrance of those who lost their lives on this day twenty years ago.

"Twenty years ago, nearly three thousand people lost their lives in the horrific and unprecedented acts of terror against our state and our nation on September 11, 2001," *Governor Hochul said.* "We remember the victims and the brave first responders who lost their lives in the most unfathomable way, and we honor the survivors and victim's families who were tragically impacted by the attack. We will continue to stand together stronger and united as one New York State."

State landmarks to be lit include:

· One World Trade Center
· Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
· Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
· The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
· State Fairgrounds - Main Gate & Expo Center
· Albany International Airport Gateway
· Kosciuszko Bridge
· Grand Central Terminal - Pershing Square Viaduct
· The "Franklin D. Roosevelt" Mid-Hudson Bridge
· Niagara Falls
· State Education Building
· MTA LIRR - East End Gateway at Penn Station
· The Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex


GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS ON ALL STATE BUILDINGS LOWERED TO HALF-STAFF
TOMORROW FOR FALLEN TROOPER

"I am devastated by the news of the passing of New York State Police Trooper James J. Monda, an 18-year veteran of the Division who died in the line of duty while on marine detail on the Great Sacandaga Lake Sunday.

Our Troopers serve and protect the citizens of the State and when we lose a member, we lose a piece of the community. I extend prayers and condolences from all New Yorkers to the family, fiancée and friends of Trooper Monda.

I am directing that flags on all State buildings be lowered to half-staff tomorrow through interment on Monday in honor of Trooper Monda. We will never forget his dedicated service to our safety and our State."


Flags to half-staff: Sunrise, Sunday, May 30, 2021

Please be advised that on Sunday, May 30, 2021 flags are to be flown at half-staff for the day to honor the essential workers who lost their lives due to COVID-19.

Flags to full-staff: Noon, Monday, May 31, 2021

Please be advised that on Monday, May 31, 2021, flags are to be flown at half-staff until noon, and at top of staff for the rest of the day in observance of Memorial Day. Please note that the POW-MIA flag is to be displayed over all state buildings and facilities on Memorial Day. The POW-MIA flag should be displayed beneath the National Flag if there is no third staff available.


GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF FORT BRAGG SOLIDER

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed flags on State government builds to be flown at half-staff beginning tomorrow and through interment in recognition of Spc. Abigail Jenks, a native of Saratoga County, who died Monday following a training exercise at Fort Bragg.

Spc. Abigail Jenks, age 20, died following a Blackhawk helicopter static line jump training exercise at Fort Bragg. The incident is under investigation.

"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend our deepest sympathy to Spc. Abigail Jenks' family and loved ones," *Governor Cuomo said.* "We are devastated by her loss and join her fellow soldiers, family and friends in honoring her service to our country."

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all State buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to New York State service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in the line of duty or die in a combat zone.


A Proclamation on Remembering the 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19

As of this week during the dark winter of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 500,000 Americans have now died from the virus. That is more Americans who have died in a single year of this pandemic than in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined. On this solemn occasion, we reflect on their loss and on their loved ones left behind. We, as a Nation, must remember them so we can begin to heal, to unite, and find purpose as one Nation to defeat this pandemic.

In their memory, the First Lady and I will be joined by the Vice President and the Second Gentleman for a moment of silence at the White House this evening. I ask all Americans to join us as we remember the more than 500,000 of our fellow Americans lost to COVID-19 and to observe a moment of silence at sunset. I also hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset February 26, 2021. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-second day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.


Thursday January 21, 2021: STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO ON NATIONAL GUARD HELICOPTER CRASH IN MENDON THAT KILLED THREE SERVICE MEMBERS 

"I am devastated by the news tonight of a New York Army National Guard helicopter crash in the Town of Mendon that killed three of New York's bravest during a training mission.

"National Guard members are our citizen soldiers who voluntarily serve and protect both here and abroad, and I extend prayers and condolences from all New Yorkers to the family, loved ones and fellow soldiers of these honorable heroes who we will never forget. 

"I am directing that flags on all State buildings be lowered to half-staff tomorrow in honor of and in tribute to these New Yorkers who dedicated their service to nation and state."  

 


GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN OBSERVATION OF ANNIVERSARY OF PEARL HARBOR

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Monday, December 7, in observation of the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. During the attack, more than 2,400 Americans were killed, including 40 New Yorkers.

"Seventy-nine years ago, more than 2,400 brave souls were tragically lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor. We must never forget that day and how it forever altered our nation's history. New Yorkers are eternally grateful to the men and women of our Armed Forces who have committed their lives to defending our nation, and as we thank them for all they do to keep us safe, we must also honor the sacrifice of those we have lost by upholding the ideals our nation was founded upon.

"While this date continues to live in infamy, it should also remind us how a galvanized nation can come together as one to fight to protect our democracy. During these times of crisis, division and adversity, let us reflect on how much we can overcome when we are united, and work together to help forge a better future for all Americans."


AMID ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO BE FLOWN
AT HALF-MAST IN HONOR OF THOSE WE HAVE LOST TO COVID-19

Flags Will Remain Lowered While New York is on PAUSE

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of those we have lost to COVID-19. The flags will remain lowered while New York is on pause.


GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF FOR FALLEN SOLDIER

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff on Friday, February 14 in honor of Spc. Branden Tyme Kimball, a Fort Drum Soldier who died in Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Spc. Kimball, age 21, died in a non-combat related incident at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.

"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend our deepest sympathy to Spc. Branden Kimball's loved ones," *Governor Cuomo said*. "We are devastated by his loss and join his fellow soldiers, his family, and his friends in honoring his service to our nation. His death is a reminder of the sacrifices members of the military make to protect the freedoms and the values that this state and this nation were founded upon."

Kimball was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division's 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. He was from Central Point, Oregon.

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all State buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to New York service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.

 

GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF STAFF TO HONOR U.S. COAST GUARD LIEUTENANT THOMAS J.E. CROTTY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed flags on all State government buildings to be flown at half-staff on Saturday, November 2, in honor of World War II U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Thomas J.E. Crotty of Buffalo. Lieutenant Crotty was reported MIA and later died at the Cabanatuan POW camp in the Philippines in July 1942. His body will be repatriated to the United States and interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Buffalo on November 2.

"We all owe a debt of gratitude to Lieutenant Crotty for his service and making ultimate sacrifice while defending our country to ensure freedom for future generations of New Yorkers," *Governor Cuomo said*. "To honor Lt. Crotty and his legacy as he is finally and rightfully returned home to Buffalo, I am directing flags to half-staff on all State buildings and on behalf of all New Yorkers, I express our sincerest appreciation for his service."

Lieutenant Crotty played a key role in destroying supplies and facilities to prevent them from falling into enemy hands when the U.S. Navy abandoned its main Naval Base in the Philippines following the Japanese invasion in 1941.

Lieutenant Crotty served with the 16th Naval District-in-Shore Patrol Headquarters aboard the USS Quail in the Philippines. When the Japanese invaded the Island of Corregidor in May 1942, Crotty led a team of Marines and Army personnel firing on Japanese soldiers landing on the island's beach. After the surrender of Corregidor, Lieutenant Crotty and thousands of service members were held at the Cabanatuan POW camp. He was the only Coast Guardsman taken prisoner during World War II. On July 19, 1942, at thirty-years-old, Lieutenant Crotty was killed in action and buried in a mass grave with fellow prisoners.

In the decades since the war, the American Graves Registration Service has exhumed and examined the remains of thousands of fallen soldiers to identify them. Using mitochondrial DNA analysis, Lieutenant Crotty's remains were identified on September 10, 2019, and will be sent home to the United States, arriving at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on November 1.


GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF CONGRESSMAN ELIJAH
CUMMINGS 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff in honor of Congressman Elijah Cummings from October 18 until interment. The Governor's comments of Congressman Cumming's passing is available here.

"Congressman Cummings was the real deal: He was passionate and eloquent, accomplishing so much in Washington," *Governor Cuomo said*. "I am thankful to have seen his energy in action during our time together in Washington. We lost him too soon, but his memory and contributions to our great country and the State of Maryland will be forever remembered."


GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS ON STATE GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF WORLD WAR II MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT FRANCIS S. CURREY

Last Living New Yorker to Have Earned the Medal of Honor During World War II

War Hero Distinguished Himself During 1944's Battle of the Bulge

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff tomorrow, October 11, in honor of World War IIMedal of Honor recipient Francis S. Currey, a Selkirk resident. Currey died on October 8, 2019 at age 94. Currey was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944 when he knocked out an enemy tank, drove back enemy troops and rescued five American Soldiers who had been pinned down under enemy fire. After the war, Currey, who was born in Loch Sheldrake and raised in Hurleyville, returned to New York and worked at the Albany VA Medical Center from 1950 until 1980. According to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society he was the last living New Yorker to have earned the Medal during World War II and one of only three living World War II Medal of Honor recipients.

"Francis S. Currey was a true American hero who made great personal sacrifices to serve his country during World War II," *Governor Cuomo said. "His significant contributions during the Battle of the Bugle and beyond helped to defeat fascism during the war, and he continued to serve his country after returning home to New York through his work with veterans. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend our sympathy to his friends and family and express our sincerest gratitude for his service, bravery and accomplishments."

Currey was serving as a Private 1st Class in the Army's 30th Infantry Division when the massive German offensive against American troops in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium kicked off in December of 1944.

On Dec. 21, 1944 Currey's unit, 3rd Platoon of Company K of the 120th Infantry Regiment, was defending a bridge over the Warche River in the Belgian town of Malmedy. A German attack overran the position that Currey and five other Soldiers were defending. Currey and the other Americans retreated to a nearby factory under heavy German fire. Currey located a bazooka—an anti-tank weapon—and then ran across the street in full view of the enemy to secure rockets for the weapon. With assistance from another soldier he knocked out the German tank with one shot.

Currey then moved to another position and killed or wounded three German Soldiers emerging from an enemy-held building with his automatic rifle. He took the bazooka and moved to a position 50 yards from the enemy-held building, stood erect, and then fired at the building, collapsing a wall.

From this position, Currey observed five American Soldiers trapped by fire from the enemy held building and three German tanks. He moved to an abandoned vehicle, retrieved an armful of anti-tank grenades and launched them at the German tanks using an M-1 rifle. This forced the enemy soldiers
to flee. Currey then climbed into an abandoned half-track and fired its .50 caliber machine gun at the German occupied position. He moved again to an abandoned .30 caliber machine gun position and opened fire on the enemy, allowing the trapped Americans to escape.

His actions forced the enemy to withdraw, securing the flank of his battalion's position and slowing the German advance for 12 hours. After night fell Currey and the other Americans withdrew.

Along with the Medal of Honor, Currey was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Belgium awarded him the Order of Leopold, their nation's highest honor. Currey was memorialized with a special G.I. Joe military figure in 1998 and appeared on the cover sheet of a series of Medal of Honor stamps in 2013.

Since 2003 Hurleyville, the town where Currey grew up, has marked Francis S. Currey Day with him as a guest, and former New York Governor Paterson declared July 12, 2009 as Francis Currey Day throughout the state. He will be interred Saturday in South Bethlehem, NY.


GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF FORMER CAYUGA
COUNTY UNDERSHERIFF

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today ordered flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, September 3, until interment in honor of former Cayuga County undersheriff Stephen McLoud, who died from an illness resulting from his work at the World Trade Center site following the September 11th terrorist attacks.

"Officer McLoud was a dedicated public servant and hero who ultimately sacrificed his life helping our city, state and nation recover at Ground Zero following the September 11th terrorist attacks," *Governor Cuomo said*.

"His selfless service embodies the heroism and bravery exhibited by all first responders who answered the call to serve following that fateful day, and I am directing flags to be flown at half-staff to honor his memory. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to Officer McLoud's friends and family. We will never forget his service and his sacrifice."


GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS LOWERED IN HONOR OF ROBERT MORGENTHAU

 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed that flags on all state government buildings be lowered Wednesday, July 24th, until interment to honor Robert Morgenthau.

Governor Cuomo released the following statement:

"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Robert Morgenthau, a true New York hero whose dedication to public service and the law was matched only by the impact he had on the young prosecutors and lawyers like me who worked for him.

"Mr. Morgenthau was the gold standard of prosecutors and the model public servant, dedicating his life to achieving justice and protecting the public over the course of a storied career as a federal prosecutor under two presidents and as the longest serving Manhattan DA in history.

"He did his work with humility and integrity, and created the prestige of the DA's office - and New York is a better place because of him. I keep my assistant district attorney badge from the time I worked for Mr. Morgenthau on my desk as a daily reminder of his unrelenting pursuit of justice.

"In honor of Mr. Morgenthau, I am directing flags on State government buildings to be lowered to half-staff starting Wednesday, July 24th until interment.

"On behalf of the entire New York family, I extend my deepest condolences to Mr. Morgenthau's family, including his wife Lucinda, his children Jenny, Anne, Elinor, Robert, Barbara, Joshua and Amy and his six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren."



GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF FOR FALLEN SOLDIER 

 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today ordered flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff starting tomorrow, June 28, in honor of a Trumansburg, New York Soldier who died as a result of injuries sustained in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan on June 25. He was 24 years old.

"On behalf of all New Yorkers I extend our sympathy to the friends, family, and fellow soldiers of Sgt. Johnston," Governor Cuomo said. "His death is a reminder of the sacrifices members of the military make to protect the freedoms and the values that this state and this nation were founded upon."

Sgt. James G. Johnston was assigned to the 79th Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), a part of the 71st Ordnance Group at Fort Hood, Texas. Sgt. Johnston was one of two Soldiers who died of wounds sustained from small arms fire during combat operations.

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags at New York State facilities be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to New York service members who are killed in combat or die in a combat zone.


GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF MARINE CORPS RESERVISTS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of two Marine Corps Reservists who were killed in Parwan Province, Afghanistan on April 8. Flags will be lowered from today until their interment.

Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, Nassau County, and Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43, who was a 15-year member of the FDNY, stationed at Ladder Company 23 in the South Bronx, were killed in an improvised explosive device attack while conducting combat operations along with a third Marine, Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pennsylvania.

All were members of the 25th Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Corps Reserve.

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of two members of the family of New York, Cpl. Hendriks and FDNY member Staff Sgt. Slutman, while they were serving our country in Afghanistan," Governor Cuomo said. "Their deaths are a tragic reminder of the bravery and sacrifice of our service members, who put their lives in harm's way to protect our values and way of life. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my condolences to their friends and loved ones, and I am directing that flags be lowered in their honor."

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all State buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to New York service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.

 


GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF
DOT MAINTENANCE WORKER MATT HOWE


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed flags to half-staff on all State government buildings in honor of New York Department of Transportation Maintenance Worker Dennis (Matt) Howe of Owego, Tioga County, who died from injuries sustained last Wednesday when a tractor trailer collided with a DOT truck in the work zone March 13 in Tioga County. Flags will be flown at half-staff beginning today, March 19, until interment.

"I am saddened by the loss of Matt Howe, a dedicated public servant and Department of Transportation employee, who passed away last night due to injuries from when a tractor trailer collided with a DOT truck in the work zone.

"Since 2006, Matt served DOT Region 9 and the people of the State of New York honorably. As a maintenance worker, he was a jack of all trades who was always eager to lend a hand to the team.

"His death is a tragic reminder of the dangers our workers face every day braving the elements and our roadways, all while looking out for the safety of one another. There is nothing routine about what our maintenance forces do to keep New York's highways safe, and we have zero tolerance for anyone who flagrantly puts the lives and safety of our workers in jeopardy. This year I called for stricter protections<https: www.governor.ny.gov="" news="" governor-cuomo-announces-fy-2020-executive-budget-will-strengthen-protections-against-assault=""> for transportation workers to send a clear message that New York stands with our workers.

"In honor of Matt Howe and his service to the people of New York, I am directing that flags be flown at half-staff across this great state. On behalf of the entire family of New York, I extend my deepest condolences to his friends, colleagues and the loved ones he leaves behind."</https:>