Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Thursday, December 19, in honor of New York State Police Trooper David W. Cunniff.
Trooper Cunniff died Tuesday as a result of severe injuries sustained during a traffic accident that occurred last night on the New York State Thruway.
Words cannot describe the depth of our sorrow as we mourn the tragic loss of Trooper Cunniff, Governor Cuomo said. He served the people of this state with valor and courage and was taken from us far too soon. On behalf of all New Yorkers, my deepest condolences are with the loved ones of Trooper Cunniff and we will lower flags on state government buildings this Thursday to honor his memory and service.
Trooper Cunniff is from Duanesburg, NY and is survived by his wife, Amy, and two sons, 6-year-old Caleb and 4-year-old Zachary. He was 35 years old. Trooper Cunniff was a 9 year veteran of the New York State Police. He worked in Troops B, G and was a member of the then Executive Services Detail at the New York State Capitol. He was assigned to Troop T in February of 2009.