New York Joins Nation in Recognizing June as Gun Violence Awareness Month
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed iconic buildings and structures across the state to be illuminated orange this evening, Friday June 7, to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day 2019, as well as Gun Violence Awareness Month and the beginning of Wear Orange Weekend.
"As senseless acts of gun violence occur with frightening regularity, it is more important than ever to keep this issue front and center and to pressure the federal government to finally do something," Governor Cuomo said. "New York already has some of the strongest gun laws in the nation - now Washington needs to follow suit. I am directing landmarks across the state to be lit orange this evening to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day."
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, "Everyday gun violence tragedies impact communities across New York State and our nation. Our state government has a responsibility to fight this epidemic through meaningful gun safety legislation and awareness campaigns. The lighting of landmarks across the state will help further demonstrate our support of common sense gun safety efforts. As we recognize June as Gun Violence Awareness Month, it is my hope we remember those who have lost their lives to gun violence, and honor their memory by continuing to advance gun safety efforts to better protect our communities."
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said, "My colleagues and I in the Assembly Majority have long been outspoken advocates and champions for common sense gun safety reforms because we believe we can and should do more to prevent gun violence. We refuse to accept these senseless tragedies as the cost of unfettered access to guns. Today, we honor the victims and survivors of gun violence and reaffirm our commitment to ensuring our laws put the lives and safety of New Yorkers first."
"We have proudly led the way to pass common-sense gun safety reforms including the Red Flag Bill, which we traveled the state advocating for last year," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "As the federal government ignores the reality of gun violence, we have picked up the mantle of leadership to protect the public. Throughout this month and every month, we remember the victims, recognize the importance of awareness, and urge Washington to take action to save lives as we have done in New York."
The landmarks that will be lit orange this evening are:
- One World Trade Center and the Koscuiszko Bridge in New York City
- Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge over the Hudson River between Tarrytown and Nyack
- The Governor Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, the State Education Building and the State University of New York administration building, all in Albany
- SUNY campuses: Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State, Hartwell Hall at the College at Brockport, Collaborative Learning Center at Jefferson Community College, Upstate Medical University Children's Hospital in Syracuse, main entrances at SUNY Cortland and Binghamton University Library Tower
The Entrance Gate and Exposition Building at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse