Governor Cuomo Directs Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to be Illuminated Orange This Evening to Mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to be illuminated orange this evening, Friday June 7, to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day 2019.
"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 the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and landmarks across the state to be lit orange this evening to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day."
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, "The scourge of gun violence affects all communities, and it must be confronted with all of our might. The Senate Democratic Majority passed historic gun safety legislation that had been blocked for years by the previous Senate Majority. We will continue our efforts to protect New Yorkers from gun violence and promote gun safety awareness."
Senator Peter Harckham said, "Thank you Governor Cuomo, for bathing the bridge in orange light and for your leadership on gun safety. By lighting the Mario M. Cuomo bridge orange this evening, we are raising awareness of the ongoing scourge of gun violence. I'm proud that the NYS legislature passed a number of meaningful gun safety measures this session that don't infringe on people's second amendment rights. Yet, we still have more work to do."
Senator David Carlucci said, "Thank you to Moms Demand Action for requesting the new bridge be illuminated orange to honor the victims and survivors of gun violence and to raise awareness about the gun safety movement. We are not just saying Enough is Enough in Rockland, we are shining a light on an epidemic for all New Yorkers to see. The New York State Senate has passed several gun safety bills that make our gun laws some of the strongest in the nation, and we must continue to fight for a future free of gun violence. I thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership on this issue and recognizing National Gun Violence Awareness Day."
Senator Shelley Mayer said, "Every day we hear about another horrific act of preventable gun violence. We mourn for those lost, and we work to prevent this violence from continuing. In New York we have made great strides in advancing gun safety, but we know we can and must do more to reduce gun violence. I thank Governor Cuomo for lighting the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge orange in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day."
Senator James Skoufis said, "Year after year, so many communities continue to suffer at the hands of the gun violence epidemic in our country. I'm proud to be part of a state legislature that values common sense gun safety and thank the Governor for lighting the bridge orange tonight in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Let us never forget all the lives lost, and may we continue to work together to protect all New Yorkers from these egregious acts."
Assembly Member Ellen Jaffee, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Children and Families, said, "The widespread incidents of gun violence across our country are unacceptable. Our children and families are entitled to feel safe in their schools, houses of worship, homes and communities. On National Gun Violence Awareness Day I applaud NYS for its steadfast leadership on this issue and for the continued effort to shine a light on this issue. We must bring this epidemic to an end."
Assembly Member Kenneth Zebrowski said, "I am honored to stand with Governor Cuomo and Rockland County activists today as we reflect upon senseless gun violence in our Country. As the bridge illuminates in Orange let us strengthen our resolve to do everything possible to protect our neighborhoods."
Assembly Member Tom Abinanti said, "I join Governor Cuomo in highlighting the need for all Americans to demand action to end the epidemic of gun violence that continues to plague our nation. New York is leading the way with common sense measures but we need the help of all Americans to prevent more deaths of innocent people."
June Rubin, a volunteer with New York chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America said, "We're so grateful to see our local elected officials recognize National Gun Violence Awareness Day and the Wear Orange campaign with the lighting of the bridge. This weekend is a time to honor every American affected by gun violence and elevate one resounding message: Enough is enough."