Flags to Fly at Half-Staff

GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS ON ALL STATE BUILDINGS LOWERED TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF GENERAL COLIN POWELL

“I am saddened by the passing of General Colin Powell, a New Yorker and son of immigrants who rose to the height of American public service during a distinguished career. As the first Black person to serve as National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State after graduating from the City University of New York, General Powell blazed a path forward for others to follow throughout his decades of service to the United States.

“I am directing flags on all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff until sunset on October 22 in honor of General Powell’s memory and his contributions to building a more perfect union. New Yorkers’ thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Alma, and his children, Linda, Annemarie and Michael.”

Flags to half-staff: Sunrise Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Flags returned to full-staff: Sunset Friday, October 22, 2021

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POW/MIA Flag to be Flown on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Friday, September 17

Please be advised that the POW/MIA Flag is to be displayed over all State buildings and facilities for National POW/MIA Recognition Day on Friday, September 17.  This flag should be displayed beneath the National Flag if there is no third staff available

GOVERNOR HOCHUL ANNOUNCES STATE LANDMARKS TO BE LIT AND FLAGS TO BE AT HALF-STAFF IN OBSERVATION OF 20th 9/11 ANNIVERSARY

The flag should be displayed at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, September 11

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.”

Governor Cuomo Directs Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Fort Bragg Soldier

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed flags on State government buildings 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.

GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS ON ALL STATE BUILDINGS LOWERED TO HALF-STAFF

“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.”

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Flags lowered to half-staff: Sunrise, January 21, 2021

Flags returned to full-staff: Sunset, January 21, 2021

 


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.

Flags lowered to half-staff: Immediately

Flags returned to full staff: After New York PAUSE is completed

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.

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Flags to half-staff: Sunrise, Friday,  February 14, 2020

Flags return to full-staff: Sunset, Friday,  February 14, 2020

FLAG NOTIFICATION

In remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day, flags are to be flown at half- staff on December 7.

Flags to half-staff: Sunrise, Saturday, December 7, 2019

Flags to full-staff: Sunset, Saturday, December 7, 2019

Veterans Day flag reminder for State buildings

The POW-MIA flag is to be displayed over all state buildings and facilities on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11.

This flag should be displayed beneath the national flag if there is no third staff available.

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

Lt. Crotty Had Been Listed MIA Since 1942 After the Surrender of Corregidor in the Philippines During World War II

World War II Hero’s Remains Will Be Repatriated and Interred in His Hometown of Buffalo on November 2

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.

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Flags lowered to half-staff: Sunrise, November 2, 2019

Flags returned to full-staff: Sunset, November 2, 2019

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 II Medal 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.

Flags lowered to half-staff: Sunrise Friday, October 11, 2019

Flags returned to full-staff: Sunset Friday, October 11, 2019

Flags at Half-Staff 

The national flag should be displayed at half-staff on the days noted below, or on other days by special proclamation of the United States President or New York State Governor.

  • Patriot Day (September 11) – Flags must be flown at half-staff.
  • Pearl Harbor Day (December 7) – Flags must be flown at half-staff.
  • Peace Officers Memorial Day (May 15) – Flags must be flown at half-staff unless that day also falls on Armed Forces Day.
  • Memorial Day – Flags must be flown at half-staff until Noon, and at top of the staff for the rest of the day.

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.”

Flags lowered to half-staff: Sunrise Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Flags returned to full-staff:  Sunset Saturday, September 7, 2019

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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.”

Proclamation on the Death of John Paul Stevens

As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of John Paul Stevens, retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that on the day of his interment, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half‑staff at the White House and upon 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 on such day.  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 seventeenth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.

DONALD J. TRUMP

Flags to half-staff: Sunrise, Tuesday July 23 2019

Flags to full-staff: Sunset, Tuesday July 23 2019

From the NYS Office of General Services

Please be advised that the Flags are to be flown at half-staff until noon, and at top of staff for the rest of the day in remembrance 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.

Flags to half-staff: Sunrise, Monday, May 27, 1019

Flags to full-staff: Noon, Monday, May 27, 2019

From the NYS Office of General Services

Please be advised that Flags should be flown at half-staff on the fifteenth day of May, Peace Officer Memorial Day.

Effective:  Beginning of Business, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Return to Full Staff: Sunset, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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.

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Flags to half-staff:  Today, Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Flags return to full staff: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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 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.”

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Flags to half-staff:  Today, Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Flags return to full staff: Sunset, Monday, March 25, 2019

GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF NYPD DETECTIVE BRIAN SIMONSEN

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed flags to half-staff on all State government buildings in memory and honor of New York Police Department Detective Brian Simonsen, who was shot and killed yesterday responding to a robbery in Queens. Detective Simonsen was a resident of Calverton and served with the NYPD for 19 years. Flags will be flown at half-staff from Thursday, February 14 until interment.

“I am deeply saddened by the shooting of NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen,” Governor Cuomo said. “This tragedy is a heartbreaking reminder of the risks the brave men and women in law enforcement face every day to keep us safe. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I offer my deepest sympathies to Detective Simonsen’s loved ones and fellow members of the NYPD.”
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Flags to half-staff:  February 14, 2019

Flags return to full staff: February 21, 2019

GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF NAVY CHIEF PETTY OFFICER SHANNON KENT

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed that flags on State government buildings be flown at half-staff in honor of Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent, who was killed in Syria on Jan. 16. Chief Petty Officer Kent lived in Maryland and grew up in Pine Plains, New York. Flags will be lowered from today until interment.

“The family of New York mourns the loss of Chief Petty Officer Shannon Kent, a courageous sailor who was killed in Syria earlier this week,” Governor Cuomo said. “Chief Petty Officer Kent stepped up to serve her country and dedicated herself to a life of service, following in the footsteps of her father Colonel Stephen J. Smith of the State Police. We owe her our eternal gratitude for her selfless dedication and sacrifice. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest sympathies to her family and loved ones.”

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.

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Flags to half-staff:  January 18, 2019

Flags return to full staff: February 9, 2019

GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF PFC JOSHUA MIKEASKY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed that flags on State government buildings be flown at half-staff in honor of Pfc. Joshua Mikeasky, a Fort Drum soldier who died in Afghanistan on Dec. 13.

Pfc. Joshua Mikeasky, 19, was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team and was from Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to Pfc. Joshua Mikeasky’s family and loved ones,”Governor Cuomo said. “We are saddened by his loss and join them and his fellow soldiers in honoring his service to our nation.”

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.

Flags are currently at half-staff in honor of President George H. W. Bush and will be lowered again on Monday, Dec. 31 in honor of Major James M. Brophy of Dutchess County and other Marines killed in an air collision earlier this month. Flags will be lowered on Wednesday, January 2, following the New Year’s Day holiday, in honor of Pfc. Mikeasky.

GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF MAJOR JAMES M. BROPHY AND OTHER MARINES KILLED IN AIR COLLISION

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff in honor of Major James M. Brophy of Dutchess County and five other Marines who were killed in a collision between a KC-130 refueling plane and a F/A-18 fighter last Thursday off Japan’s southern coast. Flags are currently at half-staff in honor of President George H. W. Bush, in conjunction with a federal proclamation, and will be lowered again on Monday, December 31 in honor of the Marines.

“The entire family of New York is saddened by the loss of Maj. James Brophy of Staatsburg and the five other Marines who were killed in an air collision off Japan’s southern coast,” Governor Cuomo said. “These Marines answered the call to serve and stepped up to defend our country and our way of life, and we owe them an eternal debt of gratitude for their service and their sacrifice. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to their families and loved ones.”

Marines killed after their KC-130 refueling plane collided with a F/A-18 fighter jet were:

  • Lt. Col. Kevin R. Herrmann, 38, of New Bern, North Carolina.
  • Maj. James M. Brophy, 36, of Staatsburg, New York.
  • Staff Sgt. Maximo A. Flores, 27, of Surprise, Arizona.
  • Cpl. Daniel E. Baker, 21, of Tremont, Illinois.
  • Cpl. William C. Ross, 21, of Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Capt. Jahmar F. Resilard, 28, of Miramar, Florida, the pilot of the F/A-18, was also killed in the collision.

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Flags to half-staff: Sunrise, December 31, 2018

Flags returned to full-staff : Sunset, December 31, 2018

GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff in honor of President George H. W. Bush from Tuesday, December 4 until 30 days from the day of his death.

“President George H. W. Bush was a statesman and patriot who dedicated his life to serving his country. In World War II, he answered the call of duty and became a decorated Navy pilot, and in the decades that followed, he helped to shape the largely peaceful world that we have enjoyed since 1945. His greatest legacy may be the successful end of the Cold War, which occurred on his watch. His leadership was an important factor in the three decades of stability Europe has enjoyed since the fall of the Iron Curtain.

 “He was also a great unifier of Americans at home, always willing to put country before party. President Bush showed the compassion, decency and good humor that is often lacking in our politics today. He understood that our values, no less than wealth and power, are the source of America’s stature in the world. 

“On behalf of the New York Family, we are forever grateful for his service, mourn his passing and will keep his family in our prayers.”

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Flags lowered to half-staff: Sunrise, Tuesday December 4, 2018

Flags returned to full-staff: Sunset, 30 days from the day of his death.

GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF VICTIMS OF HATE-INSPIRED SHOOTINGS IN PITTSBURGH AND KENTUCKY AND ISSUES CALL FOR PEACE AND CIVILITY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Monday, October 29 until sunset on Sunday, November 4 in honor of the victims of the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and at a supermarket in Jeffersontown, Kentucky and issued a call for peace and civility following a week of horrific shootings and attempted bombings.

“The hate in this country has reached a fever pitch and it is bubbling over into violence. This past week, the entire nation was shaken by targeted attempted political bombings, by the racist attack in Kentucky and by the anti-Semitic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

“In New York, we mourn for the victims and their loved ones, and we stand together with the African American and Jewish communities and all communities that make up our diverse social fabric. As the Governor of the state with the largest Jewish population outside of Israel, I will do everything in my power to ensure our religious institutions will be free from violence and intolerance. Anyone, no matter their beliefs, deserves to be able to worship in peace.

“The events of the past week do not represent who we are as a nation. Our diversity is our greatest strength and to vilify our differences and provoke division undermines the founding principles of this country. The hateful rhetoric and violence are ripping at the fabric of America, and it must stop. In this hour of darkness, we must unite and not divide — and we must stand together against the corrosive and destructive forces of hate.

“In the wake of these attacks, New Yorkers from all backgrounds condemn these assaults that are contrary to the proud history of our state and our nation. I am directing that flags be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of the recent horrific shootings, and I join with all New Yorkers to call for peace and civility and to denounce hate in all its forms.”

Flags to half-staff: Sunrise, Monday, October 29, 2018

Flags return to full-staff: Sunset, Sunday, November 4, 2018

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GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF VICTIMS OF SCHOHARIE CRASH

Flags to Be Flown at Half-Staff Beginning on Thursday, October 11 and will return to full staff on Thursday, October 18.

Governor Cuomo: “The entire family of New York mourns for the lives cut short in this crash. In memory of those who were taken from us, I am directing that flags be lowered to half-staff.”

“In the wake of the Schoharie crash, it is hard to fathom the extent of this tragedy. We lost mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, sisters, brothers and friends, and the community will never be the same.

“The entire family of New York mourns for the lives cut short in this crash. In memory of those who were taken from us, I am directing that flags be lowered to half-staff.

“Some of those who tragically died were among our family of State employees, including Justice Center employee Amy King Steenburg, SUNY Oswego professor Brian Hough, and Patrick Cushing, a New York State Senate employee. On behalf of the State of New York, I extend my deepest condolences to the families of all of those lost, their loved ones and coworkers in this incredibly difficult time.”

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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF IN OBSERVATION OF 9/11 ANNIVERSARY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that flags on state government buildings will be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, September 11 in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 men, women and children who lost their lives in the 2001 terrorist attacks.

“Nearly 17 years ago, New York was dealt a blow so devastating that the loss and suffering are still felt to this day. On September 11, 2001, the lives of countless Americans were forever changed in an instant as thousands of innocent men, women, and children perished in the deadliest terror attack this nation has ever seen.

“We will never forget these individuals and the selfless heroes who did not make it home that day. Today, we honor those we lost and thank the brave law enforcement officers, firefighters, medical professionals and other first responders who saved so many lives in the wake of this unspeakable tragedy. We also remember the courageous men and women of the United States Armed Forces including the New York National Guard who protected our freedom then and continue to do so now at home and abroad, New York is eternally grateful for their service to our nation.”

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Governor Cuomo Directs Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff in honor of Senator John McCain

Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff in honor of Senator John McCain from Sunday until his funeral.

The 81-year-old senator from Arizona and former presidential candidate died at his home on Saturday after a battle with brain cancer.

The Governor also releasing this statement:

“At a time of political division and hostility, Senator McCain was a maverick. While I did not always agree with his positions, he was a public servant who indisputably aimed to put country over party.

“John McCain championed bipartisan efforts to implement campaign finance reform and build a fairer immigration system. And his historic vote to save the Affordable Care Act — with a memorable thumbs down — protected health care for millions of Americans.

“It was not just his well-known heroism in the Vietnam War, and the extraordinary ordeal he endured as a prisoner of war. John McCain gave his life in service to this nation, exemplifying all that we admire in a hero.

“He was a warrior and a statesman, in the old-fashioned sense. In his own way, he spoke truth to power. He criticized Republicans and Democrats alike. John McCain criticized all of us. Because in his mind, those of us who are privileged to hold public office can never work hard enough for the people of this country. He was right.

“Near the end of his commencement address in Annapolis last year, he urged his young audience to avoid a ‘polarized politics, which exaggerates our differences’ and ‘looks for scapegoats instead of answers.’ He knew war, and he knew politics, and he knew that they did not have to resemble each other as much as they do — a sentiment remembered by too few at a time when we should all recommit ourselves to putting country over partisan politics.

“In honor of John McCain, one of our nation’s finest public servants — a Republican who loved this Republic and a democrat — who stood for the best of democracy — I direct New York State’s flags be flown at half staff.  A small gesture for one of America’s giants. Godspeed, Senator McCain.”

GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF STAFF IN HONOR OF TROOPER CLARK

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff in honor of New York State Police Trooper Nicholas F. Clark, who died in the line of duty today in Steuben County. They will be lowered until Trooper Clark’s interment. Earlier today, Governor Cuomo met with state troopers and local law enforcement to receive a briefing on Trooper Clark’s death.

The following remarks were made during the briefing:

First Deputy Superintendent Fiore: Good afternoon. I am First Deputy Superintendent of the New York State Police Chris Fiore. We will hear shortly from Governor Andrew Cuomo but I will first provide an update on this morning’s tragic event based on the information that we currently have. This morning at approximately 3:30 a.m. members of the New York State Police, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and the Corning Police Department responded to a call of a suicidal subject barricaded at his resident in the town of Erwin, Steuben County. During the course of the response, Trooper Nicholas Clark was shot and killed by the suspect. The suspect was later found deceased in the residence from an apparent gunshot wound.

Trooper Clark, who was 29 years old, lived in Troupsburg, New York. He graduated from the 203rd Session of the State Police Basic School in September of 2015. He was presently assigned to SP Bath, Troop E. He is survived by his mother, father, and brother, who have all been notified. This is a terrible loss for the New York State Police and our thoughts and prayers are with Trooper Clark and his family.

The incident remains under investigation, and State Police will make additional information available as it comes in. I would now like to hand it over to Governor Cuomo. Thank you.

Governor Cuomo: Thank you. I want to thank the First Deputy Superintendent Chris Fiore for his good work. Field Commander Stephen Smith, Richard Allen, who is the Troop Major for Troop E. Thank you and we’re sorry for your loss and all the colleagues of Trooper Clark. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard, I want to thank him for his partnership with the State Police but especially for their help and assistance during this situation. After Trooper Clark was hit with gunfire, Deputy Sheriff put his own life in danger to pull Trooper Clark to a position of safety. To the Clark family, to his mother, his father, his brother, we hope you find peace in this senseless act of violence. A 29-year-old trooper, a stellar trooper with an extraordinary record, his whole life before him. Great athlete. Well accomplished. He wanted to do one thing which was help people. And help public service and that’s what the New York State Police afford, an opportunity to give back to your community, to help your community. To help other families. Situation like this makes no sense. On any side, the loss of life—29-year-old with his whole life ahead of him. Was just trying to help and do good things. As Governor, you deal with a lot of different situations. Some almost unimaginable. Especially in these difficult times. This is one situation that I’ve gone through before, the state police have gone through before, 13 troopers lost in 5 years. There’s no answer. There’s no point. It’s just sad and painful.

To the State Police and to all police officers in this state—I want them to know that every person in the State of New York has nothing but respect for them, trust in them, and love for them and their families. We know the danger that you put yourself in every day when you leave the house. We know the fear that is in your families’ heart when you’re out there. And we truly and deeply appreciate the risk that you take to keep our families safe. And everything the police do nowadays is dangerous. Whether it’s a traffic stop or a domestic violence incident or a storm or a hurricane or a possible terrorist activity, it’s all dangerous because these are frightening times. And in many ways, we need our police officers and public protectors more than ever.

Again, to the Clark family, you’re in our thoughts, you’re in our prayers. To the colleagues of Trooper Clark, you’re in our thoughts and in our prayers. To the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, thank you for being there, thank you for the courage that you showed in trying to be helpful. And we will go forward together and understand that this is the risk that public service for law enforcement officers pose.
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Flags to half-staff May 15, 2018 in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day

Flags to half-staff: Sunrise, Tuesday May 15, 2018
Flags to full staff: Sunset, Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Peace Officers Memorial Day is an observance in the United States that pays tribute to the local, state, and federal peace officers who have died in the line of duty.

President Donald J. Trump on Flying the Flag at Half-Staff for the Passing of Barbara Bush

On this solemn day, we mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, an outstanding and memorable woman of character.  As a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family.  Mrs. Bush lived a life that reminds us always to cherish our relationships with friends, family, and all acquaintances.  In the spirit of the memory of Mrs. Bush, may we always remember to be kind to one another and to put the care of others first.

As a mark of respect for the memory of Barbara Bush, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon 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, on the day of interment.  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 seventeenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

Flags to half-staff:  Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Flags returned to full-staff:  Sunset, day of interment.  We will send a notification once that date is determined.

GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF CONGRESSWOMAN LOUISE SLAUGHTER

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff in honor of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter on Friday, March 23, the day of her funeral.

“The New York family continues to mourn the passing of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter,” Governor Cuomo said. “She was a champion for our state who fought tirelessly for the Rochester area, and her remarkable legacy will carry on for generations to come. I ask all New Yorkers to join me in honoring the memory of a trailblazer who set an example for others to follow.”

GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF FOUR FALLEN NEW YORK NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Monday, March 19 to honor the four New York National Guard members who were killed when a helicopter they were flying crashed in Iraq on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to the friends and family of these courageous New York National Guard members,” Governor Cuomo said. “We join their loved ones and fellow service members in honoring the sacrifice they have made, so that others may live free in New York and across the entire nation.”

The four New York Air National Guard members, assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing, were stationed at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach. The service members were killed, along with three others, when their HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue helicopter crashed near the city of Qaim in Iraq. There is no evidence of enemy action involved in the crash and the incident is under investigation, according to the Department of Defense.

Members of the New York National Guard killed in the crash were:

  • Capt. Christopher Zanetis, from Long Island City
  • Capt. Andreas O’Keeffe, from Center Moriches
  • Master Sgt. Christopher Raguso, from Commack
  • Staff Sgt. Dashan Briggs, from Port JeffersonThe 106th Rescue Wing specializes in air, land and sea rescue of pilots and other military personnel. The 106th Rescue Wing personnel were operating in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the American led coalition operation to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

“It is with great sadness that I report the loss of four of our wing members,” said Col. Michael Bank, the commander of the 106th Rescue Wing. “All four of these heroes served their nation and community. Our sincerest condolences and sympathies to the families and friends that have been touched by this tragic event.”

“Our National Guard family mourns the loss of the seven combat search and rescue Airmen in the HH-60 crash, including four members from the 106th Rescue Wing,” said Major General Anthony German, the Adjutant General of New York. “This loss reminds us of the tremendous risks we take in serving our nation every day. We honor their service, their professionalism, and their sacrifice as we mourn their loss.”

GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF FOR FALLEN SOLDIER

New York Governor Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in honor of Army Sgt. First Class Maitland Wilson, a Brooklyn resident, who died in Landsthul Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany on March 7, 2018.

“I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends and fellow service members of Army Sgt. First Class Maitland Wilson,” Governor Cuomo said. “We join his loved ones in honoring his service and his sacrifice to this great nation.”

Wilson, aged 38, died as the result of a non-combat incident which is under investigation. He was assigned to the 831st Transportation Battalion of the 595 Transportation Brigade stationed in Manama, Bahrain, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve missions in Iraq and Syria.

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.

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PRESIDENT TRUMP DIRECTS FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF TO HONOR VICTIMS OF SCHOOL SHOOTING

President Trump issued a proclamation Thursday mourning the victims of the deadly shooting at a Florida high school — ordering American flags to be flown at half-staff.

“Our Nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones in the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida,” the proclamation reads.

“As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on February 14, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff,” it continues.

The proclamation calls on all public buildings, military facilities, diplomatic sites, naval vessels and other locations to fly their flags at half-staff through Monday.

GOVERNOR CUOMO ORDERS FLAGS LOWERED IN HONOR OF VICTIMS OF FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff today, February 15, until sunset on Monday, February 19, in conjunction with a federal proclamation, to honor the victims of the Florida school shooting.

Earlier today, Governor Cuomo released the following statement:

“Once again, this nation sheds its tears for young lives cut short by senseless gun violence. But tears are not enough. The horrific school shooting in Florida is the deadliest since Sandy Hook, and it serves as yet another painful and infuriating reminder of the inaction in Washington.

“How many more children must die before this nation acts? How many more times must we grieve before politicians put the safety of their communities before the financial contributions of special interest groups?

“In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, New York did more than send our thoughts and prayers. We stepped up to pass the strongest gun safety legislation in the nation. The SAFE Act didn’t affect sportsmen, hunters or legal gun owners—but it reduced the risk to our children, to our families and to our communities. It banned assault weapons like AR-15s and kept guns out of the hands of dangerously mentally ill people. It’s far past time that the rest of the nation follows suit.”

GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF TO HONOR POLICE OFFICER CRAIG LEHNER

Niagara Falls and Peace Bridge to be Illuminated in Blue for Fallen Officer

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, October 25 to honor Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner, who died in the line of duty while training with the underwater recovery team. To commemorate the life of Officer Lehner, the Peace Bridge and Niagara Falls in Western New York will also be illuminated blue on Wednesday evening.

“This exceptional law enforcement officer, who was taken from us far too soon, will always be remembered in Western New York and beyond,” Governor Cuomo said. “The family of New York grieves for Officer Craig Lehner, who devoted his life to serving and protecting the people of this state, and asks that everyone keep his loved ones and colleagues in their prayers during this difficult time.”

“On behalf of our deeply saddened community and state, and as a fellow resident of Buffalo, I would like to extend my most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Officer Lehner, a true hometown hero,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “His death is a reminder of the daily dangers that law enforcement face in the line of duty. His selfless service to country and community touches all of us in Buffalo and beyond.”

At 34-years-old, Officer Lehner was a nine-year veteran of the Buffalo Police Department. In addition to serving on the department’s underwater recovery team, Lehner worked as a K-9 officer with his partner Shield, a 4-year-old German shepherd. Lehner also served as an Army National Guard military police officer for 16 years, assigned to the 105th military Police Company at Masten Armory in Buffalo. A staff sergeant, he was deployed to Iraq in 2011 and served at Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba in 2014 until 2015. During his time in the service, he was awarded more than a dozen medals, including the Army Commendation Medal, Air Assault Badge, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and five Army Achievement Medals.

On the day Officer Lehner is laid to rest, the Peace Bridge will be illuminated in blue along the bridge arches, truss, and spine. The lights will commence at dusk on Wednesday, October 25 and will continue until 1 a.m. The 176-foot Niagara Falls will also be awash in blue light for 15 minutes, at the top of every hour, from 7 – 11 p.m. to commemorate the life of Officer Craig Lehner.

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Effective:  Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Return to Full Staff:  Thursday, October 26, 2017

GOVERNOR CUOMO ORDERS FLAGS LOWERED IN HONOR OF VICTIMS OF LAS VEGAS MASS SHOOTING

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff today, October 2, until sunset on October 6, in conjunction with a federal proclamation, to honor the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting.

“Once again the nation mourns in the wake of yet another senseless and horrific mass shooting. New York stands with Las Vegas in the aftermath of this heinous and vile act of gun violence and my heart aches for its victims and their loved ones on this darkest of days.

“I have directed flags at state buildings to be flown at half-staff in the memory of the innocent lives lost and the others irreparably altered by this act of mass murder. How many more times must we see the effects of gun violence and feel the devastating effects of these shootings before we act as a country and as a people?

“While facts continue to be gathered, I have directed additional security measures at key points around the state as a precaution. The safety of New Yorkers and our visitors is our number one priority, and we are remaining vigilant and in close contact with local and federal officials and our partner law enforcement agencies.”

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Effective:  Beginning of Business, Monday, October 2, 2017

Return to Full Staff:  Sunset, Friday, October 6, 2017