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Why Is The Flag Flying At Half-Staff Today?

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:>