How NY and local elected officials are reacting to the Russia-Ukraine crisis
All eyes are on Ukraine as Russia is attacking the country at its eastern border, and the invasion is expected to grow. NPR reported a U.S. official predicts the goal is to overtake the Ukranian capital. Elected officials across the state and in the Syracuse region are condemning the action and offering support to the Ukranian people.
1. Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh
2. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul
My prayers are with the Ukrainian people – including those right here in New York who are scared for their family and loved ones.— Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) February 24, 2022
We condemn this unjustified and unprovoked attack, and all the bloodshed and suffering it will cause.
3. New York Rep. John Katko (24th District)
.@RepJohnKatko on Pres. Biden's announcement of new sanctions aimed at Russia: "I think that the sanctions are definitely a step in the right direction...We definitely need to see more from Biden as well as his Western allies." https://t.co/Jw0Xc4X9dr pic.twitter.com/IFDZCI4X2h— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) February 23, 2022
4. New York Rep. Claudia Tenney (22nd District)
5. New York State Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay
6. New York's U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
"My prayers are with the people of Ukraine in this terrible moment. President Putin's unprovoked, unnecessary and unjustified war will inflict needless suffering on the people of Ukraine and has threatened the security of the entire world. The U.S. must lead the effort to hold Russia accountable. Together with our allies, the U.S. must impose crushing sanctions on Russia and strengthen the defenses of our NATO allies. The world must be united and resolute against this act of aggression."
7. New York Rep. Jeremy Cooney (56th District)
"The actions by Russia are, and continue to be, an unprovoked act of war and should be condemned by all those who believe in democracy and peace. We stand with our Ukrainian Rochesterians as well as their families abroad." #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/bACT3UWyfC— Senator Jeremy Cooney (@SenatorCooney) February 24, 2022
8. New York Rep. Elijah Reichlin-Melnick (38th District)
Russia’s unprovoked and illegal invasion of Ukraine demands the strongest possible response. The world must stand united against the latest murderous European dictator who seeks to impose his corrupt ideology on weaker countries.— Elijah Reichlin-Melnick (@Elijah4Senate) February 24, 2022