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Hochul directs flags to half staff in honor of Colorado shooting victims

Gov. Kahty Hochul stands at a podium and speaks into a microphone.
Kevin P. Coughlin
Office of the Governor
Gov. Kathy Hochul delivers the weekly COVID-19 update briefing for New York State at the governor’s New York City office on Thursday September 30, 2021.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has directed flags to half staff on all state government buildings following the shooting at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado over the weekend.

"The senseless loss of life in Colorado Springs is yet another tragedy due to gun violence and discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community," Hochul said in a statement Sunday.

She indicated in the statement that New York police are also stepping up surveillance and protection measures in communities deemed at risk of hate crimes.

Hochul said the state is the birthplace of the LGBTQ+ rights movement and will stand with the community to ensure that every New Yorker may live with the dignity and quality they deserve.