Statement from Governor David Paterson on New York shooting massacre

April 4th, 2009 - 8:36 am ICT by admin  

New York, NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) — “Earlier today, I spoke with Vice President Joe Biden, who wished to extend his, President Obama’s and First Lady Michelle Obama’s condolences and prayers to the families of those who were affected by today’s shooting, and all citizens of Binghamton, the Southern Tier and New York State.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I would like to express our profound outrage at this senseless act of violence, where innocent people were killed, injured and traumatized. This is the worst tragedy in the history of this great city. It is time for all of us to come together and end this cycle of senseless violence.

“The American Civic Association was established for those who wanted to become citizens of the United States of America. This place was a haven for those who wanted to be part of the American Dream. Today, that dream was tragically thwarted. But there still is an American Dream, and all of us who are Americans, or who want to become Americans, will now try to heal the very deep wounds in the city of Binghamton.

“I am hopeful that this case will be brought to immediate resolution and the citizens of Binghamton will feel safe tonight. But we all have a profound sadness and sorrow over what our neighbors have had to go through today.

“I want to thank the Binghamton Police Department, the Broome County Sheriff’s Department, the New York State Police, the State Office of Emergency Management, the Office of Mental Health, the Crime Victims Board, the Office of Temporary Disability Assistance, Catholic Charities of Broome County and all the other agencies of Binghamton and the State that coordinated so effectively today. We will continue to provide any and all assistance that is needed.

“I ask all New Yorkers to keep the victims and their families in their thoughts. I ask all New Yorkers to pray for those who are recovering.”

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