Why are the Flags at Half Staff Today?
For Immediate Release: 1/27/2022
GOVERNOR KATHY HOCHUL
GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF TO HONOR FALLEN NYPD OFFICERS RIVERA AND MORA
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced flags on state buildings will be flown at half-staff on Jan. 28 in honor of fallen New York Police Officers Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora. Flags should be lowered to half-staff at sunrise on Jan. 28, the day of Officer Rivera's funeral service, and returned to full-staff at sunset on Feb. 2, following Officer Mora's funeral service.
"The losses of Officer Rivera and Officer Mora are felt widely and deeply by all New Yorkers - my thoughts are with their families and loved ones," Governor Hochul said. "Today we mourn as they are laid to rest, but tomorrow we must work to eradicate the epidemic gun violence has become in our communities. We must get to the root of this issue to prevent tragedies like this from happening. New Yorkers deserve elected officials that will work for them to solve this problem and that is exactly what they will get."