In response to the recent surprise attack on Israel by Hamas militants, Governor Kathy Hochul has taken a symbolic step to show New York’s unwavering support for the nation.
The governor has directed several iconic landmarks across the state to be illuminated in blue and white, the colors of the Israeli flag, as a gesture of solidarity.
“New York stands with Israel – today and every day,” declared Governor Hochul in an official statement. “New York is proud to be home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel, and as Governor, I am committed to doing everything in my power to ensure this community is supported, uplifted, and protected.”
The list of landmarks that will be bathed in blue and white light includes the following:
– One World Trade Center
– Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
– The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
– Empire State Plaza
– State Fairgrounds – Main Gate & Expo Center
– Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
– Niagara Falls
– Moynihan Train Hall
– The Walkway Over the Hudson State Park and Friends of the Walkway Over the Hudson
– Kosciuszko Bridge
– Albany International Airport Gateway
Governor Hochul delivered her remarks at Temple Israel in Albany on Saturday, condemning the attacks as “horrific” and pledging support for those affected. She also revealed her efforts to assist New Yorkers in Israel and expressed her deep concern for their well-being.
“As the governor of the largest Jewish population outside of Israel—something I’m enormously proud of—New York feels uniquely impacted,” Governor Hochul emphasized. “I spent the day making phone calls, checking in on people, figuring they’re in New York. I can’t tell you how many answered and said, ‘No, I’m in a shelter in Jerusalem’ or ‘I’m in Tel Aviv.’ They answered their calls. They knew it was the governor. But they gave me in real-time a description of what they were going through—the sounds, the smells, and the sights—and just how devastating it was for them as human beings.”
Earlier on the same day, Governor Hochul directed the State Police to collaborate with local law enforcement, including the NYPD, to ensure the protection of houses of worship and other potentially vulnerable sites. Although there are no confirmed threats at this time, officials remain vigilant, monitoring the situation in coordination with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.
Governor Hochul concluded her remarks with a message of hope and resilience. “Today will go down in history as a black mark on humanity—man’s inhumanity to man,” she stated. “But the next day’s story will be one of perseverance, resilience, and fighting back. And as your governor, I look forward to being at the forefront of that fight.”
Additionally, Governor Hochul reached out to Israel’s acting consul general in New York to convey the state’s unwavering support during these challenging times.