Rainbow Flag Flies at Binghamton City Hall
In the aftermath of the mass shooting at a Florida gay nightclub, Binghamton Mayor Richard David has directed that the rainbow pride flag be flown at half-staff in front of City Hall.
The rainbow flag most recently had been raised at City Hall in a ceremony on June 4 to mark Pride Month.
The mayor released a statement expressing support for those touched by Sunday's tragedy in Orlando:
"The City of Binghamton, with all Americans, stands in support of the City of Orlando during this horrific time. Unfortunately, Binghamton is no stranger to this type of inexplicable violence. Like Binghamton, Orlando has already shown it is a community of remarkable resiliency. However, Orlando will need time to heal from this unprecedented act of terror. We are here to offer our prayers and support to the victims' families, first responders and the entire community."
The mayor's statement concluded: "I have instructed the rainbow LGBT pride flag to be flown at City Hall at half-mast - a symbol of solidarity with our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents who are especially heartbroken by Sunday's attack. We are united in grief."
A gunman killed 13 people and wounded four others in an attack at the American Civic Association building on Front Street in Binghamton on April 3, 2009.
For breaking news and updates on developing stories, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.