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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Gov. Kathy Hochul spoke at the Annual Police Officers’ Memorial Ceremony at the Empire State Plaza. This year’s ceremony recognizes 101 officers:

  • Eight officers from the state Attorney General’s Office, CSX Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, New York City Police Department (NYPD), and Port Authority Police Department who died in the line of duty before 2019
  • 10 NYPD officers who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020
  • 83 officers from the NYPD, PAPD, New York State Police, state Department of Environmental Conservation Police, Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, Harrison Police Department, and Suffolk County Police Department who died of illnesses from their work at Ground Zero in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001

With their names added, the memorial now honors 1,668 fallen officers.

“We’re remembering 101 brave women and men who gave their lives in order to protect and serve the people of New York State, and it’s vital that we honor their contributions to our public safety,” Hochul said. “These brave officers put their lives in harm’s way so the rest of us could stay safe, and we will never forget the selfless contributions they, their families, and their loved ones have made.”

Hochul also directed the following landmarks to be illuminated blue Tuesday night to honor fallen police:

  • One World Trade Center
  • Grand Central Terminal – Pershing Square Viaduct
  • MTA LIRR – East End Gateway at Penn Station
  • The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
  • The Kosciuszko Bridge
  • The Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge
  • The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
  • State Education Building
  • Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
  • Albany International Airport Gateway
  • The Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex
  • The Main Gate and Expo Center at the State Fairgrounds
  • Niagara Falls

Take a look at Hochul’s remarks below:

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