BUFFALO, N.Y. April 3, 2009 - The president of the 1.4-million-member American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, and New York State United Teachers President Richard C. Iannuzzi, in Buffalo for NYSUT's annual Representative Assembly, expressed deep sorrow today over the loss of life at the American Civic Association.
"We are deeply saddened by today's tragic shooting in Binghamton. Once again, a peaceful community is confronted with random and senseless violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in New York's Southern Tier, especially the victims and their families.
"Members of the AFT and NYSUT stand ready to provide support to the city of Binghamton, its university and community colleges, and its schools from skilled social workers, psychologists, guidance counselors, nurses and other public employees. At a time like this, we need to stand together as a family would for all those whose lives have been disrupted by this tragic day."