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Cuomo not at today's funeral service for Lehner

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was not at today's funeral for Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul did attend the funeral, and Cuomo ordered the American flag flown at half staff on state buildings today.

The governor was scheduled to make an announcement this morning at a hospital in Glens Falls, and then travel to Staten Island in the late afternoon for an appearance at another hospital.

 

In July, Cuomo attended the Watertown-area funeral for State Trooper Joel Davis, who was shot and killed as he responded to a domestic dispute, in which a husband killed his wife.

Also in July, Cuomo attended a wake for New York City Detective Miosotis Familia, who was shot and killed while sitting inside her police vehicle.

In October 2016, he attended the funeral of Trooper Timothy P. Pratt, who was hit and killed in a car accident as he tried to help the driver of a tractor trailer make a U-turn north of Albany.

And in December 2014, Cuomo spoke at a funeral service for NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos, who, with partner Wenjian Liu, was slain execution-style by an assassin who wanted to end the lives of police officers. The killer then shot himself.

But in September 2014, Cuomo did not attend the funeral for the first Rochester police officer killed in the line of duty in more than 50 years. Officer Daryl Pierson was shot and killed by a man wanted for a parole violation, who fled from a traffic stop.

In May 2015, Cuomo drew criticism from police union leaders for his spotty record of attending the state's annual Police Officers’ Memorial Remembrance Ceremony, an event in Albany that honors officers who died in the line of duty.

Cuomo, however, consistently issues statements marking the line-of-duty deaths of law enforcement officials, and when he does not attend a funeral his lieutenant governor does. Officer Pierson's funeral was attended by then-Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, a former Rochester mayor and police chief.

Lehner died while training with the Buffalo police dive team.

Cuomo, according to his public schedule, was to make an announcement at the Glens Falls Hospital in Warren County at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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