On Thursday morning, the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio sent a press release announcing that City Hall would be lit orange to mark the final day of National Gun Violence Awareness Month. Not to be outdone, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced, an hour later, that 1 World Trade Center would also be lit orange.
“As National Gun Violence Awareness Month comes to a close, we will light City Hall orange in honor of those we have lost to senseless gun violence,” the mayor said in his release, sent at 10:54 am. “By lighting City Hall orange, we reiterate our pledge to combat gun violence and promote common-sense legislation that will save lives throughout this city and this nation.”
At 12:04 pm, the governor chimed in. “Tonight, in recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Month, I am directing One World Trade Center be lit orange as a tribute to the victims lost in Orlando and all those around the world who have been affected by gun violence,” read his email.
“We made the decision yesterday,” Cuomo spokesman John Kelly told Gawker in an email. The governor’s office coordinated with the Port Authority and the Durst Organization, which manage 1WTC. The mayor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment about when they made their decision to light City Hall orange.
We can only applaud the governor and the mayor for setting aside their differences to engage in this bilateral display of solidarity. Very big of you both.