April 3, 2009
AFT Media Affairs
Joint Statement by AFT President Randi Weingarten
and NYSUT President Richard Iannuzzi on Binghamton, N.Y., Tragedy
BUFFALO, N.Y.—The president of the 1.4-million-member American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, and New York State United Teachers President Richard C. Iannuzzi, together in Buffalo, N.Y., for NYSUT's annual Representative Assembly, expressed deep sorrow today over the loss of life at the American Civic Association building in Binghamton.
"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-from our skilled social workers, psychologists, guidance counselors, nurses and other public employees-to Binghamton, its university, its community colleges and its schools. At a time like this, we need to stand together as a family would for all those whose lives have been disrupted by this tragedy."
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The AFT represents more than 1.4 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.