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The Latest: Mayor, faith leaders condemn synagogue shooting

October 28, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New York City public officials and religious leaders gathering to condemn the Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting (all times local):

3:34 p.m.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of Saturday’s mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue and Friday’s slayings of two black grocery store patrons in Kentucky.

The Democrat says flags will be lowered Monday through sunset on Nov. 4. Cuomo says the entire nation has been shaken by the two shootings and by the attempted political bombings of prominent figures in the Democrat Party, including New York residents Hillary Clinton and George Soros, as well as CNN’s Manhattan studios.

With New York state having the largest Jewish population outside Israel, Cuomo said he’ll work to ensure religious institutions are free from violence and intolerance.

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2:48 p.m.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has joined New York’s religious leaders and other elected officials to condemn the Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting and vowing to protect the city’s Jewish communities from violence.

The Democrat was joined outside a Manhattan synagogue Sunday afternoon by Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders, including Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

De Blasio said the people of New York stand with the 11 victims of Saturday’s shooting and their families. He said “violence against people because of their faith does not represent out values.”

De Blasio says city police will be out in force to protect synagogues and Jewish centers.

Earlier Sunday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joined with the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition and religious leaders to speak out against “anti-Semitism, bigotry, and hate in all its forms.”