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PEF President Wayne Spence sent the following message to members of the union on May 18.

PEF was devastated to learn about the tragic events that occurred in Buffalo last Saturday. Our hearts are breaking for the victims, families, and community. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of Buffalo.

We were also shocked to learn that the shooter is the son of two PEF members.

PEF has been and will always be committed to fighting against hate and for equality and justice for all.

Resources are available for members who are processing the tragedy and wish to speak to someone. Call the New York State Employee Assistance Program hotline at (800) 822-0244 for more information.

Members who wish to help – either on the ground in Buffalo or from afar with donations – can visit the links below for details.

FeedMore WNY needs volunteers to assemble and distribute meal kits to residents in the neighborhood.

The United Way is coordinating donations to two funds established to assist survivors of the deceased and others directly impacted by the tragedy.