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PEF President Wayne Spence issued the following statement on May 26 regarding the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, N.Y. and Uvalde, Texas:

“As a father and the president of a union whose members provide public services to New Yorkers, I am horrified by the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas.  Do we really have to worry every time our loved ones go to work or school that they might not come home?  In the United States of America?  We can and must do better.  Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by these horrific events. The Public Employees Federation is committed to doing its part to stop this senseless violence, including making sure that everyone in New York who needs mental health services has the opportunity to access them in a safe and timely manner.”