While at the GOP convention in Cleveland, Assemblyman Steve Hawley said he decided to organize an effort to honor the men and women of law enforcement, so he called on people in New York on Friday to wear blue.
Yesterday afternoon, Hawley, along with County Legislator Ray Cianfrini and City Councilman Adam Tabelski met at the Sheriff's Office on Park Road, Batavia, to tell representatives of the Sheriff's Office, State Police and Batavia PD that they appreciate their service to the community.
"I couldn't be prouder of what you do every single day, whether you're in the City of Batavia, whether you're in the County of Genesee or in Monroe County or the State of New York," Hawley said. "It's not an easy job. It never has been. When you put on that badge and uniform today more than ever you never know what's going to happen."
Hawley's call for support of local law enforcement comes in the wake of tragedies in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La.
"I can't imagine what you go through every time you put on the badge," Hawley said.
Tabelski said he appreciating the dedication police officers bring to their jobs.
"When you're hired as a police officer, it's more than just a job," Tabelski said. "It's a calling. It's something you are passionate about. We know about the difficulties you have to deal with and all the inconveniences you have to deal with, a lot more than just having to wear long sleeves on a hot day, so on behalf of the city, I just want to say, 'thank you.' "
Below, Hawley with members of the California Highway Patrol in Cleveland (photo submitted by Steve Hawley).
The staff at Tompkins Financial also expressed their support Friday by wearing blue.
Staff of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C., Law Offices on Harvester Avenue.