Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that three iconic New York State buildings will shine purple in acknowledgment of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. One World Trade Center in Manhattan will be lit on Saturday, October 1 to mark the beginning of the state’s awareness efforts, and the Governor Alfred E. Smith and SUNY Plaza buildings in Albany will be illuminated in purple throughout the month of October. The Mid-Hudson Bridge will also feature purple lights through the month as part of the state’s “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” campaign.
“Bathed in the color that has come to symbolize domestic violence awareness, these landmarks serve as acknowledgment that we as New Yorkers will not be silent about this social pandemic,” Governor Cuomo said. “The purple light beaming down from our state’s tallest buildings serve as symbolic recognition of the impact of domestic violence on thousands of New Yorkers, and is a reminder that our work to support victims and break the cycle of abuse remains critically necessary today.”
Governor Cuomo also encourages all New Yorkers to participate in the Shine the Light campaign by wearing purple on Thursday, Oct. 20. Now in its ninth year, hundreds of individuals, municipalities, organizations, law enforcement agencies, businesses, colleges and universities across the state opt to participate in this annual campaign.