Service Members' Families Will Get Half-Staff Flags
The flags flown at half-staff at New York's Capitol in honor of servicemen and women killed in action will be given to the service members' families.
That's under a law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Sunday.
Flags flying at half-staff have long been a tradition at the state Capitol. Until now, flags haven't been given to the families as is often done with flags flown in Washington.
The law creates the Lt. Col. Todd Clark Memorial Flag Presentation Program. Flags flown in honor of fallen servicemen and women will be presented to their families at no cost.
Clark, of Guilderland, was a 17-year Army veteran who was killed in June in Afghanistan.
The bill was sponsored by Sen. Hugh Farley and Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy.