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Contact: Janine Kava, Press Office
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services/Crime Victims Board
(518) 457-8906 or (518) 275-5508 – cell

For immediate release:
Monday, April 3, 2009

Statement from New York State Crime Victims Board Chair Tina M. Stanford

“At this time of tragedy, I wish to echo the words of Governor Paterson and offer, on behalf of the Crime Victims Board and its staff, our thoughts and prayers to the victims, their families and the entire Binghamton community. I also would like to acknowledge and commend the efforts of all the first responders – law enforcement, medical providers and victim advocates, especially our partners at the Crime Victims Assistance Center – who mobilized immediately to assist those in need. The board is committed to working with anyone affected by today’s terrible events to determine how we may be able to help. It is our hope that any assistance we can provide will offer a measure of comfort, support and peace of mind during this very difficult time.”

The Crime Victims Board may be able to provide emergency awards for victims (up to $2,500) and their family members, as well as provide payment of medical and funeral expenses, compensation for lost wages and reimbursement of essential personal property damaged or destroyed as a result of the incident.

Individuals may contact the board directly at 1-800-247-8035 or visit www.ovs.ny.gov for more information. They also may contact the Crime Victims Assistance Center in Binghamton at 723-3200.