ALBANY, N.Y. (WBNG) — New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday directed flags to half-staff on all state government buildings in honor of New York Department of Transportation Maintenance Worker Dennis “Matt” Howe of Owego.
Howe died from injuries sustained last Wednesday when a tractor-trailer collided with his DOT truck on Route 17 in Nichols.
Flags will be flown at half-staff beginning today, March 19, until his burial, according to Cuomo.
The governor released the following statement:
“I am saddened by the loss of Matt Howe, a dedicated public servant and Department of Transportation employee, who passed away last night due to injuries from when a tractor trailer collided with a DOT truck in the work zone.
“Since 2006, Matt served DOT Region 9 and the people of the State of New York honorably. As a maintenance worker, he was a jack of all trades who was always eager to lend a hand to the team.
“His death is a tragic reminder of the dangers our workers face every day braving the elements and our roadways, all while looking out for the safety of one another. There is nothing routine about what our maintenance forces do to keep New York’s highways safe, and we have zero tolerance for anyone who flagrantly puts the lives and safety of our workers in jeopardy. This year I called for stricter protections for transportation workers to send a clear message that New York stands with our workers.
“In honor of Matt Howe and his service to the people of New York, I am directing that flags be flown at half-staff across this great state. On behalf of the entire family of New York, I extend my deepest condolences to his friends, colleagues and the loved ones he leaves behind.”
Honoring Dennis Matthew Howe: A flag hanging over Route 17 in Apalachin pays tribute to the @NYSDOT employee who died Monday after a crash last week. https://t.co/BKk0luGiXe pic.twitter.com/v7ehQJcy5z
— WBNG 12 News (@WBNG12News) March 19, 2019