Families of Killed Service Members Will Get Flags

ALBANY (AP) -

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 under a law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday.

Flags flying at half-staff have long been a tradition at the state Capitol. But until now, they were retired after their initial use, rather than given to the families as is often done with flags flown in Washington. Flags will be presented to families at no cost. Cuomo said the cost to the state will be minimal.