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Gov. Cuomo lights WTC spire in Italian flag colors

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NEW YORK — Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the lights of One World Trade Center to be lit in green, white and red Thursday night in honor of earthquake victims in Italy.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my condolences to the men, women and children who lost their lives from the earthquake that devastated Italy,” Cuomo said in a news release.

“The people of Italy have shown courage and resilience throughout this natural disaster, and New Yorkers continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers. While the true extent of the damage is still to be determined, we are closely monitoring the situation. New York stands ready to lend our support in the weeks and months to come – just as Italy did for New Yorkers in our time of need.”

New York’s diverse community includes more than 2.7 million Italian Americans, according to a news release.

“New York and Italy are more than allies. We are family,” the release reads.

Italy’s civil protection service said that 250 people were killed by the earthquake in central Italy Wednesday morning. 365 people have been injured.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.