Schenectady, NY… Liz Joy, candidate for Congress in NY-20, today released the following statement in response to the BLM occupation at Albany Police Department’s South Station.

“The BLM protest at the Albany Police Department’s South Station is a disgrace and is putting our brave men and women of law enforcement in increasing danger every day it is allowed to continue. I stand with the Albany Police Department and all members of our law enforcement community and I call on our elected officials to join me and help bring an end to the violence. Unfortunately, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Congressman Paul Tonko are to blame for the violence in the first place with dangerous rhetoric and policy. Where are they now when violence is happening right in front of our police station and putting police officers in harm’s way?

“At a time when police morale is at an all-time low, our elected leaders need to be 100% behind the police, especially when they are confronted with dangerous situations like the ongoing BLM occupation at the Albany Police Department.

“I was honored to have the endorsement of the Albany Police Officers Union, along with many other unions representing the brave men and women of law enforcement who keep our families and communities safe, and I look forward to earning their support again. I #backtheblue and will never apologize for it. I have always stood with our amazing law enforcement community and I will continue to stand with them as the next Congresswoman from NY-20.”

I grew up in the gorgeous foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York. While attending college, I met the love of my life, and now husband of 30 years.

It was while my husband was Active Duty Medical Corps that I began to fully appreciate the magnitude of freedoms we have in this great country called America. As we moved from military base to military base, I witnessed first-hand the sacrifices military men and women endured to maintain these freedoms on a daily basis. They selflessly gave and sacrificed with unparalleled patriotism for a land they proudly defended and protected.

Years later, while we were stationed at Ft. Sam Houston in Texas, I watched our home state be ruthlessly attacked by Islamic terrorists on TV. New York’s Twin Towers decimated, the destruction of the Military’s Headquarters at the Pentagon, and the heroic death of my friend’s brave son on Flight 93. Countless lives taken as an act of war.

Since that time I’ve actively spoken and written about the importance of fighting for our constitutional freedoms and amendments. I’ve also worked on campaigns and done whatever I could to help strong candidates get into public office.