The following is a statement from Kathy Hochul:
"On September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden, the world's most sought-after terrorist, led al Qaeda in carrying out the largest terrorist attack in American history, murdering 2,977 innocent citizens from around the world.
"The subsequent war in Afghanistan has now waged on for nearly a decade and this evening, in a targeted operation in Pakistan, the United States has accomplished their ultimate goal and killed Osama bin Laden. As President Obama said, this is the "most significant achievement, to date, in our nation's effort to defeat al Qaeda.'
"While bin Laden's death signals a major victory in our fight against the terrorist group, this does not mean the threat of terrorism against the American people, or innocent civilians throughout the world, is any less. We must continue to be vigilant and continue to be cautious against all threats from around the globe.
"I can only now thank the thousands of service men and women who have served our country over the last 10 years and the thousands of families who have sacrificed so much to keep our nation safe.
"I commend President Obama for his decisive leadership and the special forces who carried out this operation for their tireless work.
"While nothing can compensate the thousands who lost their loved ones on that terrible September day, I can only hope that the death of Osama bin Laden can provide a bit of relief to the families who lost so much that morning. Even with this significant closure, we must never forget those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001."