Hochul shares messages of fellowship and change in the WNY church

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY — Gov. Kathy Hochul shared a message of community and change during a stopover in western New York on Sunday. She spent the morning at a service in Williamsville.

It was a morning of praise and worship at Zion Dominion Global Ministries.

Among the congregation on Sunday was the governor of New York.

“Where I come from has given me the strength and resilience to be that voice for people across the state,” Hochul said.

She was no stranger to this church, she came with inspiring words.

“I’m here to say to you as governor that I want every child in upstate New York to have the same opportunities that I have,” she said.

It’s something that resonated with churchgoers.

“A lot of people out here have rocks in their pockets and are going home to shoot you, but she’s a woman of resilience,” said evangelist Marsha McWilson of Zion Dominion Global Ministries. “All stones cannot stop them.”

Just four months after the mass shooting at the Tops supermarket on Jefferson Avenue, which police described as “racially motivated violent extremism,” the message to uplift your neighbors resonates even more.

“I will take this pain, take this pain and bring it back to Albany and do more to protect our streets, our children and our families,” Hochul said.

She vowed to keep working on gun safety laws and to step up background checks and gun safety.

She also pledged to provide communities like East Buffalo with the resources they need.

“It’s a forgotten fellowship and I’m glad people are coming together now and understanding the importance of uniting,” said Bobby Fonville, elder of Zion Dominion Global Ministries.

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