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Cuomo on O’Rourke: “He will be dearly missed”

Posted By Jon Campbell On January 4, 2013 @ 3:34 pm In Other | Comments Disabled

Calling him a “close friend and colleague,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo remembered former Westchester County Executive Andrew O’Rourke for his “deep intellect, self-deprecating humor, and unwavering integrity.”

[1]O’Rourke died on Thursday at the age of 79 [2] after a lengthy illness.

“We will miss Andy’s vigor and passion for serving the public, as well as his humor which had the power to gracefully disarm political opponents as well as ease the tension of a heated debate in the courtroom,” Cuomo said in a statement. Despite our political differences, my family and I have always considered Andy a close friend and colleague, and he will be dearly missed.

O’Rourke, a Republican, served as Westchester executive from 1983 to 1997.

Cuomo’s full statement is after the jump.more->

“Today we mourn the loss of Andy O’Rourke, who served New Yorkers and the residents of Westchester and the Hudson Valley throughout a long and dignified career in public service, both as a county executive and a judge. Andy always put his deep intellect, self-deprecating humor, and unwavering integrity toward serving the people of New York.

“We will miss Andy’s vigor and passion for serving the public, as well as his humor which had the power to gracefully disarm political opponents as well as ease the tension of a heated debate in the courtroom. Despite our political differences, my family and I have always considered Andy a close friend and colleague, and he will be dearly missed. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I send my condolences to Andy’s family and friends.”

(The Journal News file photo)


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