The passing of folk legend and activist Pete Seeger has garnered reaction from several local and national officials, including President Barack Obama and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“But more importantly, he believed in the power of community—to stand up for what’s right, speak out against what’s wrong, and move this country closer to the America he knew we could be,” Obama said. “Over the years, Pete used his voice—and his hammer—to strike blows for worker’s rights and civil rights; world peace and environmental conservation. And he always invited us to sing along.”
Cuomo said Seeger “used his music to make our society and state a better place.”
“He was a champion of civil rights, labor, peace and the environment who used his influence to try and improve the country we live in,” Cuomo said. “As we continue to make New York State the progressive capital of the nation, we are proud to have been the place Pete called home.”
Seeger’s legislative representatives weighed in as well, including Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston, who said the Hudson Valley “will long remember and share in the fruits of Pete Seeger’s legacy for years to come.”
Sen. Terry Gipson, D-Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, said he was “grateful to have been touched by (Seeger’s) celebrated life.”
“Pete Seeger will certainly be missed, but his music and his legacy will live on in the Hudson Valley and around the world,” Gipson said.
(Poughkeepsie Journal file photo)