Elected Officials Mourn The Passing of Cardinal Egan

Statement of Governor Andrew Cuomo

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Edward Cardinal Egan. Throughout his life, Cardinal Egan encouraged others to devote themselves to the greater good. His thoughtful and compassionate stewardship helped New Yorkers grieve and recover following the events of September 11, 2001. Cardinal Egan had a powerful and positive impact on our state and the world that will continue to be felt for years to come. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to the Cardinal’s family and friends, as well as the greater Catholic community throughout New York State.”

Statement of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Cardinal Edward M. Egan, a man whom hundreds of thousands looked up to as a spiritual role model and who represented his faith and the faith of all Catholics as an exemplary servant of God.

“Cardinal Egan presided over the New York Archdiocese for nine years and was an inspiration to his more than 2.5 million parishioners and to numerous Catholics all over the world. The cardinal was one of America’s most visible and respected Catholic leaders, and was especially strong for the people of this city in the aftermath of the terror attacks of 9/11. We will miss him.”

Statement from State Senator Jeff Klein

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of His Eminence, Edward Cardinal Egan, the former Archbishop of New York City. I extend my deepest prayers and sympathies to his family and the members of the Roman Catholic Church who mourn his passing. Beloved Cardinal Egan’s spirituality touched so many New Yorkers, particularly on September 11 when he administered last rites to those in their final moments of life. His legacy of increasing parishioner rolls, school enrollment and fighting for funding for religious and independent schools in my district will always be remembered. My condolences go out to the entire Catholic community.”

Statement from State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos

I am saddened to hear of the sudden passing of His Eminence, Edward
Cardinal Egan, who was a true inspiration to people of all faiths in New
York and throughout the country.

With the passing of Cardinal Egan, New York has today lost one of its
preeminent Catholic leaders; however, the kingdom of Heaven has gained a
good and faithful servant for the ages.  Cardinal Egan will be profoundly

Council Member Andy King, Co-Chair of the Black, Latino & Asian Caucus (City Council)

“My heart is with the extended family of the late Edward Cardinal Egan, New York’s 2.5 million Catholics who are mourning the loss of an esteemed leader of faith.  I recall his pastoral leadership especially after our city’s tragedy on 9/11, as well as his commitment to stewarding the institution of the Archdiocese of New York and the schools and social services that it provides for New Yorkers of diverse faiths.  It is a blessing that his passing [Thursday] afternoon was a peaceful one and today, we remember him in life, a life lived fully in Christ.”

This post has been updated to include CM King’s statement.

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