GOVERNOR CUOMO DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF ASSEMBLYMAN DENNY FARRELL
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, May 29 in honor of Assemblyman Denny Farrell.
"I am heartbroken by the passing of my friend, mentor and partner-in-government Denny Farrell. Denny was a compassionate leader, a brilliant political mind and a trailblazer who left an indelible mark on New York politics. He was part of a previous generation of leaders, along with Mayor David Dinkins, Basil Paterson, Congressman Charlie Rangel and my father Governor Mario Cuomo, on whose shoulders today's generation stands.
"Denny exemplified the best of politics. He was a true public servant who taught all of us what it means to be in elected office. He was fearless in his pursuit of justice.
"Denny also believed in my father when others did not, and he took me in when I was a 23-year-old campaign manager for my father. And he continued to be an inspiration for me throughout my career.
"My father once said about Denny, 'Denny is a giant in a world of little people.' In the world of politics where everything is expediency and calculating, he was a man who stood up and acted out of principle, consequences be damned. We will forever be grateful for the legacy of Denny Farrell."