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Condolences pour in with the passing of former President George H.W. Bush


In late 1993, President George H.W. and Mrs. Barbara Bush flew into the Stewart Air National Guard Base
en route for one of the president's final foreign policy speeches at West Point
(photo: Steve Gross)

MID-HUDSON – Condolences continue to pour in over the passing of former President George H.W. Bush. He died at age 94 on Friday.

US Senator Charles Schumer said he was “a fine man and even when he opposed your view, you knew he was doing what he thought was best for America. His yearning for a kinder and gentler nation seems more needed now than when he first called for it.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo directed all flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff in honor of the president from Tuesday, December 4 until his interment.

Cuomo called Bush “a statesman and patriot who dedicated his life to serving his country.”


State Republican Chairman Ed Cox said “America is better for his many significant achievements, especially in the foreign arena with the successful Gulf War, the peaceful end to the Cold War, the demise of the Soviet Union and the reunification of Germany.”

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney said President Bush “embodied such decency that even politics and ambition could not overcome it. He was a good man. He loved his family and his country and worked to keep both safe and sound. His life sets the standard for the character and patriotism essential to true public service.”

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro said Bush “set an example. A distinguished statesman, he understood the office he held and nation he led decency, strength and honor.”

Molinaro said the president “led an anxious world toward greater peace and sought to highlight the ‘thousand points of light’ that have always made America a beacon of hope and opportunity.”

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus said Bush was “a statesman and a dedicated public servant. He helped lead this country out of the Cold War with the Soviets almost three decades ago and was the epitome of a family man.”

Neuhaus said the former president was “a gentleman, earning respect from his peers in this country and abroad for the way he conducted himself and how he treated others.”

State Assemblyman and Senator-elect James Skoufis said Bush “was a great representative of the greatest generation. His decency was always apparent as was his unquestionable commitment to public service, qualities that are sorely missed in today’s Washington.”

“President Bush's life of public service should be an example to us all; from his days in the Navy to his service as President he demonstrated a love for country that will not soon be forgotten,” said Rockland County Executive Edwin Day. “Let us all pause today and think of how we can continue his legacy; through public service, through compassion and by leaving something better behind when we have passed.”

 


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