FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2009
STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON THE PASSING OF SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY
"There will never be another first family of American politics like the Kennedys, and there will never be another United States Senator like Ted Kennedy. Inspired by the noblest of ideals - a life of service in pursuit of justice, equality, and peace - Senator Kennedy's compassion and charisma were matched only by his extraordinary legislative accomplishments over five decades. It was a great honor to join him last April for President Obama's signing of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which will ensure that his legacy of service will live on in the good works of millions of Americans for years to come.
"Senator Kennedy was much more than a great liberal lion and master orator. He was a pragmatist who reached across the aisle to pass legislation that has improved the lives of people around the world. I particularly admired his bi-partisan leadership on health care, education, and immigration reform, and he was a critical ally in our efforts to ensure that all 9/11 first responders receive the care and treatment they deserve. But more than all that, I will remember Senator Kennedy as a gracious and generous man, a man with a big heart and a ready laugh, a man who endured terrible family tragedy, and who guided his loved ones - and the whole country - through some of our darkest days.
"Today, on behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest condolences to his wife, Victoria, his sister Jean, his children, and his entire extended family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them."
Stu Loeser (212) 788-2958