December 22, 2018

Speaker Heastie Statement on the Passing of Former Assembly Majority Leader Daniel B. Walsh

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of former Assembly Majority Leader Daniel B. Walsh.

Dan's commitment to public service began with a tour in Korea with the U.S. Army's 7th Infantry Division. A teacher and a coach, Walsh began his career in public office serving in the Cattaraugus County Legislature. He later ran for Assembly and in 1979 was named the first Majority Leader from upstate New York. Later, as the leader of the Business Council of New York State, he represented thousands of the state's businesses, large and small.

Dan had an ability to reach across the aisle to get people - Democrat or Republican - to work together. He was a dedicated public servant, relentless in his advocacy not only for his community, but for all New Yorkers.

On behalf of his New York State Assembly family, I offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends.