The Bronx, NY — Former Bronx State Senator Guy Velella died yesterday, January 26, 2011, at the age of 66 after a painful batttle with lung cancer. He served over three decades in the state Legislature.
Senator Jeff Klein said, “Senator Velella will be remembered in my district for his dedication and service to the community. I’m a Democrat and he was a Republican. But, when it came to our mutual constituents, we worked together and never let partisanship trump people. My thoughts and prayers are with Senator Velella’s family during this difficult time.”
Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson said, "Senator Guy J. Velella will truly be missed. For the 28 years that he represented the residents of The Bronx and Westchester County, Senator Velella was a tenacious advocate for his constituents, and his activism extended far beyond those two counties. He fought for all New Yorkers.
"During my terms as Councilwoman in the City of Mount Vernon, Senator Guy Velella was our representative. There were many times when we worked closely together, and the advice and guidance that he provided to me was invaluable, especially when I was elected to the Senate. Political differences were not of the utmost importance – serving our constituents was what mattered most. He showed me the ropes and was not only a colleague, but also, a friend.
"I would like to extend my sincerest sympathies to his family members, and let them know that the legacy he left will be remembered far into the future."