"I am deeply saddened by the passing of Assembly Member David Gantt - a career public servant who never left his neighborhood and always took care of his community.
"I've known and worked with David for decades - from my father's administration to my time at HUD through my time as governor. Like his mother Lena, David spent his career fighting poverty and advocating for the underserved. We shared a mutual respect for one another, in part because we both came from strong mothers who taught us the value of doing good for others. He was plain spoken and always let you know where he stood, and I will miss his friendship and presence in the Capitol.
"On behalf of the family of New York, I send my deepest condolences to David's family and loved ones during this difficult time."