January 19, 2017
Albany, NY

Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Wayne Barrett

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“Wayne Barrett’s passing is a tremendous loss for the people of the great state of New York. Wayne was a lion in the field of journalism. For decades, Wayne was the conscience of New York. He had a profound impact on policy and government because of his dogged determination to hold those in power accountable. 

“As a public official who was subjected to Wayne’s scrutiny many times, I can attest that his intellect, tenacity, and knowledge were second to none. He did his job without malice and with an absolute dedication to the facts.

“Wayne was a truth finder and a truth teller regardless of whether it was convenient, popular, or easy. Wayne was never afraid to speak truth to power, and those who listened were the better for it.

“At a time in the world in which substantive and respected journalism is vital, today is a painful loss. My heart goes out to Wayne’s family, including his son Mac and his beloved wife Fran who is a valuable member of my team, performing crucial work on behalf of the most vulnerable people of New York each and every day.”

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