Politicians Remember Fallen Labor Leader

Ed Malloy (photo: local137.com)

Ed Malloy, a labor powerhouse who was, up until recently, president of the New York City and New York State Building and Construction Trades councils, tragically passed away earlier today.

Accordingly, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and others sent out statements honoring Mr. Malloy, which you can view below:

From Governor Cuomo:

“Today we mourn the passing of Ed Malloy, who for decades stood up for the working men and women of New York and helped build the state into the great place it is today.

“For the years that Ed served as president of the New York City and New York State Building and Construction Trades councils representing over 200,000 union members, he worked tirelessly with public officials, investors, and labor leaders to get major infrastructure projects off the ground and create jobs in every corner of the state. Ed pioneered the Project Pathways agreement and Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills that changed the face of the construction industry and opened the door for more than a thousand young, diverse New Yorkers to launch successful careers in the building trades. He was an early partner in forging the public-private partnerships that have helped pave the way toward building a new Tappan Zee Bridge.

“Above all else, Ed was a gentleman and a true New Yorker: putting the interests of others and service to his country and community above all else, including serving in armed forces and in numerous roles in public life. I send my condolences to his friends and family.”

From Mayor Bloomberg:

“Ed Malloy – the former President of the New York City and New York State Building and Construction Trades Council – has passed away. I think his passing will be mourned by all who had the privilege to know Ed. He was a friend to the City, he was a friend to me, and he was someone for whom I’ve always had an enormous amount of respect. Ed, for decades, helped build New York and his legacy, I think, can be seen all across our city in projects big and small. And it’s no exaggeration to say that without his leadership, we wouldn’t have hundreds of schools, office buildings and parks in our city, and we might not have the stadium that brings us here today: the new home of the New York Mets, Citi Field.”

From Majority Leader Dean Skelos:

It was with sadness that I learned today of the passing of Ed Malloy, the former President of the New York City and New York State Building and Construction Trade Councils.

As a State Senator and Majority Leader, I had the privilege of knowing and working with Ed, and found him to be a consummate professional and a good friend.  His passionate advocacy for the working men and women of New York was evident to all.

Ed Malloy was instrumental in many of the great things we’ve accomplished here in New York, and he will be sorely missed.  My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

From Congressional candidate Hakeem Jeffries:

“Ed Malloy stood as tall as the buildings he helped erect. His passing is a tremendous loss to all New Yorkers, and his service to this city will not soon be forgotten. I extend my deepest sympathies to his family and friends.”

From AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento:

“Ed Malloy dedicated his life to improving the lives of working men and women throughout the State of New York. Ed was an innovator who thought outside the box and had the rare ability to bring people together from different points of view to create jobs, improve working conditions, and foster positive change.”

“No fight was too big, no issue was too small to get Ed’s personal attention when it came to protecting workers. The thoughts and prayers of our affiliates and members are with Ed’s loved ones on this sad day.”

Politicians Remember Fallen Labor Leader