Senate President Pro Tempore's Statement on passing of City Councilman Thomas White Jr.

Malcolm A. Smith

August 27, 2010


“Today Southeast Queens lost an iconic advocate, and I lost a dear
friend. City Councilman Thomas White Jr., served his community with
great pride and distinction for over three decades, fighting to keep
our streets safe and drug free, and improve the quality of life for
seniors, children, and small business owners.

As Chair of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Tom White
understood that to get New York working again, we had to get New
Yorkers back to work. His support for the commercial revitalization of
economically distressed areas, and expansion of opportunities for
minority and women owned businesses created countless jobs and helped
families struggling to get by put food on their tables and pay their

“Tom also understood that no community was safe from the dangerous
affects of drugs and alcohol without comprehensive treatment and
community engagement initiatives. His work creating effective alcohol
and substance abuse residential treatment programs saved the lives of
tens of thousands of young men, women, and families whose lives were
torn apart by the affects of drug and alcohol addiction and abuse.

“The thing I will most remember about Tom, is he was a man of active
compassion. He didn’t just care, he did something about it. Tom never
sat on the sidelines, he rolled up his sleeves and fought for our
community every day. For that, we will forever be in his debt, as he

will always be in our memories. On behalf of the State Senate, my
thoughts and prayers go out to Tom’s family.”





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