"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a treasured public servant and close personal friend, Reggie Lafayette. Reggie was an iconic figure in Westchester Democratic politics and a trailblazer in many ways. He was a proud leader in our county and in our state. Reggie played a huge role in my life as he did with so many Democrats through his decades of service. I owe a tremendous debt to him for where I am today. He will be incredibly missed, but always remembered."