Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson On The Passing Of Percy Sutton

December 27, 2009

Yesterday, New York lost a giant of a man, and I lost a dear friend and valued mentor.
Percy Sutton was a defining figure in the African American community for over half a century. As leader of the Harlem Clubhouse, ground-breaking civil rights attorney, former Manhattan Borough President, and business entrepreneur, Percy forever changed the political, social and economic landscape of New York. Savior to the famed Apollo Theater and member of the celebrated Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, our state and nation owe him a debt of gratitude that can only be truly honored by a commitment to follow in his trailblazing footsteps.
Percy’s steady influence and fearless leadership touched the lives of countless New Yorkers and paved the way for future generations of elected officials and community activist. He fought to make New York a better place and leaves behind a legacy of success and burning torch for others to carry in his absence.
Percy Sutton led a life of great distinction and will be sorely missed by friends and strangers alike. I would like to thank him one more time for his kindness, his leadership and his guidance.