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In memoriam: 'O'Rourke-for-New York'

Former Westchester County Executive Andrew O'Rourke speaks at

Former Westchester County Executive Andrew O'Rourke speaks at a meeting of the New York Senate Judiciary Committee in Albany. (Jan. 13, 1998 ) (Credit: AP, 1998)

When Westchester County Executive Andy O'Rourke ran for governor in 1986, the chant from supporters went, "O'Rourke for New York!" He seemed to enjoy the run, touring with a cardboard cutout of Gov. Mario Cuomo, his opponent, as a bit of mockery. O'Rourke lost in a landslide that year.

O'Rourke died at 79 late this past week in the Bronx.

The GOP state committee sends this email:

The New York Republican State Committee pauses . . . to honor the memory of former Westchester County Executive Andrew P. O'Rourke.

Andy's many contributions to his state and county left an indelible impression on our party. In addition to his 15-year tenure as Westchester County executive, he served as a member of the Yonkers City Council, a Westchester County legislator, Chairman of the Board of Legislators, Court of Claims Judge and New York State Supreme Court Justice.
We remember Andy for his wit, charm, compassion and dedication to public service.
We ask all New Yorkers to keep Andy and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

More coverage here.

Photo: Westchester County Executive Anrew O'Rourke at his office window in White Plains.

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