US Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan) released the following statement on the retirement from Congress of her friend and colleague, Congressman Gary Ackerman:
“Gary Ackerman is a quintessential New Yorker, a consummate legislator, and a dear friend. Even after 15 terms in Congress, Gary was a breath of fresh air in Washington. His passion, keen sense of humor, and dedication to serving others will be sorely missed.
“Through his longtime service on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Ackerman provided invaluable leadership on issues relating to the Middle East and Asia, and was instrumental in strengthening the ties between America and Israel.
“While I will miss seeing the ‘unsinkable’ Gary Ackerman in the halls of Congress, I know that he will continue his efforts to improve the lives of New Yorkers and all Americans.”