Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin issued the following statement on the death of longtime State Senator Gerald Cardinale:
“I am deeply saddened to learn that Senator Cardinale has passed away.
“Gerry was a well-respected legislator for over four decades. He was known for his diplomacy, tact, passion and integrity. He will be greatly missed. His passing is a loss for the Legislature, his constituents and most importantly his family.
“I offer my deepest condolences to Gerry’s wife of 62 years, Carole, his five children and the entire Cardinale family.
“May he rest in peace.”