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Rep. Zeldin Statement on Passing of Former NY-1 Congressman William Carney

May 24, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) issued a statement today on the passing of William Carney, a former Congressman for New York’s First Congressional District. Mr. Carney served as a Representative for four terms, between 1979 and 1987, and was also a member of the Suffolk County Legislature, prior to his service in Congress.

Congressman Zeldin said, “I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of former Congressman William Carney, a principled, thoughtful, and highly respected leader who served his district with honor and distinction. A registered Conservative Party member in New York, Mr. Carney was a relentless fighter who deeply cared about his constituents, and had a long list of accomplishments during his tenure in Congress. This includes sponsorship of a bill which became law that designated areas of the Fire Island Seashore as wilderness, ensuring its conservation and protection. Always so very proud of America’s service members, having served in the Army himself in the 1960s, Rep. Carney was also a cosponsor of the Korean War Memorial Act, as well as a resolution to recognize the vital role played by members of the National Guard and Reserves in the defense of our nation. Mr. Carney will be remembered for his strength, integrity, and commitment to his district and nation. Our community honors the Carney family during this difficult time and thanks each and every one of them for Bill’s selfless service to Long Island and our country.”