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Statement on the Passing of Maggi Peyton

I am saddened to share with you news of the passing of my dear friend and advisor Maggi Peyton.

There are legions of Maggi acolytes in politics, government, and arts groups across this city. And I am one of them.

She was the quintessential New York political operative: brilliant, quick, funny, graceful and skeptical all at once — and all that in just a glance from her piercing blue eyes.

I’ve known her since I had my first political job and have trusted her counsel on a host of campaigns, causes and projects ever since, while we worked together for a better world.

When I took office as Borough President, I was grateful that she was willing to stay on in her role as a special advisor to the Borough President. Now that I won’t have her advice anymore, my life will be the poorer for it.

My heart goes out to her family and I join the rest of her friends in being heartbroken — but ever so grateful to have known her.

There will be a memorial service on November 21, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a special fund in her honor at the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, 105 Duane Street, 21C, New York, NY 10007.

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