WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) issued the following statement:
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of the Honorable Al Vann, a giant in every sense of the word.
Al Vann led the Black empowerment movement in Central Brooklyn, founded institutions that transformed lives, passed groundbreaking legislation in Albany and inspired generations of elected officials to enter public service. Brooklyn loved Al Vann, and he loved Brooklyn.
The loss of Mr. Vann is a void that we can never fill. But the countless people whose lives were touched by Al Vann, myself included, will forever be inspired to fight for change as a result of his tremendous life, legacy and his leadership.”