Officials react to the death of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Numerous officials have expressed sympathy over the death of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

Governor David Paterson:

"It is with great sadness and fond memories that New York says goodbye to George Steinbrenner-a larger than life sportsman and brilliant entrepreneur who presided over baseball's last dynasty and helped revolutionize the business of baseball.

"Mr. Steinbrenner's passion for the game was unmatched. He committed himself and all of the Yankees' resources to one thing and one thing only: winning. And he won quite often. During his 37 years as principal owner, the Yankees won 11 pennants and seven World Series championships. That's more than any other team over the same period. Opposing players and fans may have bristled at his outspoken leadership over the years, but it was only because they wished they had a Steinbrenner of their own.

"Mr. Steinbrenner passing comes on the morning of Major League Baseball's All-Star Game, a contest dedicated to the fans and to the glory of the game. This is a fitting tribute, as Mr. Steinbrenner was one of the last owners who felt as much loyalty and kinship with his fans as they felt with his team. So as Americans gather this evening to watch baseball's best-including six of his Yankees-I hope we all take a moment to remember the life and legacy of George Steinbrenner: the owner; the businessman; the husband and father; the Boss.
"On behalf of a grateful city and State, I wish comfort during this difficult time to Mr. Steinbrenner's wife, Elizabeth, and children, Hank, Hal, Jessica and Jennifer. He will truly be missed."

NYS Attorney General Andrew Cuomo:

“George Steinbrenner was a giant among New Yorkers with a personality that transcended sports. Nobody in sports set the bar higher, and nobody delivered results like him.

George worked tirelessly to embed the Yankees’ championship tradition into new generations of fans, and his ever-apparent love for and dedication to the team and the City made him a true American icon.

While his loss is a profound one for New York City and baseball fans everywhere, we will also remember his incredible accomplishments and contributions. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:

"Today my thoughts and prayers are with the Steinbrenners and the entire Yankees family.

“George's single-minded drive in the pursuit of excellence and his devotion to family inspired people far beyond the baseball diamond. He will be greatly missed by those in pinstripes and baseball fans in New York and throughout the world.”

U.S. Olympic Foundation President and former USOC President Bill Hybl:

"Today we mourn the loss of one of this country's most iconic sports figures. His impact on sports supersedes baseball and the New York Yankees. His work on behalf of the U.S. Olympic Committee and in particular U.S. Olympic athletes continues to affect the way the USOC conducts business today. The Steinbrenner report in 1989 revolutionized the USOC's sport performance philosophy, and a generation of Olympians have benefited as a result. His influence on the U.S. Olympic Movement, his devotion to sport and the pursuit of excellence will forever be remembered."

Former USOC Executive Director Harvey Schiller:

"Through 25 years of service to the U.S. Olympic Movement, Mr. Steinbrenner's contributions to athletes and Olympic fans are second to none. From his work on the Steinbrenner Report, and his volunteer service on the USOC Board, to his Chairmanship of the U.S. Olympic Foundation, George has left an everlasting impact on the USOC, the athletes and American public."

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