New York Governor Kathy Hochul Expresses Condolences Over Death Of General Colin Powell

General Colin Powell, the first black secretary of state in the US, passed away at the age of 84. He was already suffering from cancer and COVID-related health complications caused his death. New York Governor Kathy Hochul expressed her condolences on the death of General Powell. She said, “I am saddened by the passing of General Colin Powell, a New Yorker and son of immigrants who rose to the height of American public service during a distinguished career.”

General Colin Powell
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New York Governor Kathy Hochul Calls General Colin Powell An Inspiration

General Powell rose through the ranks even though the odds were stacked against him as he was an African-American. He eventually became the first black secretary of state under George W. Bush’s Presidency. Speaking about his inspiring life, Governor Hochul said, “As the first Black person to serve as National Security Adviser, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State after graduating from the City University of New York, General Powell blazed a path forward for others to follow throughout his decades of service to the United States.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul
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Governor Hochul Orders State Buildings To Lower Flags To Half-Staff

Governor Hochul directed all state buildings to lower the flags to half-staff to honor the life of General Powell. She said, “I am directing flags on all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff until sunset on October 22 in honor of General Powell’s memory and his contributions to building a more perfect union. New Yorkers’ thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Alma, and his children, Linda, Annemarie and Michael.”

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