(NEW YORK) -- Flags across New York State will fly at half-staff to honor former South Africa President, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday at the age of 95.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who directed flags on State buildings to fly at half-staff on Friday to honor Mandela, also said in a statement that while the anti-apartheid icon has passed away, his legacy lives on.
"Nelson Mandela refused to accept injustice, fought relentlessly for what was right, and showed that a dedicated person of courage actually can change the course of history," Gov. Cuomo said. "His struggle to end racism, poverty and inequality began with his fight against apartheid, continued through his service as the first black President of South Africa and is now passed on for the world to continue."
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also ordered flags at City Hall to be flown at half-staff, as he said Mandela would be remembered as one of the most transformative and influential figures in modern history.
"Mandela was a global icon who broke the back of apartheid in South Africa and inspired generations of people around the world with his spirit of resolve and reconciliation," Bloomberg said in a statement. "The tickertape parade Mayor Dinkins organized for him in 1990 was a great moment for our city, and his visit here in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 helped give our city strength and hope -- for which we will be forever grateful."
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