The following statement can be attributed to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman in response to the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela.
"I join millions of people around the world in expressing my deep sadness over the passing of Nelson Mandela. His commitment to the cause of equal rights has long served as an international symbol of change and unity for people of all races and cultures. His fearless quest to establish democracy in South Africa will continue to inspire the American pursuit for equal justice under the law. Let us remember him today as a role model and a symbol of peace. My deepest sympathies go out to the Mandela family and countless others who were inspired and moved by Mandela throughout his life."