Statement from Chairman Cox on the Passing of Clarence "Rapp" Rappleyea
September 5, 2016
"It is with a heavy heart, we grieve the loss of a true New York giant, Clarence "Rapp" Rappleyea.
"As a revered Leader of the Assembly Republican Conference, he inspired many, including myself, to get involved in state politics and government in the 1980's and 1990's, beginning by appointing me to the Court of Appeals Commission on Judicial Nomination. He was an integral part of establishing the Republican Party in New York as a party of principles. He will be remembered for his influence and collaboration with Party greats like Bill Powers, and transformative candidates like Mayor Giuliani and Governor Pataki. Under their leadership, they built an organization from a weak opposition party to a strong, governing Party under whom effective reforms brought good government to New York City and New York State.
"On behalf of the entire New York Republican Party, Tricia and I extend our deepest condolences to the Rappleyea family. He will be missed by all, but his legacy to the people of New York will never be forgotten."