Congressman Edolphus "Ed" Towns (NY10) released the following statement today on the passing of Congressman Donald M. Payne:
"It is with profound sorrow that I express my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of my dear friend and colleague Donald M. Payne with whom I was privileged to serve in the United States House of Representatives for the 23 years he proudly and marvelously represented New Jersey's residents. He was one the most honorable and compassionate people I have known in my life. He was a champion for the less fortunate here in the United States, in Africa, and throughout the world. His presence will be sorely missed."