By JERRY KASSAR
I was saddened to read of the passing of legendary political journalist Gabe Pressman. I first met Mr. Pressman when I was a young man working on Barry Farber’s mayoral race in 1977. Gabe Pressman was the most important political reporter working that year’s races from the perspective of a respected byline.
I remember being impressed by the serious nature of his interviews and the great insight he exhibited. In my opinion, he was fair and nonpartisan. He was already a legend.
Over the years, our paths crossed many times on campaigns and in government. He in particular filed many a piece on local Assemblymember Florence Sullivan’s campaign for U.S. Senate in 1982.
Even in what should have been retirement, he remained active with a podcast. In fact, he interviewed Mike Long only a few months ago. When Mike mentioned it to me, I was surprised Pressman was still working. Mike and Mr. Pressman went back more than 40 years in terms of interviews. Mike commented to me that Mr. Pressman was as sharp as ever. It was great to talk and catch up.
May he Rest In Peace!
***The Obamacare repeal that passed the House is now being actively discussed in the U.S. Senate. As expected, some of the more controversial sections, especially those relating to Medicaid, are encountering opposition……. http://brooklynreporter.com/story/common-sense-passing-legend