As the sad news that Adam “MCA” Yauch had passed away permeated the news cycle, many prominent politicians throughout New York understandably weighed in through social media in order to give their respects to Mr. Yauch, born and raised in Brooklyn, and wish his family well.
We’ve already noted Senator Chuck Schumer’s contribution, but since it was the best, we’ll start with him:
Born and Bred in Brooklyn, U.S.A., they call him Adam Yauch, but he’s M.C.A. RIP Adam.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:
Sad day for so many New Yorkers & music fans everywhere. My heart & prayers go out to Adam Yauch’s family & everyone who loved him.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg:
Thanks to artists like him #RIPMCA // RT @BenjySarlin: MCA a timely reminder that New York is more awesome than everywhere else
Rep. Nydia Velázquez:
The passing of Adam Yauch, or MCA, is a profound loss. All of Brooklyn is mourning. #BeastieBoys
Rep. Yvette Clarke:
Today we remember Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys and a proud graduate of Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn. He will be remembered for his contributions to the development of music and his work on human rights.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz:
Brooklyn—the Creative Capital of New York City—has made so many great contributions to music and the arts, and in the world of hip hop, they don’t come much bigger than Brooklyn native Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch and his fellow Beastie Boys. Adam, who grew up in Brooklyn Heights, co-founded the Beastie Boys while a student at Edward R. Murrow High School and the group went on to sell more than 40 million records worldwide and earn a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And, of course, Adam’s home borough was immortalized in the Beastie Boys’ 1987 hit, No Sleep Till Brooklyn, and he never forgot where he came from with lyrics like Open Letter to NYC’s ‘At lunch I’d go to Blimpies down on Montague Street and hit the Fulton Street Mall for the sneakers on my feet.’ The thoughts and prayers of Brooklynites and music fans everywhere are with Adam’s wife, Dechen Wangdu, and their daughter, Tenzin Losel, during this difficult time.
Councilman Jumaane Williams:
#RIP to one of #Brooklyn’s sons, #AdamYauch. The #BeastieBoys were part of the soundtrack of my youth. #MCA was a true #hiphop original.
Councilman Steve Levin:
RIP M.C.A. – Brooklyn lost a favorite son today. #BeastieBoys #musicalinnovation
Former State Senator Craig Johnson:
I remember recording “Fight for your Right” w/ buddies on band trip to Hershey Park during high school. #RIPMCA