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Statement on the Passing of James T. Molloy

7/19/2011- “For 20 years South Buffalo’s own James T. Molloy served as the House of Representatives doorkeeper, a prestigious title held by only 34 people going back to 1789.  As the individual with control of access to the House chambers he held great authority but was especially known for greeting Western New Yorkers visiting the Capitol with particular affection.   Generations of local residents, many of whom can be found working on the Hill today, benefited from his welcoming spirit and institutional knowledge.

“Jim was a friend and a confidant.  In my first days and months in Congress he was generous with his time and advice, passing on valuable lessons I keep with me today.  He will be dearly missed by those in Washington, DC and friends and family locally but we have peace in knowing that our own legendary and beloved doorkeeper has now gone on to meet a doorkeeper of a much higher power.”HigginsandMolloy.jpg