As a sponsor of the Long Island Aviation History Act that recognizes, among other local accomplishments, the local building of Neil Armstrong's lunar module, I want to say that Mr. Armstrong was a true American hero who united the nation in pride as we watched him take his “giant leap for mankind.”
Long Islanders especially take great pride in his historic achievement, having taken part in the building of so many of NASA's spacecraft over the years.
As we mourn Mr. Armstrong's passing, we also celebrate his contributions, and carry on his legacy in our continued efforts in space, most recently demonstrated by the amazing Mars exploration rover Curiosity.
Carolyn McCarthy is the representative of New York’s Fourth Congressional District. She was first elected in 1996.