Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, and Monroe County GOP Chairman BillReilich are among those who released statements following the death of Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, and Monroe County GOP Chairman Bill Reilich are among those who released statements immediately following the death Saturday of Arizona Sen. John McCain.

McCain, the war hero who became the GOP's standard-bearer in the 2008 election, died Aug. 25 after a battle with brain cancer. Sen. McCain was 81.

An outpouring of support immediately followed Sen. McCain's death as political leaders and friends released statements and took to social media to give their regards.

“Sen. John McCain exemplified all the best parts of what makes America so special,” stated Kolb. “His strength of character, incredible commitment to service and unyielding drive to make our democracy stronger were unparalleled. Few have served our nation with greater distinction, dedication or decency.

“Throughout his life, he epitomized what it means to be a patriot and public servant. As a Navy pilot, Vietnam war hero and United States Senator, John McCain's highest priority was always protecting our nation's ideals and the interests of the American people. On behalf of my family and our Conference, I want to extend my sincerest sympathies to Sen. McCain's loved ones. His courageous voice and moral compass will be greatly missed.”

Stated Reilich, “Senator John McCain was a committed public servant. As a decorated Veteran, Prisoner of War, and United States Senator, he was a man who stood by his convictions. His efforts to better the world through the military, politics, or charity will never be forgotten. America is blessed to have had such a devoted man serve in so many ways. Our thoughts and prayers are with the McCain family in this difficult time.”

U.S. Sen.Charles Schumer stated: “As you go through life, you meet few truly great people. John McCain was one of them. His dedication to his country and the military were unsurpassed, and maybe most of all, he was a truth teller - never afraid to speak truth to power in an era where that has become all too rare. The Senate, the United States, and the world are lesser places without John McCain."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated: "America lost one of her greatest warriors...John McCain gave his life in service to this nation, exemplifying all that we admire in a hero. He was a warrior and a statesman, in the old-fashioned sense. In his own way, he spoke truth to power. He criticized Republicans and Democrats alike. John McCain criticized all of us. Because in his mind, those of us who are privileged to hold public office can never work hard enough for the people of this country. He was right."