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New York mayor eulogizes Obama aide Terence Tolbert

NEW YORK — Mayor Michael Bloomberg says a longtime New York political operative, who died while directing Barack Obama’s Nevada campaign, is looking down from heaven with "a smile on his face."

Bloomberg delivered a Manhattan eulogy on Monday for Terence Tolbert, a "son of Harlem" who died of a heart attack in Las Vegas just two days before the election.

Tolbert was a chief lobbyist for New York City’s public schools at the state capital in Albany. His other previous roles included Bloomberg campaign strategist and chief of staff to state Assemblyman Keith Wright.

Bloomberg says his friend, "a one-man melting pot," was equally popular in the city’s Albanian, Chinese, Russian, Irish and Jewish communities.

Intermediate School 195 will now be called the Terence D. Tolbert Education Complex.

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