State of New Jersey
Executive Order #79

Governor James E. McGreevey
WHEREAS, Senator John J. Fay, Jr. dedicated many years in public service to the people of the State of New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, Senator Fay served honorably as a member of the U.S. Navy; and

WHEREAS, Senator Fay inspired high school students as a teacher and a role-model for more than two decades; and

WHEREAS, Senator Fay held elected office as a Woodbridge Councilman, as a Middlesex County Freeholder, as a member of the General Assembly and as a State Senator; and

WHEREAS, Senator Fay served with distinction as the first Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly; and

WHEREAS, Senator Fay was a person of extraordinary decency, courage and integrity, and an exceptional leader who served as a teacher, mentor, friend and Statesman to many individuals, including the Governor; and

WHEREAS, it is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Senator Fay and extend our sincere sympathy to his family and friends; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and appropriate to honor the memory and the passing of Senator Fay;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES E. McGREEVEY, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

  1. The flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Saturday, November 1, 2003, in recognition and mourning of the passing of Senator Fay.

  2. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 31st day of October in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Three, and of the Independence of the United States, the Two Hundred and Twenty-Eighth.

/s/ James E. McGreevey




/s/ Michael R. DeCotiis

Chief Counsel to the Governor