I was Governor in 1983 when AIDS suddenly struck like a plague and our great New York City nearly panicked. People thought to be suffering from AIDS were treated as pariahs; it was difficult to get beds for the victims, or doctors and nurses to treat them. With no need for prodding, JOHN CARDINAL O'CONNOR made St. Clare's Hospital in Manhattan a haven for AIDS victims, and that example helped encourage the city's aggressive response to a uniquely severe crisis. For many years after that, without publicizing it, the Cardinal visited AIDS patients, sought to comfort them and even changed bedpans.


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