Albany, NY (August 7, 2011)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this morning announced the passing of former Governor Hugh L. Carey. Below is a statement from the Carey family:
HUGH L. CAREY
(April 11, 1919- August 7, 2011)
The Family of former Governor Hugh L .Carey announced today that the Governor passed away peacefully at his much loved summer home on Shelter Island, New York, early this morning. The Governor was surrounded by his loving family. He was 92 years of age.
The Fifty First Governor of New York State, Governor Carey served as New York’s Chief Executive from 1975 through 1982. He was widely credited with saving the City of New York from bankruptcy, during the 1970’s fiscal crisis. He signed the landmark Willowbrook Consent Decree and his administration initiated the I Love New York Campaign and The Empire State Games among many endeavors.
Prior to his election as Governor in 1974, Hugh Carey spent 14 years in the U. S. House of Representatives serving Brooklyn’s 12th and 15th congressional districts. He served on the powerful Ways and Means committee in Congress, and was heralded as a champion of the underprivileged. He was a stalwart leader of efforts to achieve fair and equal rights for the developmentally challenged and to create programs to benefit the underserved members of our society.
Governor Carey was a decorated veteran of World War II; his unit liberated the Nordhausen concentration camp from Nazi Germany and he retired from military service with the rank of Colonel. Governor Carey was awarded the Combat Infantry Award, Bronze Star and the Croix de Guerre amongst other honors. A member of The Four Horsemen along with Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and House Speaker Tip O’Neill, Governor Carey strived for peaceful solutions to the conflict in Northern Ireland.
Governor Carey was a graduate of St. John's University and St. John’s School of Law.
He was appointed to the American Battle Monuments Commission by President Bill Clinton.
Hugh Leo Carey was married to the late Helen Owen Carey on February 27th 1947 in The Lady Chapel of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Together they raised 14 children. The Governor is survived by 11 children, 25 grandchildren and 6 Great Grand-Children. Mr. Carey was pre-deceased by his late wife Helen in 1974, and three sons Peter, Hugh Jr., and Paul. His parents were Margaret Collins and Dennis Carey.
Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly.