FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 7, 2011
STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON THE PASSING OF FORMER GOVERNOR HUGH L. CAREY
"It was with extraordinary sadness that I learned of the death of my friend and mentor in public service, Governor Hugh Carey, this morning. When I first considered running for office, Hugh was one of the first people I spent a lot of time with. His strong and determined leadership, and his ability to bring people together to fix the most difficult problems, saved New York City during one of the toughest times in our history, and set the stage for the City's incredible rebirth in the years and decades that followed. Mayors Koch, Dinkins, Giuliani, and I have all stood on the shoulders of this son of Brooklyn, whose political fortitude was matched only by his personal integrity.
"As I often say about our work in New York City, success is not inevitable - it takes hard work, difficult choices, and a willingness to put aside ideological differences. That's how Hugh Carey governed our State and saved our City - and, given the national events of the past week, his loss is a poignant reminder of how badly we need more elected leaders with the character and courage of Hugh Carey.
"I will always be grateful for what Governor Carey did for me, our City, and our state. I ask all New Yorkers to keep him and the entire Carey family in their thoughts and prayers."
Flags at New York City buildings have already been lowered to half staff in honor of the members of our Armed Forces who died yesterday in Afghanistan, and they will remain lowered as a measure of respect for Governor Carey's memory.
Stu Loeser (212) 788-2958
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