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Governor Hugh L. Carey: The Legacy for New York State

October 3, 2011

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Governor Carey, who died August 7, served two terms as New York State’s chief executive from 1975 through 1982, entering the office during the most profound fiscal crisis to hit the state in modern times. His leadership is credited with saving New York City and New York State from fiscal catastrophe. His legacy also includes notable achievements in areas including services for the mentally disabled, the environment, mass transit, judicial reform, and rejuvenation of the state’s economy. This forum featured reflections from key members of the Carey administration; members of his family; experts in New York State government; and the author of a recent Carey biography. Participants included: Peter Goldmark (pictured), former New York State budget director; Nancy Carey Cassidy; Michael Carey; Gerald Benjamin, SUNY New Paltz; James Introne, commissioner of the Office of Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities in the Carey administration; E.J. McMahon, Empire Center for New York State Policy; Christine Ward, New York State Archives; and Seymour Lachman, author, The Man Who Saved New York.