Hugh Carey, known for reining in a culture of spending and saving New York State from financial collapse in the mid-to-late 1970s as the state's 51st governor, died on Sunday at the age of 92 at his summer home on Shelter Island.
The New York Times published the news of Carey's death, which was announced by the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“Governor Carey led our state during a time of great financial turmoil and pulled us back from the brink of bankruptcy and economic ruin,” Cuomo said in a statement.
Born in 1919 in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Carey was a World War II veteran and served as governor from 1975 through 1982. Father to more than a dozen children, he split his time for decades between Brooklyn and Shelter Island, where he lived quietly with his family.
Read the New York Times' account of Carey's life here, and stay tuned for the full obituary this week on North Fork Patch.