Hugh L. Carey Dead: Former New York Governor Dies At 92

08/07/2011 09:57 am ET | Updated Oct 07, 2011

Hugh L. Carey, former Governor of New York, is dead at 92.

Carey's family announced his passing through current Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Newsday reports.

He died Sunday at his summer home on Shelter Island, NY, according to the New York Times.

From the Times Union:

Today, New York State mourns the loss of one of our finest leaders, Governor Hugh L. Carey.

Governor Carey led our state during a time of great financial turmoil and pulled us back from the brink of bankruptcy and economic ruin.

Governor Carey was a true American success story. He was born and raised in Brooklyn. He served with valor in Germany during World War II and when he returned home to Brooklyn, he married and started a family. He became a civic and business leader and was elected to Congress, where no one fought harder for New York.

Carey began his career in politics in 1960, when he successfully ran for the House of Representatives. After seven terms in the House, he ran and became the 51st Governor of New York. Serving from 1975 through 1982, he is best remembered for saving New York from its then-worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

He is survived by 11 children, 25 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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