People had a habit of underestimating Hugh Carey, the former New York governor who died the other day at age 92. They thought he was a sure loser when he ran for Congress in 1960 against a popular Republican incumbent. But he won. They thought he would finish well behind better known rivals when Read More
With the nation’s largest city teetering on the brink of bankruptcy in September of 1975, New York Governor Hugh Carey traveled to the exclusive Burning Tree Golf Course outside Washington, D.C., where he made a show of losing a round to his old friend, Wisconsin Republican Melvin Laird, in exchange for information. Why, asked Mr. Read More
On the morning of Monday, March 8, Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch placed a call to Kathryn Wylde, president of the civic-minded business group Partnership for New York City, with a request.
Mr. Ravitch, who was working on a plan to reform the state’s dismal system of budgeting, needed support—and fast. He wanted Ms. Wylde, a Read More
Former Governor Hugh Carey endorsed John Heyer in the race for the City Council seat being vacated by Bill de Blasio in brownstone Brooklyn.
The campaign noted that Heyer went to school with Carey’s granddaughter, which may explain why he’s getting involved in a local City Council race.
Heyer did note that as a Read More
ALBANY—Lawyers for David Paterson and Senator Dean Skelos are due back in court Thursday to argue the constitutionality of Richard Ravitch's appointment earlier this month as lieutenant governor.
On Monday, the Paterson lawyers filed several documents in support of their case, including the above affidavit from former governor Hugh Carey. The crux of it Read More
So, what does appointing Richard Ravitch as lieutenant governor do for David Paterson’s re-election prospects next year?
Political consultant Joe Mercurio thinks it doesn’t help.
In an email, Mercurio said, “Richard Ravitch is a public servant who could not get elected mayor in NYC when he ran, and is not well known outside the city, Read More
Former Bloomberg communications director Bill Cunningham just called to ask why a statement by former Governor Hugh Carey in support of extending term limits was not posted here.
I told him that, at least for me, what Carey has to say about the term-limits debate right now isn't particularly pivotal. Cunningham, who also worked for Read More
With the final speaking schedule for Thursday released, the gubernatorial tally is in: David Paterson was one 15 governors to land a slot at the podium at the Democratic convention this week.
There are 28 Democratic governors in the country, so that puts Paterson in the majority. His time slot (around 3:45 M.S.T Tuesday) Read More
As he seeks to resuscitate the political fortunes of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, William Cunningham, the Mayor’s communications director, has been thinking a lot about another of his bosses, Hugh Carey-whose political career was nearly destroyed by a fiscal crisis a generation ago.
Mr. Cunningham worked for the formerGovernor throughoutthe 1970′s,aperiod when dire economic times came Read More
The last time the city found itself in such perilous condition, the Governor of New York, a Brooklyn Democrat named Hugh Carey, found himself begging, cajoling, demanding and otherwise twisting the arm of another Brooklyn Democrat, Mayor Abe Beame, to get on with the pain and sacrifice, regardless of the political cost.
Today, New York Read More