Several leading elected officials released statements expressing sadness over the death today of Carey Gabay a lawyer with the Cuomo administration, beginning with Governor Andrew Cuomo himself.
Gabay was shot to death in what’s believed was a stray bullet by an unknown assailant as he and family and friends celebrated the West Indian Day parade early last week Monday morning in Brooklyn before dawn.
“It is with profound sadness that we learn of the passing of Carey Gabay,” Cuomo said. “Carey was the epitome of an outstanding public servant. He held a tremendous commitment to his community, and he chose to use his many talents to better the lives of others. New York is undeniably a better place today because of his service. He was also a friend and role model to the many people who were blessed to have known him, and he will be greatly missed. Today, the State of New York has lost one of its finest young men.”
“I thank the doctors, nurses and medical professionals who did everything they could to care for Carey. I also am incredibly appreciative to the men and women of the NYPD who stood watch over Carey and his family day in and day out since his shooting,” Cuomo added.
“I ask that all New Yorkers please join me in keeping Carey’s family in their thoughts and prayers – especially his wife Trenelle Gabay, his mother and stepfather Audrey and Rupert McNaughton, his sisters Crystal Gabay Nurse and Stephanie Gabay Smith, his brother Aaron McNaughton, and his mother-in-law Rosemarrie Campbell. No one should have to experience the pain of losing someone they love to random gun violence, and his family is in our thoughts during this incredibly difficult time.”
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Carey Gabay. He was a dedicated public servant who was committed to New York and his community. We will continue to keep his family and loved ones in our thoughts and prayers,” New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said.
“On behalf of residents of the 43rd District, I extend my deepest sympathies to the Gabay family upon the tragic news of his passing,” Assemblymember Diana C. Richardson, said. “Carey Gabay represented the best ideals of our community: hard work, intelligence, persistence and a compassionate commitment to making a better way for all New Yorkers. To see this shining beacon dimmed so senselessly only clarifies the futility and despondence created by gun violence in our communities.
The void created by this loss is unrepairable, and the pain of absence will linger. Yet, in the face of this tragedy, let us unite as a community inspired by Carey’s exemplary life of public service, and demand that not one more life be taken.”
From the New York City Council, councilmembers Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson (D-Bronx), and Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo (D-Brooklyn) released the following statement: “Today, we join those mourning the tragic loss of Carey Gabay, who was an outstanding public servant committed to making a difference in our communities each and every day. Our thoughts and prayers for comfort and healing continue to go out to his family and friends during this difficult time. He was a husband, son, brother and role model who epitomized the American Dream. His life and legacy will always be remembered through his invaluable contributions within the Empire State.”