Carey Gabay epitomized the American story. A son of Jamaican immigrants, he rose from public housing in the Bronx to graduate from Harvard University and Harvard Law School. He dedicated himself to public service, serving as an assistant counsel to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and most recently as First Deputy Counsel for the Empire State Development Corporation, the state’s chief economic development agency.
Giving back was always part of Carey’s story. At Harvard he ran and won election to become the president of the student body. In Brooklyn, he tutored children at a local community center. He was known for his jovial nature, generosity of spirit and an enduring smile. Those he loved are struggling to make sense of this loss and also working to preserve his legacy.