Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hugh Carey Dead at 92

A funeral mass is being held today in Midtown for former New York Governor Hugh Carey.  Friends and family have joined some of the state's biggest political names for a mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral.  The service is being presided over by Archbishop Timothy Dolan.  The Brooklyn-born lawmaker died Sunday at the age of 92.

Carey took office in 1975 as the city was teetering on bankruptcy, threatening to bring the state down with it. Those attending his wake yesterday say he left an important legacy.  "If you look at all the controls that exist in New York City: How transparent we are fiscally, how well things are, how we have a balanced budget. There are no fiscal gimmicks. That's because of Hugh Carey and the work that he did," said former City Comptroller Bill Thompson.

"He was a spectacular man. He was a wonderful man. He had a great sense of humor. He was not a polarizer. He had the cooperation of Republicans in solving all of the problems that he faced for eight years. He was truly a remarkable person. We miss him," said former Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch.

Carey will be laid to rest later in the day on Shelter Island.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bubba Smith Dead at 66

8/3/11: 10-year NFL veteran and "Police Academy" franchise star Bubba Smith died at age 66 in his Los Angeles home. Authorities believe that he died of natural causes though no official cause of death was announced. The imposing 6-foot-7 Smith retired from the NFL in 1976 after stints as a defensive lineman with the Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers. He appeared twice in the Pro Bowl while playing for the Colts. After retiring from football, Smith turned to acting, most notably starring as Moses Hightower in all but one of the "Police Academy" films.