Gov. Cuomo Aide in Critical Condition after NYC Carnival Jouvert


A lawyer in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration was in critical condition after being shot in the head by an apparent stray bullet early Monday during a spate of violence in Brooklyn before the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade that included a fatal stabbing, officials said.

A law enforcement source said Carey Gabay, 43, a first deputy general counsel at Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development agency, was on life support Monday.


Carey Gabay, a Jamaican-born Harvard-graduate who is a first deputy general counsel at the Empire State Development Corporation and former assistant counsel to Cuomo, was is at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn according to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

.The shooting occurred Monday at about 3:40 a.m. on Bedford Avenue between Sullivan Place and Montgomery Street, NYPD Assistant Chief Patrick Conry said. Gabay was at a Jouvert party at the time, officials said.

Gabay “worked his way up from the projects” in the Bronx according to Governor Cuomo.

“He is the classic American Dream story,” Cuomo told the New York Daily News.

 Gabay, 43, went to Harvard for his undergrad degree and then also graduated from Harvard Law School. He previously worked at the law firm Jones Day from 2007 to 2009 and Schulte Roth & Zabel from 2002 to 2007, according to the governor’s office.

Carey and Trenelle Gabay, his wife who was born in Trinidad, live in Brooklyn.

Gabay was one of four people injured at the J’Ouvert Festival which is unrelated to the West Indian American Day Carnival Association.

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