New York governor calls for national gun control in eulogy for aide

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‘He will always be my hero’: Family, friends mourn Carey Gabay at Brooklyn wake.

Friends and family gathered Friday at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn to mourn the death of the 43-year-old Cuomo administration attorney killed in a shooting earlier this month. “He was always my hero and he will always be my hero,” Gabay’s brother Aaron McNaughton said. “My brother was more than just a brother.ALBANY — A fund created to help pay for the funeral of a Cuomo administration lawyer killed by a stray bullet to the head is about $5,000 short of its target.“One of the real gross examples of how far we have sunk is what the death if Carey Gabay is all about,” Cuomo said. “The gun violence in this city, in this state, has gotten out of control. Gabay, the 43-year-old Empire State Development Corp. lawyer, was shot in the head on Sept. 7 after he was caught in the line of fire between two rival gangs as he was walking home with his brother and friends after J’Ouvert celebrations in Brooklyn.

Liz Fine from ESD and Howard Zemsky and dozens more who are here today, we consider ourselves his extended family – some would refer to us as his extended dysfunctional family to which I say, it’s still family. Why would he take a caring, loving – why would a caring, loving God break the heart of his young beautiful wife Trenelle, and his mother Audrey, his sisters Crystal and Stephanie?

His death was one of the most tragic pointless examples of the rampant violence that is spreading like a cancer through our society – especially in our poorer communities – and especially in our communities of color. He’s not a gang member, he’s not a criminal, he’s not a drug dealer, he’s not involved in a turf war, but the most innocent of innocent victims. And Carey Gabay, 43 years old, making a difference in life, married, hoping to start a family, ducked down for cover, from shots he never caused from a shooter he never saw and never got up. But Carey’s life told a different story – that a young man with drive and values could still make it – could still make the American Dream a reality. Carey’s life said “the sky was the limit.” Carey’s life said to an entire generation, “young man, you don’t have to take to the streets, you don’t have to sell drugs to make a living, you don’t have to join a gang for a sense of belonging, and you don’t have to hold a gun in your hand to feel like a big man.

He could have sat in a big law firm, made a million dollars a year, bought a big house in the suburbs, gone on vacation and bought expensive jewelry for Trenelle. He worked on anti discrimination bills because he knew from his own life experience is that we still judge people by color of skin rather than by the content of character. A public education system that could take every boy from pubic housing to Harvard University and that didn’t settle for failed public schools with second-rate equipment and second-rate standards or politicians who protected the bureaucracy at the expense of the students.

And a society that has more compassion and a government that has more competence than to allow homeless people to sleep on the street and children to sleep in the squalor of shelters. Safe communities that protect innocent lives and at the end, put an end to senseless killing and the violence that allows gangbangers, criminals and the mentally ill to get a gun too cheaply and too easily. That too many are suffering and too many are dying and we must recall the words of Fannie Lou Hamer’s that we are sick and tired of being sick and tired and it’s time that we do something about it.

It’s time for our national leaders to say that this is their top priority, to save lives of their constituents, with the same gusto and the same commitment that the far right pursues their agenda. He is here today and his spirit lives in me and in you, and in you, and in you, and in you and in the thousands of people who have heard that message and will carry it with her.

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