One more note about Hugh Carey’s political career.
The New York Times obit said Carey “ran for mayor of New York as an independent, angering Democratic Party leaders and prompting predictions of his political demise.”
Here, the term “independent” most likely refers to the fact that Carey ran as a Democrat, but not with support from the any notable part of the Democratic establishment; not that he ran as something other than a Democrat.
Before saving New York State, Hugh Carey served 14 years in congress representing part of Brooklyn.
The Democrat and Chronicle yesterday wrote that “Senator Charles E. Schumer was elected to Carey’s Congressional seat after Carey.”
Carey gave up his seat in 1974, when he got elected governor. The person who replaced him was a man named Leo Zeferetti, a conservative Democrat from the Bay Ridge / Bensonhurst area. Schumer, in 1974, was elected to the State Assembly.