Funeral services set for former NY Gov. Hugh Carey

By FRANK ELTMAN | August 11, 2011 | 2:36 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Gov. Hugh Carey, who led the state out of an economic crisis in the 1970s, is being remembered at a funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan on Thursday.

The Brooklyn-born Carey, who served two terms as governor from 1975 to 1982, died Sunday at the age of 92.

He has been praised by Democrats and Republicans alike for his leadership when New York City teetered on the edge of fiscal calamity.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, called him a "true American success story."

Former Republican Gov. George Pataki also cited Carey's "sober, enlightened leadership."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says Carey's leadership set the stage for the city's "incredible rebirth" in the years following the fiscal crisis.