Gabay, a Harvard graduate, former assistant counsel in the governor’s office, and first deputy counsel to Empire State Development, passed away Sept. 15, after being struck by a stray bullet during gang members’ crossfire prior to the West Indian Day Parade in New York City, Sept. 7.
Gov. Cuomo gave the eulogy at Gabay’s funeral Sept. 26, and has publicly called for increased gun control since Gabay’s was killed.
“Carey Gabay was an exceptional individual who could have done anything, but chose to enter into public service and give back,” Cuomo stated. “His kindness, loyalty, and grit made him beloved by family, friends and co-workers, and his dedication to making New York a better, fairer, and safer place made him an inspiration to all. The fellowship and scholarship programs bearing his name will serve as a constant reminder of Carey’s professional accomplishments, and exceptional character, and will ensure his legacy is honored for years to come.”
The Carey Gabay Fellowship will be awarded every two years “to a mid-career attorney who, like Gabay, is committed to public service, hails from an economically disadvantaged background, and most importantly, embodies the integrity and kind-heartedness that distinguished Gabay personally,” the governor’s office stated.
In addition, the fellow will be assigned a mentor, and serve for two years in Cuomo’s office. The first fellow will also lead a major research project on violence prevention in memory of Gabay.
Applications will be accepted beginning January 4, 2016, and will require a personal statement, three references, a writing sample, and academic and professional credentials.
The Carey Gabay Scholarship Program will award, annually, full-ride scholarships to five deserving students to attend the State University of New York. The scholarships will cover all costs of attendance, including tuition, room and board, college fees, books and supplies, and transportation and personal expenses.
According to officials, the scholarship will be available to students at all four-year SUNY colleges beginning in the 2016-17 academic year.
“The scholarships will be targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and mentoring skills, and a commitment to social justice, along with other application criteria to be developed in coordination with Carey’s family,” the state said.
Applications will be accepted beginning January 11, 2016, and awards will be selected based on an application package including an essay, and letters of recommendation from teachers and community members.