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Cuomo: $15M plan for center honoring slain aide Carey Gabay

September 4, 2018 Associated Press
Carey Gabay. Judy Sanders/New York Governor’s Office via AP
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New York state is pledging up to $15 million to create a Brooklyn community center honoring an official killed during a Caribbean culture celebration three years ago.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the plan for the Carey Gabay Community Center on Monday while attending the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn.

In 2015, Gabay was fatally hit by stray gunfire during a pre-parade street party known as J’Ouvert. He had been an aide to the Democratic governor and a lawyer for the Empire State Development Corp., the state’s business-development arm. Gabay was 43.

The community center will offer 60,000 square feet (5,574 sq. meters) of space for community groups, swimming, basketball and other sports.

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It will be in the decommissioned Bedford-Union Armory, which is being redeveloped largely into apartments.

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