Carey Institute




‘I am a New Yorker by birth, education and inclination. I know how strong we are as a people. I know that together, we are strong enough to do what must be done in the name of common decency. And I am determined, by the deepest teachings of my faith, to hear the cries of distress from the least among us — to redress those wrongs which challenge our claim of caring.’

Gov. Hugh L. Carey,
from his 1975 inaugural address

The Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform is named for the 51st governor of New York, who served from 1975 to 1982. The Carey Institute is a nonpartisan research center at Wagner College that specializes in analyzing policy issues, political institutions and processes, and contemporary governance challenges. Its research focuses on areas in need of reform and offers specific solutions with the goals of improving the performance of government at all levels, informing debate, and providing decision-makers with the expert analysis and ideas needed to undertake meaningful change.