Former NY Gov. Carey has cardiac bypass surgery

NEW YORK (AP) – Former New York Gov. Hugh L. Carey is recovering from emergency cardiac bypass surgery.

The surgery was performed Thursday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Carey's family said in a statement that the 90-year-old former governor was at his winter home in Gulf Stream, Fla. when he began to experience shortness of breath while exercising.

Doctors at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale discovered a coronary blockage and recommended surgery.

Carey was flown to New York for the operation. His family said that he serenaded the flight crew by singing “New York, New York” during the flight.

Carey, a Democrat, was governor from 1975 to 1983. He served seven terms in Congress before that.

A hospital spokeswoman said Carey had no previous heart surgeries.

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