At the October 16 2019 meeting of the Rye City Council, Councilwoman Tagger-Epstein shared the unanimous decision of the Commission to honor former Mayor John Carey.
John Carey began his tenure as a public servant in Rye in 1964 when he was elected to the City Council. A decade later, he took over as Rye’s first Democratic mayor in 1974, serving two terms until 1982.
Carey was also a widely respected scholar of international human rights law. He authored dozens of academic articles and two books, including “UN Protection of Civil and Political Rights”. He also founded United Nations Law Reports and served as editor for half a century.
During his career, Carey was appointed to the United Nations Sub-commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and the Protection of Minorities, a position appointed by both the Democratic and Republican parties, and served for nearly 25 years, from 1964 to 1988.
John also fought for justice on the home front. He advocated for the inclusion of all at our local country clubs, and made a personal choice to leave his long time club when they would not allow Jews and African-Americans into the club.
We are honored to rename the Human Rights award, The John Carey Award for Human Rights.
We will be announcing the recipients of this award next month.