Citizen activist Michael Carey is launching a last-minute campaign for governor.
Carey, who achieved local prominence as a legislative activist after his autistic son Jonathan died at the hands of two aides while at the O.D. Heck Developmental Center in Niskayuna, has only days left to file the number of signatures needed for an independent run.
A campaign message on his answering machine said: “We believe we as a people must turn back to God and his ways.”
After Jonathan’s death in 2007, Carey and his wife, who live in Delmar, succeeded in getting several pieces of legislation passed to protect people living in state facilities.
“Although the success I have had in getting laws passed has primarily been in the area of helping the disabled, I have many other important ideas which I believe I can tremendously help the people in New York State,” Carey wrote on his campaign website.
Efforts to reach Carey Friday night were unsuccessful.
Carey is seeking his own ballot line, meaning he must submit petitions with 15,000 signatures by this Tuesday if he wants to be on the Nov. 3 ballot.
If he is able to do that, Carey, 52, would be entering a field dominated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as he seeks a second term. Cuomo faces a Sept. 9 Democratic primary challenge from Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout. Rob Astorino is the Republican candidate.