Governor Carey announcing the War on Drugs

Governor Hugh L. Carey announcing the War on Drugs from Bryant Park. The New York Public Library main branch can be seen in the background.

Governor Carey stated “Today New York declares war on heroin. We begin that war here in Bryant Park, a small piece of New York State which pushers claim belongs to them. Well, no part of New York belongs to these parasites.”

Immediately to the Governor’s right is Julio A. Martinez, (Director, division of Substance Abuse Services).
Date Original
September 29 1980
New York State Archives. New York (State). Governor. Public information photographs, 1910-1992. Series 13703-82, Box 7, No. 032.
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