The Carey Group LLC
Real estate development and government relations specialists


Michael G. Carey
(212) 912-3663
(212) 912-3667

Michael G. CareyMr. Carey formed The Carey Group LLC in 2004 to provide government relations advice and assistance to developers as well as a variety of companies with government interests/issues, including service providers and contractors.

At The Carey Group, Mr. Carey has used his skills as a lawyer and his knowledge of government to advocate for developers and their projects. Mr. Carey offers strategic advice and representation in connection with development opportunities, including RFP responses, as well as agency negotiations and approvals. Mr. Carey works to advance projects by securing government and political support and financial assistance, including incentives. Mr. Carey also provides ongoing representation to service providers and contractors in their dealings with government agencies.

Prior to forming The Carey Group, Mr. Carey was a partner at Plunkett and Jaffe, P.C. where he represented clients in connection with a variety of public-private partnership and provided government relations in connection with a number of high profile projects.

Prior to joining Plunkett and Jaffe, Mr. Carey served as a Special Advisor to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2002; Mr. Carey concentrated on special projects, including among others, the Cityís takeover of the Board of Education, and he oversaw the School Construction Authority. While serving in the Bloomberg administration, Mr. Carey resurrected the Educational Construction Fund (dormant since the 1970ís), whose mission is to encourage neighborhood development by constructing mixed use real estate projects that feature new school facilities. Mr. Carey served on the Fundís Board from 2002-2004.

During the administration of Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Carey was President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) from 1999-2002 and served as EDCís First Executive Vice President and General Counsel from 1997-1999. EDC is the Cityís primary vehicle for business recruitment and economic development initiatives, including real estate development.

From 1999-2002, Mr. Carey was also chairman of the New York City Industrial Development Agency, which helped hundreds of companies and not-for-profit organizations to undertake capital expansions through bond financing and/or tax benefits.

While at EDC, Mr. Carey oversaw a number of high profile projects including:

  • a variety of projects relating to the revitalization of 125th Street;
  • the development of KeySpan Park in Coney Island and Richmond County Bank Ballpark in Staten Island;
  • the ongoing development of Queens West
  • the relocation of the Fulton Fish Market in The Bronx; and,
  • a variety of projects relating to the revitalization of 42nd Street, including Two Times Square, the Ernst & Young Building and The New York Times Building

Prior to joining EDC, Mr. Carey was a Managing Director at the investment banking firm Cambridge Partners, where he specialized in municipal finance and financial products. Before joining Cambridge Partners, he was a partner with the law firm of Whitman Breed Abbot & Morgan, where he practiced corporate and commercial litigation. Mr. Carey began his career at the law firm of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison. He is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law and the Catholic University of America.

Mr. Carey is counsel to Harris Beach PLLC, a firm which specializes in public finance, economic development and IDA work. The Harris Beach firm has offices in New York City and a number of key upstate locations. Mr. Carey also currently serves on the Board of the New York Convention Center Development Corporation. He is also on the Advisory Board of B.E.S.T., an organization dedicated to stopping human trafficking, and is on the Advisory Board of Sullivan International Advisory Services, LLC, whose focus is providing tax, legal and strategic advice to companies active in Asian markets.